"Salinity" has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize for 2016.
The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is a $25,000 acquisitive art award among the most significant of its kind in the country. Inaugurated in 2006, the Prize is generously supported by the Parents and Friends’ Association of PLC Sydney. Named in honour of respected painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth Perry who taught Art at PLC Sydney from 1930 to 1962, the Prize attracts submissions from around the country.
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."
Prior to the finalists’ exhibition event, 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.