The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition 2023 is now open until Saturday 22 April at Penneshaw Town Hall.

The theme for 2023 is Precious Moments. Judges are artists Nici Cumpston and Olga Sankey.  

View the 2023 exhibition page for prizewinners

See prize winners from previous Easter Art Exhibitions:

2021 prize winners in all categories

2018 prizewinners in all categories

Diana Keir Art Prize

The major prize at the Easter Art Exhibition is the Diana Keir Art Prize, in honour of Kangaroo Island artist Diana Keir who died in 2019.  Diana’s friend, Alexandra McCarthy, has built up a corpus of funds through Foundation SA to support the $10,000 biennial prize. 

The fund is still receiving donations. For more information on the fund see: Diana Keir Art Award Letter

A quick recap

The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition has come a long way from a few paintings among the rose blooms and succulents at the Penneshaw Annual Flower Show in the 1980s. Dreams of a proper art show were pushed along by determined members of the local community, their names still familiar today – Willson, Trethewey, Nettle, Noack, Sabel and Lashmar. Their determination and hard work got the exhibition on its feet and growing.

Since 2001, the Artists Collective Kangaroo Island has held responsibility for the EAE and held the exhibition annually until the volunteer capacity allowed on for a biennial effort.

The 2021 exhibition broke previous records with nearly 100 artists contributing 200 works with the total value of prizes being over $10,000.

The KI Easter Art Exhibition aims to continue to build the reputation of the exhibition to attract on and off island artists and audiences while maintaining a distinct local identity and increasing community engagement. It is open to all the island’s creative people including school children. It is a vehicle for emerging artists seeking to gain initial exposure and allows artists to showcase their new and developmental work. Highly regarded visiting judges provide feedback and networking opportunities to artists who normally work in isolation away from mainstream arts bodies and support.