Opening Night - 2020 Perry Prize

CONGRATULATIONS TO Charles Cooper, winner of the 2020 perry prize.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020 Exhibition of Finalists was officially opened on Friday 28 February at the Adelaide Perry Gallery. Forty three works on display were selected by this year’s judge, Dr Felicity Fenner, Associate Professor, UNSW Art & Design from a very high standard of entries received from artists across Australia.

To begin the event’s official proceedings, Adelaide Perry Curator Ms Tiffeny Fayne warmly welcomed the gathering of artists, guests and members of the PLC Sydney Community. The introduction of a new category in 2020 was also announced. The Principal’s Choice category was introduced this year to acknowledge the ongoing support of Dr Burgis and to mark the 15th anniversary of the Prize. Dr Burgis was then invited to say a few words and to reveal his decision.

Principal Dr Paul Burgis also welcomed the crowd and thanked the exhibiting artists for the opportunity to hang their works in the Gallery, an inspirational tool for PLC Sydney students. He then acknowledged The Principal’s Choice recipient, Filippa Buttitta, for her striking portrait of Tony Costa. Filippa was presented with flowers by Art & Design Captain Ariana Galanos.

Guest speaker Dr Felicity Fenner then addressed the crowd. Dr Fenner commended the participating artists for the fine selection of drawing on display making special mention of Highly Commended artists Nic Mason, Catherine Tait and Richard Lewer. She then announced the recipient of this year’s $25, 000 acquisitive prize: Charles Cooper for his drawing State Forest. 

camera-icon Charles Cooper’s State Forest, Winner of the 2020 Perry Prize for Drawing


In her judge’s statement, Dr Fenner said 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.

On behalf of the students and staff at the College PLC Sydney Art & Design Captain Ariana Galanos presented a gift of thanks to Dr Fenner for her expertise and participation.

PLC Sydney congratulates 2020 winner Charles Cooper and gratefully acknowledges the participation of all entrants in 2020, and the enormous contribution of Dr Felicity Fenner to this year’s event. 

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020 Exhibition of Finalists continues Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.00 pm and Saturday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm until 27 March. 
Visitors to the Gallery can vote for a People’s Choice award that will be announced at the close of the exhibition. 

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