2022 Perry Prize Winner

jody graham has been AWARDED the 2022 PERRY PRIZE FOR HER DRAWING 'cinder dance'.

PLC Sydney is excited to announce that Sydney artist Jody Graham has been awarded the $25,000 acquisitive Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2022, for her drawing ‘Cinder Dance’.

The Perry Prize Exhibition of Finalists was officially opened on Friday 25 February at Adelaide Perry Gallery. Special guest speaker, and this year’s judge, Dr Andrew Frost, writer, critic, curator and documentary maker spoke of the high standard of works received. From over 400 entries, Andrew’s shortlist comprised of 46 works. From it, Dr Frost highly commended the entries of Margaret McKenna, Luanne Mitchelmore and Nadia Odlum, before announcing Jody Graham’s work as recipient of the 2022 award.

Jody Graham's 2022 winning entry 'Cinder Dance'. 

In a statement about ‘Cinder Dance’ Jody said, ‘While researching the Black Summer Fires I was impacted by stories from people who were affected. During this time I connected with Den Barber who runs Yarrabin Cultural Connections (YCC). Den is an Aboriginal Man, descendant of the Traditional Custodians from Mudgee of the Wiradjuri people in the central tablelands of New South Wales. What I discovered from Den helped me understand more about cultural burning and how it is all about caring for the environment. When I made ‘Cinder Dance’, I invited nature to participate in the process and submerged the drawing into a dam. I then used rocks and tree sap to mark and colour the drawing and hit and swung large charcoal branches at the drawing.’

video-gallery-sidebar-icon Click here to watch the Opening and Announcement of the 2022 Perry Prize Winner. 

download-icon Download the 2022 Adelaide Perry Prize Catalogue of Finalists here

Congratulations also goes to: 

Emma Pattenden, winner of the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2022 People's Choice Award

At the Exhibition of Finalists visitors to the Gallery were invited to cast their vote for their favourite work on show.

Emma's work 'Mount William' was chosen as the winner - congratulations Emma!

The award comes with prize money of $2,000, sponsored by PLC Sydney Parents and Friends' Association.

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Emma Pattenden's 'Mount William', the 2022 People's Choice Winner. 

Congratulations also goes to this year’s finalists:

    • Suzanne Archer
    • Yvonne Boag
    • Peter Burgess
    • Michelle Cawthorn
    • Louisa Chircop
    • Melvy Connell
    • Pauline Dewar
    • James Drinkwater
    • Yvonne East
    • David Eastwood
    • Robyn Evans
    • David Fairbairn
    • Rowan Fotheringham
    • Laurie Franklin
    • Todd Fuller
    • Anna Glynn
    • Jody Graham
    • Lorna Grear
    • Ross Halfacree
    • Janette Hanrahan
    • Frances Hansen
    • Nathalie Hartog-Gautier
    • Mark Hetherington
    • Evie Homewood
    • Lewis Ihnatko
    • Locust Jones
    • Chantelle Lacroix
    • Penny Mason
    • Dennis McCart
    • Margaret McKenna
    • Noel McKenna
    • Luanne Mitchelmore
    • Olivia Moroney
    • Nadia Odlum
    • Catherine O'Donnell
    • Emma Pattenden
    • Lindy Sale
    • Peter Sharp
    • Jeannette Siebol
    • Jack Stahel
    • Hiromi Tango
    • Kate Vassallo
    • Craig Waddell
    • Paul White
    • Joel Wolter
    • Belinda Yee

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 at the Gallery.


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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Jody Graham’s Cinder Dance, Perry Prize 2022 winner, with Year 12 Art & design Captain, Lara Marassa.  

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Opening Night of the 2022 Perry Prize Exhibition. Guest Speaker and 2022 Judge, Dr Andrew Frost, with Acting Gallery Curator, Andrew Paxton, in front of the winning artwork.