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2017 Adelaide Perry Prize winner

issue0417-2017-perry-prize-winnerCongratulations to artist Kendal Heyes who has won this year’s Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.

The Exhibition of Finalists officially opened at Adelaide Perry Gallery on Friday 24 February. Judge for the award, Professor Richard Goodwin, Artist and Architect, declared Kendal Heyes the winner of the $25 000 acquisitive prize for his work titled Boat 1, 2017.

Heyes said of his work: the image is based on a news photograph of a refugee boat, blown up through the process of drawing until it becomes deliberately ambiguous. I hope my 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’.

The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is generously sponsored by PLC Sydney Parents and Friends’ Association. It is among the most significant art awards in the country and this year attracted over 500 entries. A People’s Choice award of $2000 will be announced at the close of the exhibition, voting slips are available at the Gallery.

The works of the 46 finalists are currently on display at Adelaide Perry Gallery, 8.30 am to 4.00 pm weekdays and 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturdays.

Image (from left): Dr Burgis, Vanessa Li (Year 12), Kendal Heyes and Mark Hetherington.