The 2017 Perry Prize

PLC Sydney Congratulates this year's Winner of the 2017 Adelaide Perry Prize For Drawing, Kendal Heyes. 

Congratulations to Kendal Heyes who has won the annual Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.

Artist and architect Professor Richard Goodwin was the judge this year and he awarded the $25,000 acquisitive prize to Kendal Heyes for his work titled, Boat 1, 2017.

Heyes says that the image is based on a news photograph of a refugee boat, blown up through the process of drawing until it becomes deliberately ambiguous. In doing this, Heyes hopes his work will be a 'reminder of the issue, without being an overt political statement. By becoming slightly obscure in terms of its specificity (when you get close it dissolves into a sea of dots) the image draws you in,' he said.

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Works by all 46 finalists (listed below) are now on show in The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2017 Exhibition.

2017 Perry Prize finalists are:

  • Tim Allen
  • Andrew Antoniou
  • Roz Avent
  • Alec Baker
  • John Bokor
  • Maudie Brady
  • Thomas Buchanan
  • Tom Carment
  • Veronica Cay
  • Tanya Chaitow
  • Terrence Combos
  • Alana Cotton
  • Samantha Cox
  • Dana Dion
  • J.E. Doye
  • David Fairbairn
  • Garry Foye
  • Carrie Fraser
  • Todd Fuller
  • Tarli Glover 
  • Jody Graham
  • Jane Grealy
  • Nicholas Hall
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Pei Pei He
  • Kendal Heyes
  • Judy Holding
  • Graham Kuo
  • Yvonne Langshaw
  • Adrian Lockhart
  • Lily Mae Martin
  • Catherine O’Donnell
  • Andy Quilty
  • Lyn Raymer 
  • Melinda Schawel
  • Brenton Schwab
  • Robyn Shaw
  • Jeannette Siebols
  • Donna Smullen
  • Laura Stark
  • Sweet + Shore
  • Claire Tozer
  • Teo Treloar
  • Anastasia Wiltshire
  • India Zegan

The Exhibition of Finalists continues 25 February to 24 March. Weekdays 8.30 am - 4.00 pm and Saturdays 11 am - 4.00 pm.

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 enquires please contact:

Adelaide Perry Gallery
Corner Hennessy and College Streets
Croydon NSW
T: (02) 9704 5693

 Perry Prize winner Kendal Heyes, Boat, 1, 2017, ink on paper.



Artist and architect, Professor Richard Goodwin, the 2017 judge for the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.