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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

2022

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2022

2 August - 11 September 2022. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Daily 10am - 5pm

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

See artwork and event info here.
 

 

2022 Finalist have now been selected. 

Artists’ works have been selected as finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize. Congratulations.

The selection panel would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks for your submissions, wishing you well with your work and interest in the Parkin Drawing Prize now and for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2023.   READ MORE

Entry for the 2022 Parkin Prize is now closed.


“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

 

Entries closed 31 May

This year’s Parkin Drawing Prize, NZ’s most prestigious drawing prize, is open for entries for the 2022 competition. Entries closed 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.

Late entries cannot be accepted.

Calling all artist....

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the Parkin Foundation are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2022 Parkin Drawing Prize. Founded by arts patron, businessman and philanthropist Chris Parkin, the national drawing prize is now into its tenth year and has grown into a well-recognised competition not to be missed in the New Zealand arts scene.

The prestigious national prize is $25,000, as well as offering 10 highly commended prizes each worth $500.

Read More

“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

2021

People's Choice Award for the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize

 

Congratulations to Gareth Barlow, winner of the 2021 People's Choice Award for his work “The Resurrection of Kahungunu”.

Currently residing in Sydney, Gareth was born and grew up in the Hutt Valley. His art reflects the love of the culture he was surrounded by his entire life. Through family, friends, neighbours and teachers, he was encouraged to follow a journey of discovery and connection, a journey now expressed through his work.

To find out more about Gareth and his work visit https://www.gbarlow.com/

 

Congratulations to the 2021 winner of the Parkin Drawing Prize

 

Mark Braunias from Kawhia, Waikato has been announced the winner of the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize.

Mark’s work ‘In search of the Saccharine Underground’, using ink and acrylic on industrial builders’ paper, was chosen as the winner from an impressive 563 entries nationwide and 80 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries on Tuesday 3 August. Read more.

See all selected entries

Congratulations to all artists who had work selected for finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize.  The selection panel would like to pass on their thanks for your submissions, wishing you well for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2022.

 

 

Congratulations to all artists who had work selected for finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize.  The selection panel would like to pass on their thanks for your submissions, wishing you well for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2022.

The Exhibition will re-open under COVID 19 Level 2  guidelines 8 - 26th September 2021

 

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2021

3 August - 26 September 2021. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Daily 10am - 5pm

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

See artwork and event info here.

2021 Finalist have now been selected. 

Artists’ works have been selected as finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize. Congratulations.

The selection panel would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks for your submissions, wishing you well with your work and interest in the Parkin Drawing Prize now and for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2022.

Entry for the 2021 Parkin Prize is now closed.

Calling all artist....

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the Parkin Foundation are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize. Founded by arts patron, businessman and philanthropist Chris Parkin, the national drawing prize is now into its ninth year and has grown into a well-recognised competition not to be missed in the New Zealand arts scene.

The prestigious national prize is $25,000, as well as offering 10 highly commended prizes each worth $500.

Read More

 

2020

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. 

 
 
Parking Drawing Prize 2020 continued

Last year’s Parkin Drawing Prize proceeded despite the COVID 19 lock down. There was no human contact during the entry or selection of finalists phases. The competition proceeded in line with our original timeline. Selection of the winner and merit recipients was able to proceed. This was irrespective of whether there were 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 affected the entries, the close off date, or the selection of finalists and winner. The exhibition was held during August 2020.

 

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

 

THIS WEEKEND
is your last change to see and purchase artworks from:

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2020

4 August - 30 August 2020. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Hours: daily 10am - 5pm

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

See the event info here.

 

 


See and purchase artworks from:

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2020

4 August - 30 August 2020. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Hours: daily 10am - 5pm

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

See the event info here.

 

 

 

2020 Finalist have now been selected. 

Artists’ works have been selected as finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize. Congratulations.

The selection panel would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks for your submissions, wishing you well with your work and interest in the Parkin Drawing Prize now and for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2021.

Entry for the 2020 Parkin Prize is now closed.

