Winter Foliage #12 (detail)

Winter Foliage #12 (detail)

by James King

Overall winner, 2003 Waterhouse Art Prize

Forgive them Mother (detail)

Forgive them Mother (detail)

by Chris Stubbs

Overall winner, 2004 Waterhouse Art Prize

Centre of Attention (detail)

Centre of Attention (detail)

by Michael McWilliams

Overall winner, 2005 Waterhouse Art Prize

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

by John Nelson

Overall winner, 2006 Waterhouse Art Prize

The Gift of Hindsight (detail)

The Gift of Hindsight (detail)

by Heather Marsh

Overall winner, 2007 Waterhouse Art Prize

Bandicoot Playground (detail)

Bandicoot Playground (detail)

by Michael McWilliams

Overall winner, 2008 Waterhouse Art Prize

Fish (detail)

Fish (detail)

by Matilda Michell

Overall winner, 2009 Waterhouse Art Prize

Flood Stones

Flood Stones

by Nikki Main

Overall winner, 2010 Waterhouse Art Prize

Scintilla Series - Spiralling Weed, Soft Sponge, Sea Urchin - vessels 2010

Scintilla Series - Spiralling Weed, Soft Sponge, Sea Urchin - vessels 2010

by Julie Blyfield

Overall winner, 2011 Waterhouse Art Prize

Anatye (Bush Potato) (detail)

Anatye (Bush Potato) (detail)

by Margaret Loy Pula

Overall winner, 2012 Waterhouse Art Prize

Flight of Fancy (detail)

Flight of Fancy (detail)

by Judith Brown

Overall winner, 2013 Waterhouse Art Prize

High Tide, Wynnum (detail)

High Tide, Wynnum (detail)

by Carole King

Overall winner, 2014 Waterhouse Art Prize

The review

The inaugural Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize competition was held in 2003 and over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.

In early 2015 the South Australian Museum embarked on a review of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize to ensure its success in future years. 

The review included a survey for artists, arts sector experts, visitors and other stakeholders and an internal audit. The Museum has paid close attention to the findings to develop an ongoing, high impact and sustainable future prize program. 

 

Changes to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

From 2016 changes to the program will be as follows:

  • the Waterhouse prize panel will include internationally renowned judges to enhance the prestige of the prize
  • specific categories and restrictions on media will be removed, opening the competition up to more artists, who can enter any form of visual fine art with the exception of photography
  • the prize will be a biennial fixture on the Museum's exhibition calendar to ensure it remains sustainable and to allow for greater access to the Museum’s limited exhibition space for a wider program of Museum exhibitions
  • a scientists’ award will be introduced to reinforce the links between art and science
  • two main award categories will be available, these being an open competition award with a $30,000 prize and an emerging artist award with a $10,000 prize. A further $5,000 will be available through the people’s choice award and $5,000 through the scientists’ award
  • the competition will no longer be acquisitive, allowing the winning piece to be purchased by the public, at potentially greater advantage to the artist.

 

Further information

Entries to the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize will open in January 2016, and the Museum anticipates that guidelines for those wishing to enter will be available from this website in October 2015. Works that would previously have qualified for the competition will qualify for the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

The Waterhouse has contributed in excess of $1.3M to the arts community and the South Australian Museum remains deeply committed to supporting the Waterhouse prize and allowing it to evolve in ways that ensure it remains relevant and continues to support artists.

For further information please contact waterhouseartprize@samuseum.sa.gov.au or call 08 8207 7385.

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