Wellingtonian Connah Podmore is the winner of the 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize with her work Street light (the room where your brother was born) in charcoal on lining paper, pasted on the wall. She was chosen as the winner from 500 entries nationwide and 86 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries on Tuesday 1 August.
The finalists in the 2023 Parkin Drawing Prize shortlist will be on display and for sale until 3 September, giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to view and purchase some wonderful pieces which are unlikely to be seen again, given that many of the finalists are not represented in any dealer gallery.
The annual competition, in its 11th year, promotes 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.
Previous winners include Monique Jansen (2013) with AO Folded Moire Drawing; Douglas Stichbury (2014) with Observer, Gabrielle Amodeo (2015) with The Floor We Walk On, Hannah Beehre’s Catastrophe (2016), Kirsty Lillico’s carpet installation State Block (2017), Jacqui Colley for Long Echo (2018), Michael Dell’s Every Valley (2019), Poppy Lekner’s Forward Slash (2020), Mark Braunias’ work In search of the Saccharine Underground and Siân Stephens Liam Cutting His Hair After An All-nighter, at last year’s 10th anniversary.