Finalists announced for 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize


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

Recycled pants, living bacteria on a ceiling tile, op-shop bed sheets, and ball point pen on eco-toilet paper are just some of the interesting materials used to create works shortlisted in the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize.

The competition attracted an impressive 563 entries, making it the highest number of entries since 2014 – a year after the prize launched. Of those entries, a short-list of 80 works have been selected for the national drawing competition, founded by philanthropist and arts patron, Chris Parkin.

“It’s quite remarkable to see such a strong number of entries especially given the year we’ve all had.

It proves creativity is alive and well in Aotearoa but also it comes down to the fact the competition has become such a prestigious event and built up a fantastic reputation over the years, no one wants to miss out!” said Chris Parkin.

Attracting a major prize of $25,000, ten highly commended prizes worth $500.00 will also be awarded.

An advisory panel, consisting of leading painter John Walsh of Aitanga a Hauiti/ New Zealand Irish descent, contemporary ceramics artist Virginia Leonard, and Director of Art at ART+OBJECT auctioneers Ben Plumbly, 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 (3 August – 29 August) and the winning submission will be selected and announced by Dr Sarah Farrar, Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, at the gala announcement of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Monday 2 August 2021.

All the artworks 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.

“It will be interesting to see what works and themes come through for this exhibition, especially after we have experienced such a turbulent year. 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 (35 mm x 23 mm) to the very large (3metres x 1.5metres). Entries have been received throughout New Zealand from Russell to as far south as Dunedin.


For more information/interview opportunities please contact:

Rebecca Reed: Email:

Phone: 021 205 7718

Finalists announced for 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize


2021 Parkin Drawing Prize Finalists

Kiri Abraham – Covering

Emma Alexandra – Untitled (Notched Bones)

Martin Ball – Remnant VII - MERIT - SOLD 

Gareth Barlow – The Resurrection Of Kahungunu - MERIT - SOLD

Andrew Beck – Study for Impermanence

Katherine Bedford – Bringing It All Into One - SOLD

Joanne Black – The Virtue of Truth.The Reflection of Which is not Meant to Lie

Mark Braunias – In Search of the Saccharine Underground - WINNER - SOLD

Ann  Braunsteiner – Soft Ground | Tall Grass

Sarah Brock – Butterick 5707 Size 2 breast 53cm 14 pieces

Esther Bunning – Yellow_a World in Isolation_Covid19

Beatrice Carlson – Lines

Pete Cernis – A Sense of Place

Anton Chapman – Escalation (Moraine and Mountain) - MERIT

Julia Christey – Matters of Matter II

Pass the Blue Collective – Drawn Together Over Coffee

Andrew Cox – Languishing

Anne Daniel – From My Garden - SOLD

Lucy Dolan Kang – Numinous - SOLD

Sam Dollimore – Self Portrait With Good Omens

Denise Durkin – Virginia - Living Room Project - SOLD

C J Edmonds – The Build

Fraser Findlay – The Wiz

Stuart Forsyth – I’m Glad You’ve Stuck Around, Your Presence Comforts Me - SOLD

Cara Fotofili – Body Without Organs

Robyn Gibson – Still Life

Ingrid Gotlieb – Under Investigation

Belinda Griffiths – Emerge - MERIT - SOLD 

Weilun Ha – Hydra - MERIT - SOLD 

Thomas Hancock – Figure Studies 1 - 10

Terry Hann – The Secret Keeper

Veronica Herber – Falling in the Faded Fog

Veronica Herber – Down by the River III

Darnia Hobson – Pulpit

Kim Ireland – Push/Pull

Susanne Kerr – Floating World: Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Motoko Kikkawa – Mysterious Lighting World

Reece King – Proto

Emma Lay – Excess Baggage - SOLD

Marie Le Lievre – Tracking (Baggage)

Helen Lenihan – Scorched Earth - SOLD

Johnathan Lovering – Nightshift

Colin Luxton – Jar - MERIT

Susan Mabin – Mapping the Flora of Tutaekuri River - SOLD

Nicola McCafferty – Resonance - SOLD

Stephanie McEwin – Golden Crowd - SOLD

Maggie McGregor – Do You Ever Get The Feeling We’re All Going The Wrong Way?

Harry Moores – Observer With Forward Slash

Kylie Murrle – Hereafter

Simon Nicholls – Plateau

Sue Pearce – Your Perfect Face 2 - MERIT - SOLD 

Connah Podmore – Light Held Light - MERIT - SOLD

Kelly Pretty – The Adventures of H-Man

Pantea Rastegari – Looking Forward to Look Back

James Robinson – The Ecological Thought (Old Brain)

Kiri Saul – Hypertrophic

Kiri Saul – This is love

Kate Sellar – Trace Elements - SOLD

Lea-Anne Sheather – Recovered Depths

Michelle Sigley – Solace

Fleur Stevenson – A Journey’s Drawing - MERIT - SOLD

Morag Stokes – Mickey Mouse Revisited (diptych) #2

Jennifer Summers – Dwelling

Adrienne Tait – Tower of Protection

Jane Tan – The Translator

Ana TaylorTo my sun, I can’t seem to reach you anymore

James Thomson-Bache – Monolith

Cathy Tuato’o Ross  – Self Portrait 100 Years Ago - SOLD

Briar Tucker – What Lies Beneath

Elisabeth Vullings – Double-Sited

Creek Waddington – Olympic Rings from the Holes in my Pants - SOLD

Sam Walker – I Am Vertical II - SOLD

Rebecca Wallis – Fissure 2

Marion Wassenaar – Carbon Shroud - MERIT

Megan White – Impossible Vista

Cora-Allan Wickliffe – Katuali and Ladders

Amanda Wilkinson – Aggregate

Julie Wilson – Feelings from The Heart

Mia Wilson – Hypnosis by Osmosis

Holly Zandbergen – Te Ponga, Raikaitane Track - SOLD

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