Adelaide Perry Prize 2017 winner announced


Image 1: Dr Burgis, Vanessa Li (Year 12), Kendal Heyes and Mark Hetherington.

Image 2: Kendal Heyes, Boat 1, 2017, ink on paper.


Congratulations to Coledale 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. Guest speaker and Judge for the award, Professor Richard Goodwin, artist and architect, made the opening remarks and announcements. He spoke of the high calibre of submissions received by artists this year and the difficulty in the task of selecting just one winner. Ultimately, Professor Goodwin’s  final selection came down to three works. Commendations were made to Catherine O’Donnell’s Urban dwellings series #1 and Alec Baker’s Ngura (Country), with Mr Heye’s ink on paper work, Boat 1, being declared the overall winner of the $25 000 acquisitive award. 


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’.

In closing, Art and Design Captain, Vanessa Li, presented a gift of thanks to Professor Goodwin on behalf of the PLC Sydney community, for his participation at the event.

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 until 24 March 2017 at Adelaide Perry Gallery, 8.30 am to 4.00 pm weekdays and 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturdays.

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