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Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize 2016

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Published October 2nd 2015
Promoting Adelaide's favourite feature
What's your favourite impression of Adelaide's parklands?

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Donovan Christie - Colonel's Choice

Kids playing? Families frolicking? Sports teams at play? Mother ducks leading their waddling train of ducklings to safety? Raucous cockatoos announcing their presence? Majestic living tree sculptures?

The breathing space that surrounds the city of Adelaide is the source of much delight and, over the years, has been the source of much debate.

Where commercial interests might see the vast green belt as an untapped resource, there are those who passionately defend the parklands and staunchly fight off any attempt to encroach or change their state.

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Richard Maurovic - Progress

One such group is the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association (APPA).

And, the APPA has come up with a novel way to draw attention to our magical parklands.

It recently announced the opening of 2016 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize. It's a biennial event that attracted hundreds of entries when it was first held 2014. Inaugural winner was Adelaide artist CJ Taylor, with his entry Denim (Pasha of the Parklands).

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Denim (Pasha of the Parklands)

Eighty-five finalists went on to compete for major prizes and the satisfaction of playing a role in the preservation of this most precious of resources.

Until this first event, strange as it might seem, there hadn't been a major art prize with Adelaide as its focus, nor one with the park lands as its theme.

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Jennifer Ahrens - Decomposed Leaf #2

The prize is open to all artists, of all ages and from anywhere, working in two or three-dimensional forms, including photography, painting, printmaking and drawing.

It asks artists to take their inspiration from the Adelaide park lands – and the works are judged purely on artistic merit, by distinguished figures of the art world.

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Catherine Hewitt - Wrapt - Triptych

An exhibition of finalists will be held in the fabulous Festival Centre Artspace Gallery from 15 April – 29 May next year, overlooking the featured park lands.

Along with a $20,000 first prize, there are ten commendation prizes of $1,000 and the Royal Show Society's $1,000 People's Choice Award (which is announced at the end of the exhibition).

All works on show are for sale. It's a terrific opportunity for artists to show their work – during the 2014 exhibition, almost $25,000 worth of works sold.

For details on how to enter, please refer to the website.

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Rose Crocker - Lotus Cycle

APPA was founded in 1987 as a non-profit community based 'watch-dog' to keep watch over what it saw as Adelaide's greatest treasure – the special open spaces of its park lands, which include the city squares. Despite advances including legislation and National Heritage listing, the group still must maintain a firm commitment to defending and preserving Colonel Light's visionary gift.

It works hard to raise awareness of the park lands and through that awareness, comes appreciation, interest and support. New members are always welcome.

2016 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Julie Swan - It was a good day

So, if you are an artist, or you know an artist who might be interested, the 2016 Park Lands Art Prize is waiting. Entries close at 5pm on 3 December.

If you're not an artist, but love a great exhibition – particularly one featuring such a diverse topic – then put it in your diary now. Next year isn't so far away!
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Why? Sign up for Park Lands Art Prize
When: Entries close 5pm 3 December 2015
Phone: 0429 042 950
Cost: $50 per art work entered
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