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 2018. 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 all artists, of all ages, from all countries, working in 2 or 3-dimensional art forms.

Highlights of the 2016 Adelaide Park Lands can be viewed here.

The Theme

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

Urban parks with complimentary and yet contradictory spaces can be compellingly inspirational for artists. The Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize is an opportunity for artists to make a statement or convey the many faces of the Adelaide Park Lands and their value in our urban setting. Adelaide is the only city in the world to be surrounded by Park Lands; a design heritage that requires recognition and conservation. Add your voice through art and enter the 2018 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize. Artists can make a difference.

The Park Lands

The Adelaide Park Lands are the open land that surrounds Adelaide City and North Adelaide; they include 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 and dwellers of the Adelaide city.

Eligible Mediums

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


Will be submitted on the digital form on this web site accessible from mid November 2017. Finalists will be selected from these entries and exhibited in the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2018. All Artworks will be for sale.


Three independent judges have been appointed:

Lisa Slade: Assistant Director, Creative Programs – Art Gallery of South Australia

Roy Ananda: Artist, Writer and Lecturer – Adelaide Central School of Art

Edward James: Artist, Consultant


Entries will be judged solely on artistic merit. Judges decisions are final, and no discussion will be entered into regarding their decisions.


$20,000 First prize

10 x $1,000 Highly Commended prizes

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

Royal Adelaide Show People’s Choice Prize $1,000

Winners will be announced at the launch of the finalists exhibition.

The Royal Show Society Peoples Prize will be announced on the last day of the exhibition.

Sale of Artworks

This is a non-acquisitive art prize – all artworks are for sale. Artworks will be on sale immediately following the announcement of winners, 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, interest and support for the Park Lands. A video that may help change the way you think about the Adelaide Park Lands is HERE.

Image Credits

From left to right:

CJ Taylor ‘Denim (Pasha of the Parklands)’  2014 (2014 WINNER)
Laima Guscia ‘Hollow Haven’  2014
Anna Herburt ‘All Dogs Park’  2014
Richard Maurovic  ‘Progress’ 2014
Peter Barnes ‘Big Old Bugger – Botanic Park’  2016

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

APPA gratefully acknowledges our sponsors:

Ant & Mary Lou Simpson
BK PARTNERS Chartered Accountants
Cheesman Architects Pty Ltd
City of Prospect
David Donaldson for Rose Donaldson
Grieve Gillett Anderson
Hamish Ramsay
Hugh & Fiona MacLachlan
Ian Gilfillan
Insurance Advisernet
Jan & Peter Davis
John Philips
JPE Design Studio
Judith Brine
Katrina Ramsay
Koppamurra Wines
Lyn Pederson
Maras Group (Aust) Pty Ltd
Pam O’Donnell & Robert O’Callaghan
Peter Grope
Rann Communications
Ray Clements
Stephan & Vicki Mavrakis
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

Graphic Design: Alecia Kral
Website: Brook Gerard