Parkin Prize


Media Release

October 2012

Parkin Drawing Award unveiled

A national drawing award attracting a major prize of $20,000 has been launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of New Zealand’s only boutique art hotel – Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.
Parkin has committed to funding The Parkin Prize for an initial five year period.  The award is open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship.

Drawing ‘lives through magic’ claimed New York artist Keith Haring, and The Parkin Prize will seek to capture the spirit of invention, risk and discovery that is fundamental to drawing and making art.
The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, will promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice.

“As a dedicated supporter of the arts I believe it is essential to offer a national award of this significance and highlight the depth and skill of drawing practice in New Zealand. Internationally we are seeing a resurgence of interest in drawing as the basis of all visual art forms. Not only will it empower talented artists with a sense of the importance of their practice, but it will also see the establishment of a unique collection of New Zealand art through the acquisition of the winning drawings,” said Parkin.

“Chris Parkin’s initiative in getting this award off the ground is greatly appreciated.  It gives due attention to a critical aspect of making art that is often marginalised or neglected – even by sections of the arts community.  Drawing reveals and confronts the immediate connections between an artist - their work and ideas - and the world in which they live.  I would trust that it will become one of New Zealand’s most prestigious art competitions,” said Dr. Warren Feeney, Director of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
The winning submission, to receive the prize of $20,000, will be selected by the initial judge, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith. Finalists will be pre-selected by an Advisory Panel, members of which are currently under selection.

Entry forms and further information will soon be available on  The winner will be announced in late July 2013 to coincide with a public exhibition showcasing all finalists’ works to be held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington.

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Reed – Communications Manager, Museum Art Hotel 
021 205 7718 or                            

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