‘Woman’s Work’ wins People’s Choice

Deb Shepherd’s towering and intricate thread hanging, ‘Woman’s Work #1’, narrowly beat Merit Award winner Lucy Dolan Kang’s hanging, ‘The beginning and the end’, in the Peoples’ Choice Award competition of the Parkin Drawing Prize this year by a single vote. Merit Award winner Emily Harris’ ‘Take It Away’ received the third highest vote from the 377 votes cast. 

Deb described her work as, “A gesture in response to the perceived inequality of women’s work and their value within society.” In her artist statement, Deb explained, “ Creativity through art, fashion and textiles has always played a fundamental role throughout my artistic life. Through the use of free-motion stitch as an artistic technique, where the needle acts as the pen, and the fabric, in place of paper, is freely moved around beneath to create the image by drawing with thread, my artwork aims to push the boundaries of stitch as an art form.”

Deb Shepherd beside her People’s Choice Award winning work, ‘Woman’s Work #1’

Lucy Dolan Kang’s work of dye and bleach on repurposed drop cloth with gold work and garnet, suspended on charred driftwood, “delves into the cyclical nature of time, challenging the notion of a linear progression. It questions the boundaries between beginnings and endings, emphasizing the evolution and repetition of existence.” In her artist statement, Lucy explained, “An ouroboros symbolises this ‘near’ completion of a circle, stitched onto an image of a cloudburst, a natural, ‘recycling’ phenomenon reflecting natures innate drive to restore balance.”

Lucy Dolan Kang, ‘The beginning and the end’

‘Woman’s Work’ wins People’s Choice


Parkin Drawing Prize 2023

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Merit Awards

The Day He Told Me He'd Died - Kata Brown 

Ironing Bored - Jann Lenihan 

40 hour work week - Frances Krsinich 

The beginning and the end - Lucy Dolan Kang

Ruby - Bonnie Wroe

Modernity - Jordan Barnes

I just thought I was really important Brent Treacher

How I Remember It - Allette Ockhuysen

Dancing Growing - Motoko Kikkawa 

self-portraits Duncan Anderson

Take it awayEmily Harris

The best I can do for the momentClara Wells


Erica Adams | Poropiti

Duncan Anderson | Self-portraits

Debbie Barber | I woke last night and wrote

Jordan Barnes | Modernity

Helen Beaven | Knot Free

Peter Bradburn | ADAMAH

Kata Brown | The Day He Told Me He'd Died

Grant Bunyan | Golden Years

Greg Chaston | The Couturier

Katherine Claypole | No Moving Parts

Brenna Coleman-Smith | My Kalib

Josie Connor | Snail's Pace

Barbara Cope | Through the Looking Glass

Bronwyn Copeland | Exploration of Beauty

Jonathan Cuming | Glimmer

Anne Daniel | Journeys

Yavanna den harder | Zarafe

Akiko Diegel | The Victory of broken wings

Lucy Dolan Kang | The beginning and the end

Sandra Douglas | Entered

Sharon Duymel | MotherMother II

C J Edmonds | Gay Bar

Claire Ellery | Bored Games

Hayley Elliott-Kernot  | Expectations

Abby Evans | Proud warrior

Alice Fennessy  | Self Portrait with the Dollhouse

Lynette Fisher | Self Portrait, 1985

James R Ford | Finitude (Roxburgh)

Natalie Gelder | Construct

Trantham Gordon | A4 Twofold: acknowledging A0 Folded Moire Drawing

Fiona Lee Graham | Nature's Calling

Emily Harris | 'Take It Away'

Heather Hayward | Walking Cups

Lynn Hurst | Boy with Gun

David James | She is Like a Mountain

Ina Johann | Mapping another life - A state of being in disguise of a cloud/Liminalities

Gaye Jurisich | Scroll

Motoko Kikkawa | Dancing Growing

Verity Kindleysides |  Ilsa - 70s Tangerine Dream

Frances Krsinich | 40 hour work week

Peata Larkin | Wishing never caught a crayfish (54 whakataukī_2023)

Jann Lenihan | Ironing Bored

Ying Lim | I Said My Lung Was A Moving Compass

Johnathan Lovering | Fetish

Jodie McEwan | Flow

Brendan McGorry | Mother and Child

Ruth Mitchener | Pre-Porridge

Jane Molloy-Wolt | Primal Transcript

Anne Morris | Torrent

Lisa Munnelly | Dirty Edges Diptych

Cam Munroe | The purple suitcase

Kylie Murrle | Time lapse

Gill Newland | Looped

Allette Ockhuysen | How I Remember It

Antonia O'Mahony | Gleaner Watched by Planets

Rachel  Peary | Silent Listener

Samuel Pepper | Spur

Michele Perry-Madsen | 0800-HELP ME (Map of the Scars)

Connah Podmore | Street light (the room where your brother was born)

Brie Rate | Bell original tea box, sticky notes, camellia

Mark Alister Raymer | Sure-Footing

Sarah Read | Untitled

Helen Reynolds | Pain + Ease - White 3.4.1

James Robinson | ETU (Bridge Mirrors)

Siobhan Rosenthal | Morphine, Day and Night: A DIPTYCH

Nina Hiraina Ross | Dust Map

Emily Schneider | 11.36pm, One Square Inch of Silence

Emma Sellers | Screenshot, (My Father's Death).

Deb Shepherd | Woman's Work #1

Louann Sidon | Lazulum

Amanda Smith | This is the place where I live for now #12 (Broken Heart)

Morag Stokes | Taniwha

Micheal Stone | Convergence

James Thomson Bache  | Blueprint For a Folded Mind

Brent Treacher | I just thought I was really important

Cathy Tuato'o Ross | Wedding dress c 1974 Wrapped in tissue, then unwrapped, looked at and wrapped up again.

Greta Umbers | When it Floods, Where Will We Be Carried?

Fiona Van Oyen | Carbon water and air

Karla Vink | Play?

Elisabeth Vullings | Temporary Site Plan (Variation 1)

Justine Walker | Filled with the intent

Charlotte Warman | Seeking Stillness

James Warrender | Taking the Mickey

Clara Wells | The best I can do for the moment

Bonnie Wroe | Ruby

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