The Parkin Drawing Prize is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.








2020 People’s Choice Winner announced

Billy Wilson – ‘Mungyo’

The winner of this year’s People’s Choice is Billy Wilson for ‘Mungyo’, a work in oil pastel on kraft paper.  The work was very favourably commented on by the art loving public during the exhibition.

Billy says  “Mungyo represents another experiment in my ongoing investigation of where art and architecture meet. An 11th century carved stone relief by Pisano has become the starting point for a large scale surface of dense oil pastel that achieves a material weight in the gallery space.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Billy has been selected as a Parkin Drawing Prize finalist. 

Congratulations to the 2020 winner of the Parkin Drawing Prize

Poppy Lekner from Wellington has been named winner for her artwork, Forward Slash.

Poppy's work ‘Forward Slash’, an A4  drawing using the left and right index finger on Brother typewriter, was chosen as the winner from an impressive 482 entries nationwide and 76 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries on Monday 3 August 2020. Read more.

See all selected entries

Parking Drawing Prize 2020 continues

This year’s Parkin Drawing Prize has remained open despite the COVID 19 lock down. There has been no human contact during the entry or selection of finalists phases. The competition will proceed  in line with our original timeline. Selection of the winner and merit recipients will be able to proceed. This is irrespective of whether there are restrictions on the Academy Galleries being able to show an exhibition to the public. We regularly reviewed the situation based on Government and Ministry of Health advice. No scenario has affected the entries, the close off date, or the selection of finalists and winner. We encourage you to come and see the exhibition during August 2020.

Stay safe and well.



See 2020 Finalist artwork here

2020 Winner

Poppy Lekner - Forward Slash

Merit Awards

Simon Attwooll - Home

Akiko Diegel - The day after yesterday

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - acid 2020 

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - pink 2020

Stuart Forsyth - I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before

Michael Hawkins - Student Deb

Ina Johann - Mapping another life - A state of being in disguise of a cloud 2020

Maria OToole- Tukorehe Wetland, Sound Score, Waituhi - Nuku: Drawing Ecologies, 2020

Jennifer Summers - Suburban Orb

Elisabeth Vullings - 1:1 Door

The 2020 Finalists

Kiri Abraham - An Explosive Terroir

Simon Attwooll - Home - MERIT

Jacqueline Aust - Dislocation I

Kathy Barber - Fading

Jordan Barnes - The Artist and the Ego (among other things)

Michele Beaufoy - TIER

Kirsty Black - Loopy Lie

Natalie Britten - The Fountain of Life and Death

David Brown - AR 2020-110

Kara Burrowes - Locked Down

Oliver Cain - Coat of Cain

Cathy Carter - The Nine Stars of Matariki, Te Iwa o Matariki

Madeleine Child - Korari Stick Drawing

Wayne Churcher - Revolver

Fifi Colston - Well Hung

Zoe Cromwell - CODE

Akiko Diegel - The day after yesterday - MERIT

Ruby Joy Eade - Lockdown Redwork

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - acid 2020 - MERIT

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - pink 2020 - MERIT

Matt Ellwood - Tissueface

Kirsten Ferguson - Garden

Stuart Forsyth - I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before - MERIT

Sarah Guppy - The source of water

Weilun Ha - Hydra

Michael Hawkins - Student Debt - MERIT

Julie Heffernan - Supported, Framed, Not Boxed In.

Darnia Hobson - Land

Jutta Humpfer - Runners -  Beginning Taxonomic Collection

Heather Hunt - Stick drawing after Matisse and Lockdown

Hasitha Jayasinghe - Decisive Scribble

Jon Jeet - Art New Zealand volume 28-33

Ina Johann - Mapping another life - A state of being in disguise of a cloud 2020 - MERIT

Ina Johann - 25 MAY 2020, diptych

Tamara Kan - Detritus

Madison Kelly - Like Light in Light

Poppy Lekner - Forward Slash - WINNER

Hugo Koha Lindsay - Figure 8

Kaye McGarva - Divided

Wendy Murphy - Meditation on Mortality : Pulsation

Alexis Neal - Tradition HB

Gill Newland - Thin Black Line

Simon Nicholls - Annulus 2

Hollie ONeill - 6:48 AM

Maria OToole - Tukorehe Wetland, Sound Score, Waituhi - Nuku: Drawing Ecologies, 2020 - MERIT

Miranda Parkes - Figureskater

Donna-Marie Patterson - The Flowing of Time

Anna Perry - Domestic Bubble

Rosie Ralph - Sierra

Deborah Rundle - On a Clear Day

Merthyr Ruxton - Untitled: blue yellow 12.19

Kotomi Sakabe - Savoy Cabbage

Andre Sampson - Rules for Compositors, 2019

Kiri Saul - Radiance

Oniyonkid - Kiri Scott - Moment of Change

Diane Scott - I put this moment here.

Jason Secto - Continuum

Andrea Selwood - Repository of Touch

Lea-Anne Sheather - Breathe

Michael Springer - All things considered

Jo Stallard - Lament for the Trees

Mo Stewart - One Voice

Morag Stokes - Just Dickin’ Around #2

Jennifer Summers - Suburban Orb - MERIT

Karyn Taylor - 3 Planes 4 Dimensions

Kai Tee - Space between Spaces - Nowhere

Catherine Thomson - Death Cleaning

James Thomson-Bache - Annihilation of a comic book

Cathy Tuato’o Ross - Samoan

Akky van der Velde - Yellow & Black 2020

Elisabeth Vullings - 1:1 Door - MERIT

Ashley Wicks - The Bach

Mia Wilson - Leaving Home

Maree Wilson - An unknown way

Billy Wilson - Mungyo People’s Choice Winner

Bonnie Wroe - Still life with puff sleeve top




10 March 2020

Entries are now CLOSED.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Entries closed at 4pm. 
Late entries will not be accepted.

26  June 2020

Works shortlisted for the prize will be announced.

24  July 2020 

Works shortlisted for the prize to arrive at the Academy, 4pm.

 3 August 2020

The winner will be announced at the official awards evening at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

4-30 August 2020 

The exhibition will open to the public.




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