2016 Perry Prize Finalists Announced

Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2016 Finalists Announced

In its eleventh year, PLC Sydney’s Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing received a record amount of entries. Judge for 2016, Independent curator and writer Ms Julie Ewington visited the Gallery in January to select the short-list of this year’s finalists from over 600 entries. In a statement about the process Ms Ewington wrote:

Drawing, in all its various forms, is one of the foundations of working as an artist. But more than a skill, today drawing is the home of the unexpected, and the provisional: it is a sprawling set of working methods, as well as a destination. In 1991 the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, now a Nobel-prize winning novelist but once an aspiring artist, evoked something of the immediacy and excitement of drawing when he wrote 'My mind was at the tip of my pen, acting before I could think; at the same time it could survey what I had already done.'

In selecting just a fraction of the over 600 entries for the 2016 Adelaide Perry finalists' exhibition, I wanted to reveal some of the many different ways that contemporary artists use drawing to explore their world, and the life of the imagination. Works in the exhibition are variously rough or refined, fully finished or working studies; some are still and precise, others frenzied with movement or colour and, in one case, the drawing is animated. Taken together, they show that drawing is alive and well in Australia today.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists

  • Andrew Antoniou
  • Wendy Black
  • Barbara Bolt
  • Maudie Brady
  • Andrew Browne
  • Ann Cape
  • Tom Carment
  • Maryanne Coutts
  • Matt Coyle
  • Philip David
  • David Fairbairn
  • Stephen Fearnley
  • Erika Gofton
  • Susan Gourley
  • Jane Grealy
  • Liz Harriott
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Carly Hawkins
  • Pei Pei He
  • Rachel Hill 
  • Judy Holding
  • Juliet Holmes á Court
  • Eamonn Jackson
  • Nicole Kelly
  • Martin King
  • Netta Loogatha
  • Marco Luccio
  • Kiata Mason
  • Carolyn Mckenzie-Craig
  • Becc Ország
  • Pauler Pancakes
  • Fiona Rafferty
  • Candice Reid-Latimer
  • Sarah Rogers
  • Edgar Schilter
  • Kurt Schranzer
  • Neridah Stockley
  • Adriane Strampp
  • Gauri Torgalkar
  • Craig Waddell
  • Jessica B Watson
  • Helene Weeding
  • Peter Wegner
  • Paul White
  • Therese and Christopher Williams
  • Michelle Zuccolo

Prior to the finalists’ exhibition event works Ms Ewington returns to Adelaide Perry Gallery to decide upon the winner of the $25,000 acquisitive award. 

Ms Ewington will announce this year’s winner at the Gallery during the official opening for the Adelaide Perry Prize Exhibition of Finalists 2016, Friday 26 February at 7 pm. All welcome.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing continues 27 February – March 24, 8.30 am – 4 pm weekdays and 11 am – 4 pm Saturdays.

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.


Above: Ms Julie Ewington viewing the 2016 Perry Prize entries at Adelaide Perry Gallery