The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition 2023 opens on Friday night 7 April (Good Friday) and runs until Saturday 22 April at Penneshaw Town Hall.
The theme for 2023 is Precious Moments. Judges are artists Nici Cumpston and Olga Sankey.
See prize winners from previous Easter Art Exhibitions:
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 Guildhouse to support the $10,000 biennial prize.
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.