Shortlist revealed in ‘record-breaking’ year for

Shortlist revealed in ‘record-breaking’ year for Parkin Drawing Prize 10th anniversary

Artist’s hair, a bird’s nest, harakeke, a wedding dress, recycled wire, marble, and hand stitching are just some of the interesting materials used to create works shortlisted in the 2022 Parkin Drawing Prize.

The competition attracted an impressive 588 entries, making it the highest number of entries since 2014 – a year after the prize launched. Of those entries, a  short-list of 76 works have been selected for the national drawing competition. Attracting a major prize of $25,000, ten highly commended prizes of $500.00 will also be awarded.

2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the award which was founded and generously donated by arts patron Chris Parkin since 2013.

“It’s quite humbling to see such a strong number of entries for our 10th anniversary. It goes to show that in the face of adversity, creativity in all its forms seems to thrive, and the human spirit shines through.” said Chris Parkin.

An advisory panel, consisting of leading painter John Walsh of Aitanga a Hauiti/ New Zealand Irish descent, contemporary ceramics artist Virginia Leonard, and New Zealand artist Matt Gauldie, spent hours assessing hundreds of entries before coming up with the short-list.

The works will be showcased at the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (2 August – 11 September) and the winning submission will be selected and announced at the gala announcement of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Monday 1 August 2022.

For the first time the previous Parkin Drawing Prize winners’ works will be showcased in an exhibition next to the 2022 finalists, to mark the 10th anniversary of the award.  Previous winners include Mark Braunias (2021) In Search of the Saccharine Underground; Poppy Lekner (2020). Forward Slash; Michael Dell (2019). Every Valley; Jacqui Colley (2018). Long Echo; Kirsty Lillico (2017). State Block; Hannah Beehre (2016). The Catastrophe; Gabrielle Amodeo (2015). The Floor We Walk On; Douglas Stichbury (2014). Observer; and Monique Jansen (2013). AO Folded Moire Drawing.

The Parkin Drawing Prize has not been without controversy over the years. There has been much debate over what constitutes drawing and accusations of plagiarism!

“I hope this year’s themes aren’t too dominated by covid and the environment. I hope to see more ‘joie de vivre’, more fun. I encourage the public to get out and enjoy the exhibition during August and put their money where their mouth is by supporting local and buying the art!” said Chris Parkin, founder of the Parkin Drawing Prize.

Works in the award exhibition range in size from the small (46mm x 46mm) to the very large (3000m x 3000m).  Entries have been received throughout New Zealand from Kaikohe to as far south as Dunedin and overseas including Sydney and Tokyo.

All the artworks in the 2022 Parkin Drawing Prize shortlist will be for sale giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces which are unlikely to be seen again, given many of the finalists are not represented in any gallery.

For more information/interview opportunities please contact:

Rebecca Reed: Email:

Phone: 021 205 7718

2022 Parkin Prize Shortlist revealed


2022 Parkin Drawing Prize Finalists


Rebecca Agnew - The Britney Spears Freedom Galaxy Endowment

Kathy Barber - Plume

Gareth Barlow - In Their Presence You Will Grow

Jordan Barnes - The Artist In Situ ( The War of Art ) MERIT

Denise Batchelor - Mark Making, Slowly MERIT SOLD

Janet Bathgate - Micrographica Anxietacea

Felicity Bergstrom - I Captured Your Being MERIT SOLD

Louie Bretana - Nature Waits Underneath The Concrete

Laura Buchanan - Names Will Never Hurt Us SOLD

Esther Bunning - Celebral Unravel

Esther Bunning / Catherine Daniels - Pixelated Memories

Lisa Call - The Journey

Lisa Call - Aragon MERIT SOLD

Hana Carpenter - Land Body

Greg Chaston - R.N. Barnes

Katherine Claypole - A Temporal Anomaly

Pass the Blue Collective - Restless

Zoe Cromwell - We Are a People of Hope SOLD

Brenna Crump - Boston Terrier

Akiko Diegel - Thinker

Akiko Diegel - David

Inge Kuindersma Doig - Faces in the Sand

Sam Dollimore - Do You Think Dreams Are Shared Space (Let’s Talk About it Tonight) MERIT

Wana Ellison - Vol. 2, pg. 65 SOLD

Leslie Falls - Ophelia and Arthur go to Town Part 2

Nicholas Fields - We Are Made of the Same Stuff SOLD

Stuart Forsyth - Self -portrait

Robyn Gibson - 14 Things SOLD

James Gilbert-Milne - 974:1223

Brett Harfield - 20/20

Raewyn Turner / Brian Harris - Sort

Emily Harris - Down In the Valley By the Stream

Rowan Heap - Tomboy

Vishmi Helaratne - Vishmi’s Web

Lesa Hepburn - Erosion

Veronica Herber - Joy Net MERIT

Veronica Herber - Burnish

Ina Johann - Mapping Another Life  - A State of Being in Disguise of a Cloud/Glitches 2022 MERIT

Locust Jones - Isolation Is Bad For Business

Katherine Joyce-Kellaway - (un)certainty

Motoko Kikkawa - Weathers

Erika Kruger - Freak Show

Helen Lenihan - Scorched Earth 3

Kate MacKenzie - Refugees

Friday Meulengracht-Madsen - MeatSack #2

Rosemary Mortimer - Fragile Worlds SOLD

Deborah Moss - This Is The Place

Kylie Murrle - Metaverse

Samantha Murton - I Don’t Know What The Doctor Said

Debbie Neill - Evanescence lV-ll

Debbie Neill - Evanescence Xl-l SOLD

Gill Newland - Loop de Doo-dle

Simon Nicholls - Rugosity MERIT

Rachel Hope Peary - Scrawl

Robyn Penn - Hold Time MERIT

Roberta Queiroga - The Divorce Dress

Helen Reynolds - Black 1.113 (Doubt and Certainty)

Peter Rive - Untitled (Studio Floor)

Francis Salole - The Ossuary (In Deep Water)

Lea-Anne Sheather - Blessings Bequeathed MERIT SOLD

Louann Sidon - A Kind of Pale Jewel

Margaret Silverwood - Sunflower

Anne-Marie Simon - Sombre SOLD

Madeleine Slavick - In Times Like These

Jo Stallard - There’s Always Something About Gaia

Sian Stephens - Liam Cutting His Hair After An All-nighter WINNER Not for Sale

Jane Tan - Journal Entry  - Air

Ashia Te Moananui - Schizophrenia is the Art of Seeing the Invisible

Emma Theyers - Untitled (Riverton Stone 3)

Cathy Tuato’o Ross - Charites

Briar Tucker - For Just a Moment on the Lips

Greta Umbers - Forecast

Folina Vili - Untitled (hair) diptych

Christopher- David White - Sound of the Crowd

Billy Wilson - Tearing Strips 10

Bonnie Wroe - Jane

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