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Adelaide-based National $25,000 Kennedy Art Prize Entries Close Friday 18 August 2017 (Expired)

Entrants in this year’s $25,000 Kennedy Art Prize – Adelaide-based national art award that is one of the richest in Australian art circles – have until 18 August 2017 to submit works.

Kennedy Art Prize Coordinator, Mr Mark Kennedy, said a strong field of entries was submitted for the 2016 Prize, and urged artists to submit 2017 entries immediately online to

The 2016 Kennedy Art Prize was won by artist Deidre But-Husaim, from South Australia, with a work titled ‘The Ineffable’.

Offered by the Kennedy Arts Foundation, open to all Australian artists, entries must be painted in any medium and must embody, comment on or celebrate “beauty”.

Emerging artists are especially encouraged to enter the Prize which is designed to showcase previously un-exhibited artists alongside established Australian luminaries.

The winning artist will receive the 4th Kennedy Prize of $25,000.  Their artwork will be acquired by the Kennedy Arts Foundation.  

The Prize money is not the only benefit to entering the Kennedy Prize. The Prize exposes artwork to new audiences especially for emerging artists.

This year the Kennedy Arts Foundation is also awarding the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Portrait Prize of $10,000 which forms part of SALA.  

The Adelaide-based exhibition of the Kennedy Prize finalists for 2017 will run from Friday 15 September to Saturday 23 September (Closed Sunday 17 September) at Fisher Jeffries 1/19 Gouger Street Adelaide.

The Foundation’s Choice comprising of Foundation members’ shortlisted selection is part of the main exhibition.

A People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the public’s preferred entrant. All entries, except the Prize Winner and Foundation Choice selections, are eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Voting is available at the exhibition up to and including Thursday 21 September and will be announced at 6pm on Friday 22 September at the exhibition.

All exhibited artworks, except the Prize Winner, will be available for sale at the exhibition.


Monday 24 July, 2017
Tuesday 15 August, 2017

South Australia, Adelaide

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