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.


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. 

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

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.


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