2020 Perry Prize Finalists Announced

We are very pleased to announce that our judge for the 2020 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Dr Felicity Fenner, Associate Professor UNSW Art & Design, has selected 43 works for Perry Prize Exhibition which opens on Friday 28 February and continues til Friday 27 March 2020 at the Adelaide Perry Gallery.

Of the selection process Dr Fenner said, "Entries for this year’s Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize closed on 8th January, as bushfires were raging across our country with catastrophic impact on the natural environment. Not surprisingly given the timing, this year’s entries to the Prize were dominated by depictions of the land. Some artists envisaged the fires in full force, many drew desolate landscapes scorched to the ground, while others captured in images the apocalyptic smoke haze shrouding the city."

"While there was a sprinkling of other topics addressed amongst this year’s entries – portraits, still lives, suburban streets, wombats and quite a few dogs – it was the landscape that dominated the entries and the selection of works for the exhibition reflects this. Many were of landscapes and natural phenomena drawn before the fires: the artists’ respect for and preoccupation with their subject matter seems prescient in hindsight." 
"Drawing has an immediacy not easily achieved in other media. The initial shock and ongoing grief felt by us all for the flora and fauna wiped out by the recent fires is eloquently captured by many of the works in this exhibition. In times of crisis, art can hold a mirror not only to the events of the day but to society’s feelings in response. Collectively, the drawings selected for this year’s exhibition offer an insightful and empathic response to the world in which we live."

Congratulations to this year's finalists:
  • Susan Andrews
  • Jacqueline Balassa
  • Jenny Bell
  • Matt Bromhead
  • Alexandra Byrne
  • Fran Callen
  • Joshua Charadia
  • Charles Cooper
  • Penny Coss
  • Maryanne Coutts
  • John Derrick
  • Pauline Dewar
  • Jacki Fewtrell Gobert
  • Garry Foye
  • Todd Fuller
  • Anna Glynn
  • Jody Graham
  • Beric Henderson
  • Nora Hosking
  • Lani Jackson
  • Jennifer Keeler-Milne
  • Matthew Kentmann
  • Maria Kontis
  • Richard Lewer
  • Michael Lindeman
  • Nic Mason
  • Kevin McKay
  • Victoria Monk
  • Damian Moss
  • Amanda Penrose Hart
  • Lori Pensini
  • Mollie Rice
  • Lindy Sale
  • Melinda Schawel
  • Patrick Shirvington
  • Kaye Shumack
  • Catherine Tait
  • Claire Tozer
  • Lachlan Warner
  • David K Wiggs
  • Andrea Wilson

Now in its 15th year, the Perry Prize is one of the most well-regarded and valuable of its kind in Australia. PLC Sydney and the Adelaide Perry Gallery gratefully acknowledges all of the entrants for their participation and support of the prize, and Dr Felicity Fenner for her expertise.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020 Exhibition of Finalists opening event and announcement of the winner will be held on Friday 28 February at 7.00 pm with guest speaker Dr Felicity Fenner, Associate Professor, UNSW Art & Design.

The exhibition continues 8.30 am – 4.00 pm weekdays and 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Saturdays until 27 March.  

At the close of the exhibition, a people’s choice award of $2,000 will be awarded to the finalist’s work voted favourite by Gallery visitors. Voting slips are available online.


For further inquires about the Perry Prizeplease contact:

Adelaide Perry Gallery
Corner Hennessy and College Streets
Croydon NSW
T: (02) 9704 5693
E AdelaidePerryGallery@plc.nsw.edu.au 



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2020 Finalist Susan Andrews' Red Alert
Gouache, permanent marker and graphite

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2020 Finalist David Wiggs' Bushfire Bridge - Plein Air
Charcoal, gouache and ink