A Project of APPA: The Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association Inc.

About the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize

Exhibiting since 2014, this biennial series of the prestigious Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize will again take place in 2020. This is a major art prize initiated by the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association (APPA) to highlight through art, the beauty and fragility of the Park Land belt that surrounds the city of Adelaide.

The prize is open to artists of all ages, from all countries.

Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited in 2020 in the Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Theatre Foyer Galleries in April/ May 2020.

All Artworks are for sale.

An excellent chance to show your work to thousands of people.

Finalists from previous Adelaide Park Lands Art Prizes can be viewed HERE.

The Theme

Artists are encouraged to use their art make a statement or capture the essence of the Adelaide Park Lands.

This Art Prize is an opportunity for artists to convey the many faces of our Adelaide Park Lands and their value in this urban setting. Join the growing movement to protect our Park Lands.
Adelaide is the world’s only city in a Park; a design heritage that requires recognition and conservation. The Park Lands are continually under threat from private and commercial interests but they belong to everyone.

Add your voice through art to raise awareness of your love of the Park Lands and enter the 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize. 

The Park Lands

The Adelaide Park Lands are the open land that surrounds Adelaide City and North Adelaide; they include 27 named and adjoining parks each with its own characteristic and the City Square and North Adelaide Squares. They are natural spaces with various guises in different areas, but all are in close proximity to workers, dwellers and visitors to the Adelaide city.

Eligible Mediums

Painting, drawing, printmaking, multimedia, three-dimensional work, photography and video. If in doubt please send your query to info@parklandsart.com


Entries for 2020 have now closed. To receive notifications about the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, register HERE.

Finalists will be selected from these entries and exhibited in the Adelaide Festival Centre in April 2020.  All Artworks in the Finalists’ Exhibition will be for sale.


Three independent judges will be appointed:

Tracey Lock – Curator Australian Paintings & Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia

Emma Fey – CEO Guildhouse

Christopher Orchard – Internationally renowned artist, SALA Festival Feature Artist 2017, Lecturer

Entries will be judged solely on artistic merit. When shortlisting artworks, judges will not be given the name of the artist. Judges decisions are final, and no discussion will be entered into regarding their decisions.


$20,000 First prize

$2,000 APPA Young Artist Prize (under 25 yo)

10 x $1,500 Prizes

$1,500 People’s Choice Prize

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Winners will be announced at the launch of the finalists’ exhibition in April 2020.

Sale of Artworks

This is a non-acquisitive art prize – all artworks are for sale. Artworks will be on sale from the opening night until the close of the exhibition, but not before.


The prize is an initiative of the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association, Inc (APPA) – an independent, not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote an awareness and appreciation of the Adelaide Park Lands. The Prize is a key part of APPA’s program to stimulate the public’s awareness of threats to the Park Lands and raise interest and support for the Park Lands. A video that may help change the way you think about the Adelaide Park Lands is HERE.

Banner Images Above – Credits

From left to right:

Max Ryszawa Hansha 反射 50 x 75 cm, Photographic print on glass
Anna Dowling Beneath and Before, 118 x 84 cm, Ink on paper
Louise Vadasz Botanic (detail) 102 x 76 cm, Oil on linen
Deborah Baldassi Olivia Dances, 50 x 50 cm, Ink and watercolour
Roger Buddle Winter Fungi, 24 x 45 x 20 cm, Kilnformed glass, found timber

All images were cropped, reduced and respectfully adjusted for display on this website.


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