01 Jul, 2013

Entries now open for $20,000 Adelaide Park Lands art prize

A competition offering artists from Adelaide and around the world a chance to capture the essence of the city’s unique Park Lands is now open with entrants in the running to win $20,000.

The Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize competition is being run by the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association, an independent, not-for-profit, association that promotes awareness and appreciation of the Adelaide Park Lands. The competition is sponsored by City of Adelaide through the Adelaide Park Lands Authority (APLA).

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said that the competition was a way to showcase the Nationally Heritage listed Park Lands.

“Adelaide is the only planned city in the entire world encircled by a sea of Park Lands set aside nearly two hundred years ago for the express purpose of providing a recreational resource for the citizens of Adelaide,” he said.

“This competition gives people a chance to showcase the beauty of our Park Lands and the people who use them,” Stephen said.

Entrants can submit a painting, drawing, print, three-dimensional work such as sculptures or a photograph and entries will be judged solely on artistic merit.

The competition will run until November. Fifty to 100 finalists will be selected and displayed in the Adelaide Festival Centre Artspace Gallery from February to April next year. The winners will be announced on 15 February during the Festival.

The overall winner will receive $20,000 with five other prizes of $2,000 each on offer.

There will be a ‘Peoples Prize’ awarded by popular vote, announced on the last day of the exhibition. All artworks will be for sale. The judges are all well-known and respected in their field and include Robert Hannaford, Douglas Gautier, Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre and well known journalist Rex Jory.

Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association (APPA) chairman Ian Gilfillan said that this competition would encourage people to appreciate the Park Lands and create awareness of their importance to Adelaide.

“The Park Lands act as a green border around the city, providing opportunities for everyone - walking trails, cycle tracks, picnic areas, bird watching or secluded spots to watch the world go by,” Ian said.

“The Park Lands are visible from many parts of the city and North Adelaide and vary in character and design from area to area.

“Numerous public functions are held in the Park Lands, including music festivals, international events, as well as many community events. They are an important asset to the people of Adelaide and South Australia and this competition recognises that,” Ian said.

To find out more about the competition and how to enter, go to http://www.parklandsart.com