Shortlist revealed in 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize


A reused ironing board cover, Bell original tea, piano keys, harakere, bricks and potato bags, are just some of the interesting materials used to create works shortlisted in the 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize.

The competition attracted an impressive 500 entries. Of those entries, a short-list* of 86 works have been selected for the national drawing competition. Attracting a major prize of $25,000, ten highly commended prizes of $500 will also be awarded.

The national competition, now into its 11th year, was founded and generously donated by arts patron Chris Parkin since 2012, after he discovered the New Zealand art world was missing a reasonably substantial drawing award.

“It’s once again thrilling to see such a strong number of entries with a range of mediums used. 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.

The selection panel is made up New Zealand artist Matt Gauldie, curator at Dunedin Public Art Gallery Lucy Hammonds, and art curator and former gallery director Helen Kedgley.

The winning submission will be selected and announced by CEO of Auckland Art Gallery, Kirsten Lacy, at the gala opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington on Tuesday 1 August 2023. 

 “As CEO of Auckland Art Gallery, Kirsten is uniquely suited to judge the best of New Zealand contemporary drawing practise. I am honoured she has agreed to undertake the role and very much look forward to her choice of winner. I always hope artists take up the opportunity to enter because not only will they have a chance at receiving an award with some good prize money, but their work will be showcased to the general public in a month-long free exhibition with the chance to have their works sold,” said Parkin.

Works in the award exhibition range in size from the very small (10mm x 10mm) to the very large (2850mm x 1100mm).  Entries have been received from throughout New Zealand - from Whangarei to as far south as Dunedin - and overseas, including Berlin.

All the artworks in the 2023 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.

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, promotes excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice.

Previous winners include Monique Jansen (2013) with AO Folded Moire Drawing, Douglas Stichbury (2014) with Observer, Gabrielle Amodeo (2015) with The Floor We Walk On, Hannah Beehre’s Catastrophe (2016), Kirsty Lillico’s carpet installation State Block (2017), Jacqui Colley for Long Echo (2018), Michael Dell’s Every Valley (2019), Poppy Lekner’s Forward Slash (2020), Mark Braunias’ ‘In search of the Saccharine Underground’ and Siân Stephens ‘Liam Cutting His Hair After An All-nighter’, at last year’s 10th anniversary.

The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition will run until Sunday, 3 September at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington. 

Shortlist revealed in 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize


Parkin Drawing Prize 2023

See 2023 Finalist Artwork here


Connah Podmore | Street light (the room where your brother was born) Not for sale

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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