Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing


The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is a $25,000 acquisitive art award among the most significant of its kind in the country.

Inaugurated in 2006, the Prize is generously supported by the Parents and Friends’ Association of PLC Sydney.

Named in honour of respected painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth Perry  (1891-1973) who taught Visual Arts at PLC Sydney from 1930 to 1962, the Prize attracts submissions from around the country. 

Elizabeth Perry's artistic career began in 1914 at the National Gallery School where she studied with Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin. After exhibiting with the Victorian Artists’ Society, she was awarded the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship in 1918. She travelled to Paris, exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.  Perry’s association with PLC Sydney began in 1930 when she started teaching art part-time on the recommendation of Roy de Maistre. She continued to do so as Art Mistress for over 30 years until her retirement.

Works by Adelaide Perry are held in many state collections, notably the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery and the Queensland Art Gallery. The Adelaide Perry Gallery was opened in her honour in June, 2001. 

enrol-icon  the 2022 Perry Prize is now closed


Adelaide Perry Gallery
In 'The Croydon' Centre for Art, Design & Technology
Corner of Hennessy and College Streets
Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 4.00 pm (by appointment)
Tel: (+612) 97045693