photo-icon Finalist: Bart Rentmeester 'Natura'

Adelaide Park Lands artworks online and on offer

Cultural Heart Our Wellbeing

Here’s an idea for those missing their nature strolls through the city’s glorious Park Lands. While the Finalists’ Exhibition for the 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize has been deferred until December due to the COVID-19 situation, organisers have come up with the brilliant idea of not only displaying the 77 shortlisted artworks online on their website now, but making them available for purchase* to help support the creative industry through this difficult time.

Initiated by the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association (APPA) in 2014, the biennial Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize invites artists of any age and from any country to share how they 'see' these wondrous open spaces - be it through painting, drawing, printmaking, multimedia, three-dimensional work, photography or video.

This year, a combined prize pool of $38,500 was on offer to entrants, comprising: $20,000 First Prize, $2,000 APPA Young Artist Prize (under 25 years old),10 x $1,500 prizes and a $1,500 People’s Choice Prize. A record 352 artworks were entered by a total of 318 artists based locally, as well as from around the country and overseas.

“We received a lot of very positive feedback from artists relating to their experience in entering the prize and heartfelt statements relaying their passion for the Park Lands. Of the 318 artists who entered, 42 were from interstate, six from overseas and the rest from South Australia.”
Maggie Fletcher, Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize Coordinator

An encouraging number of younger artists threw their hat in the ring this year, with 36 entrants in the under 25 years category and the youngest artist just six years old.

Normally the prizes would be announced at the Opening Night of the Finalists’ Exhibition, which has been traditionally held within the Adelaide Festival Centre, with all the finalists’ pieces made available for sale immediately after. However exceptional times called for some renewed thinking by organisers.

“With the Adelaide Festival Centre temporarily closed due to COVID-19, we have rescheduled our Finalists’ Exhibition until December and while that means entrants will have to wait until the new Opening Night date of 3 December to find out all the winners, we are pleased to be able to share their works online now and invite people to buy them.

All the entries were presented anonymously to the judges and 77 artworks selected as Finalists for exhibition. Eleven are from interstate, with the remainder produced locally. All but one of the 77 Finalists’ artworks are available now for purchasing online – although buyers will have to wait until the closing of the Finalists’ Exhibition at the end of January 2021 to collect their pieces.

“I urge everyone to head online and look at the wide range of works encompassing different mediums and read the artists’ statements for more insight,” said Maggie. “There are works available at all price points and by selecting and purchasing your artwork now, you can support artists through this difficult time and secure an artwork for yourself before the Exhibition opens.”

Rescheduled Finalists’ Exhibition Details:

Opening Night:

Thursday 3 December 2020


Friday 4 December 2020 to Saturday 30 January 2021

Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Theatre Foyer Galleries

King William Street, Adelaide

The City of Adelaide is proud to support the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize

Main image:
Extract of 'Natura' by Bart Rentmeester | Medium: Glass | Dimensions: 35 cm High x 90 cm Wide x 40 cm Deep

* buyers will need to wait until the closing of the Finalists’ Exhibition at the end of January 2021 to collect their pieces.

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Skye Murtagh

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