Calling all artist....

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the Parkin Foundation are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize. Founded by arts patron, businessman and philanthropist Chris Parkin, the national drawing prize is now into its eighth year and has grown into a well-recognised competition not to be missed in the New Zealand arts scene.

For the first time since it was launched in 2012, the prestigious national prize will be increased from $20,000 to $25,000, as well as offering 10 highly commended prizes each worth $500.

The President of the Academy, Greg Chaston, says “It has become a lynchpin in New Zealand’s artistic history and it is an honour for the Academy to be once again hosting the Parkin Drawing Prize”.

 

 

2019

 

Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Parkin Drawing Prize

Michael Dell from Nelson has been named winner for his artwork, Every Valley.

Michael’s work ‘Every Valley’ measuring 1.9 metres by 1.4 metres, a charcoal drawing on a prepared canvas stretcher, was chosen as the winner from an impressive 472 entries nationwide and 78 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries on Monday 5 August.

Read more...


This weekend is your last change to see and purchase artworks from:

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2019

6 August - 8 September 2019. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Hours: daily 10am - 5pm

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

See the event info here.

 

 

Selection decisions have been made. 

The following artists’ works have been selected as finalists for this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize. Congratulations.

The selection panel would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks for your submissions, wishing you well with your work and interest in the Parkin Drawing Prize now and for the future. On behalf of the Parkin Drawing Prize organisation and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts keep on drawing … we hope to see you submit to the Parkin Drawing Prize 2020.

Entries are closed for the  2019 Parkin Drawing Prize.

2018

Congratulations to the 2018 winner of the Parkin Drawing Prize

Jacqui Colley has been named winner for her artwork, Long Echo

Jacqui refers to her work is a response to place, a visceral reaction to events and activities around me.

Nature, the human condition, music, industrialisation and digitisation are all central themes and an entrance to my work. Long Echo is a meditation on altered nature where social and ecological systems clash.

I’ve loosely referenced aerial views from Canterbury, observing shapes; rivers which flow from the mountains to the sea, the great lakes and the few remaining wetlands. With intersecting grids, circles and lines I have mimicked the colonisation of the now mechanised land.

I was influenced by pre-european Māori rock art on the limestone cliffs at Takiroa near the Waitaki River. I visited these drawings, contemplating the information they shared for travellers; of warnings, beliefs and the locations of provisions. This inspired me to make my own indelible marks to reflect our current precarious status, by drawing and etching it into a shiny metal surface – a symbol of modernity.

View the 2018 Photo Gallery

View the 2018 Exhibition Event

View the Media Release

 
 

Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition 2018

 

17 July - 19 August. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Hours: daily 10am - 5pm

 

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

www.nzafa.com

 

Carpet installation scoops 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize

Kirsty Lillico from Wellington has been announced the winner of the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. Kirsty wins a
$20,000 cash prize – sponsored by Chris Parkin, arts patron and philanthropist.  Read More

Kirsty Lillico - State Block

 

View all the finalist artwork for the Parkin Drawing Prize 2017. 

Parkin Prize Drawing Exhibition 2017

 

2 August - 3 September. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, NZ  
Hours: daily 10am - 5pm

 

Entry is free - koha is appreciated.  

All the artworks are for sale, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces. 

www.nzafa.com

The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017 finalists have been announced.

Congratulations to all those who've entered this year, and especially to those who have been selected as finalists. Just over 500 works were submitted and the selectors made some difficult decisions to shortlist 84 works for this year's competition.

The Exhibition selection panel for 2017 was:

Simon Rees. Director of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. 
John Gow. Principal of Gow Langsford gallery, pre- eminent in their field.  
Kelcy Taratoa. Painter. His brightly coloured, high impact works based partly on comic book characters, have achieved international recognition. 
Warren Feeney. Gallery owner, art scholar and writer. Instrumental in founding the Parkin Prize for drawing.

The shortlisted works will be showcased at the Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the winning submission will be selected and announced by New Zealand artist Seraphine Pick.

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.

 

 

 

 
 
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