The 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition opens on Good Friday, 30 March. Time to let the creative ideas flow!

‘Watch This Space’ is the theme for the major award category, the Peter Walker Prize, giving artists unlimited scope and open to works in any medium. Aside from the prestige of winning, what better inducement than first prize of $2,000, and second prize of $1,000.

We are honoured to have the Art Gallery of South Australia’s continued support of the exhibition, the island’s highest profile art event. This year’s AGSA judge is Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Leigh has extensive knowledge of both Australian and international contemporary art, and more than 15 years’ experience. Previously she was Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts where she curated over 30 exhibitions. Before this she held positions at the Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

Leigh is delighted to be involved. ‘The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition’, she says, ‘brings together experienced artists as well as budding art stars and creates a space to share their latest works and ideas. Spanning all generations of artists and traversing most mediums, the exhibition offers diverse encounters with contemporary art practices. As a judge and a curator, it’s an exciting opportunity for me to see which artists are challenging themselves and their art forms with ambitious new work, and to track emerging talent.’

In 2016 AGSA Director Nick Mitzevich and fellow judge Melinda Rankin were bowled over by the standard of works on display. For Nick, the exhibition was ‘a great joy’. He said, ‘It is clear that the passionate supporters − both the organising committee and the islands’ artists – make it a wonderful event. Charge on!!’

Entry forms are due to Project Manager Fleur Peters no later than Wednesday 14 February 2018.

Forms can be downloaded from Fine Art Kangaroo Island web page via the following link:

Hard copies of the entry form will be available in Kingscote at Fine Art KI, Kangaroo Island Gallery and Spinners and Weavers; in Penneshaw at Tourism Kangaroo Island visitor centre, Granny Stirlings and the Post Office and at Baudin Beach from Artworks Gallery. Full prize information can be found below.

For all enquiries or to request an e-form please email project manager at [email protected]

Category Medium Prize
Peter Walker Award

Peter Walker Award 2nd prize

Any medium. Theme – ‘Watch This Space’ $2000


Current Works – 2 dimensional

(includes printmaking)

Paintings, drawings, prints. Any theme $1000
Current Works – 3 dimensional Sculpture, pottery, collage, jewellery, textiles, wood etc. Any theme $1000
Photography Photography incl. digital art. Any theme $1000
Youth, 13−16 years old Any medium, any theme $100
Children, 9−12 years old Any medium, any theme $50
Children, under 9 years old Any medium, any theme $25
Ros Johnsson Flora Award Any medium, flora theme $200
People’s Choice (visitors’ votes) Any medium, any theme $250