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.

Entries close 31 May

This year’s Parkin Drawing Prize, NZ’s most prestigious drawing prize, is open for entries for the 2022 competition. But the clock is ticking - entries close Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 4pm

Founded by arts patron, businessman and philanthropist Chris Parkin, the national drawing prize, now in its tenth year, is a highly regarded competition not to be missed in the New Zealand arts scene. There’s a major prize of $25,000 as well as 10 highly commended prizes of $500.

All artists who are NZ residents or citizens are encouraged to enter, follow this link to complete an online entry 

Late entries cannot be accepted.


“This tenth anniversary of the Parkin Drawing Prize is a real milestone in our nation’s art history. Thanks to Chris Parkin for his unfailing support of drawing and the visual arts. The Academy has been pleased to support the award since its inception and looks forward to yet another wonderful and thought provoking competition this year.”

Ray Smith, NZAFA President





9 March 2022 

Entries are open.

31 May 2022

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

27 June 2022

Works shortlisted for the prize to be announced.

22 July 2022 

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

 1 August 2022

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

2 August - 11 September 2022 

The exhibition will be open to the public.




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