In 2023, the KI Easter Art Exhibition theme is Precious Moments and features the Diana Keir Art Award of $10,000

When Kangaroo Island artist and identity Diana Keir died in 2019, the island’s artistic community lost one of its shining lights. Diana’s friend since childhood, Alexandra McCarthy, resolved to ensure that Diana’s artistic legacy lived on by supporting her favourite event.

Alex has established the Diana Keir Art Award, a biennial prize for the KI Easter Art Exhibition to honour and pay tribute to this lively and eccentric character who contributed so much to Kangaroo Island art. The prize is funded by a corpus, under the auspices of Guildhouse, to award $10,000 every two years.

Supporting the drive to encourage artists and maintain high standards, the Art Gallery of South Australia commits one of the two judges and has since 2014. For the 2023 exhibition we are honoured to welcome two respected artists as judges:

Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director of Tarnanthi and Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art who is also a practicing artist/photographer.

Olga Sankey, a practising artist with interests in printmaking and digital art, and a retired senior visual arts lecturer (University of South Australia). As a child, Olga lived for several years on Kangaroo Island at Cape du Couedic while her father, noted artist Voitre Marek, was lighthousekeeper.

The 2023 Exhibition opens Friday night 7 April (Good Friday) and runs until Saturday 22 April 2023. The Meet the Judges session will be on Saturday morning 8 April at the exhibition. 

The EAE is working to revive the youth section to its former glory and is liaising with local schoolteachers to effect this.