The 2018 Perry Prize

And the winner is...Ceara Metlikovec for her drawing Indigo 5

The judge for the 2018 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Anne Ryan, Curator, Australian prints, drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of NSW, selected 44 works from over 480 entries across Australia. She awarded the $25 000 acquisitive prize to Sydney artist Ceara Metlikovec for her drawing Indigo 5, January 2018. Metlikovec is a graduate of the the National Art School and the College of Fine Arts, Sydney and is represented by Fox Jensen Gallery.

Of the winning entry Anne Ryan stated; ‘This meticulously rendered and carefully considered work has, at first glance, all the hallmarks of minimalism. Closer inspection, however, reveals the unmistakable signs of the artist’s hand, with subtle rhythms and tensions over the surface of the sheet. Rendered with great clarity and precision using the most traditional of drawing mediums – graphite on paper – this drawing has a mysterious and meditative quality that draws the eye back in’.

Now in its 13th 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 and Anne Ryan for her time and expertise.

The exhibition was opened Friday 2 March at 7.00 pm by acclaimed artist Euan Macleod. 

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The 44 finalists are listed below. 

  • Tim Allen
  • Tony Ameneiro
  • Andrew Antoniou
  • Carol Archer
  • Stephen Bird
  • John Bokor
  • Nicola Bolton
  • Chris Bond
  • Damian Broomhead
  • Tom Carment
  • Michelle Cawthorn
  • Serena Christie
  • Adam Cusack
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Amy Dynan
  • Helen Eager
  • Robert Ewing
  • David Fairbairn
  • Garry Foye
  • Todd Fuller
  • Jane Grealy
  • Nicci Haynes
  • Paul Heppell
  • Kendal Heyes
  • Eamonn Jackson
  • Melody Jones
  • Krystyna Katsouri
  • Jennifer Keeler-Milne
  • Matthew Kentmann
  • Martin King
  • Ceara Metlikovec
  • Damian Moss
  • Catherine O'Donnell
  • Becc Ország
  • Claire Primrose
  • Evan Salmon
  • Andrew Seward
  • Peter Sharp
  • Mike Staniford
  • Kylie Stillman
  • Craig Waddell
  • Anna Warren
  • Stuart Watters
  • Peter Wegner

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Exhibition of Finalists 2018 continues from 3 to 29 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 inquires about the process please contact:

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




Ceara Metlikovec Indigo 5, January 2018
Graphite on Fabriano paper 140 x 94.5cm