In the draw

Updated: Jul 7

A toilet and sink, no.8 wire, an oak table, and recycled nylons are just some of the subjects of the artworks shortlisted for the 2019 Parkin Drawing Prize.


Gabriella Challis, Everything But The Bathroom, 2019

Professor Robert Jahnke, an artist, writer and curator, artist Darryn George, and Charlotte Davy, Head of Art at Te Papa Tongarewa, assessed the entries before coming up with a short-list of 79 works. They form the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 6 August.


‘The nature of drawing has always been the subject of discussion and debate and we are thrilled with the continued enthusiastic response for the seventh year of this competition,’ says Chris. ‘I am looking forward to seeing the range of artworks, from the traditional and not so traditional and getting the drawing conversation going once again,' says philanthropist and arts patron, Chris Parkin, who founded the competition.


The winner of the major prize of $20,000 will be selected and announced by art dealer John Gow at the opening night on 5 August.


Motoko Kikkawa, Doodle in May

Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

6 August – 8 September

Subscribe to our newsletter

© 2018 ArtZone