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

Buy your opening night tickets here for Friday 7 April.

Entries for the 2023 exhibition have now closed.

Guidelines and Information sheet.

Label sheet for attaching to your artwork. (click this link)

In 2023, the Easter Art Exhibition has seven categories.

Adult categories:
* Diana Keir Art Award, any medium, theme ‘Precious Moments’
* Current Works – 2-dimensional paintings, drawings, prints, with any theme
* Current Works – 3-dimensional  sculpture, pottery, collage, jewellery, textiles, wood etc, with any theme
* Current Works – photographs and digital art

Categories for younger people:
* Youth, 13−16 years old, any medium, any theme
* Children, 9−12 years old, any medium, any theme
* Children, under 9 years old, any medium, any theme

Each artist is allowed no more than three entries, with a maximum of two entries in any one category
2D − maximum width 1600 mm
3D − maximum 1 square metre floorspace, 3 cubic metre volume

To each entry attach a completed entry label using this link to the sheet.

Important dates
Sunday 26 February 2023: Final date for entries through the online booking platform
Wednesday 29 March and Sunday 2 April: delivery date for artworks with labels to Penneshaw Town Hall (times to come)
Saturday 22 April, 3−5pm: Collect unsold works from Penneshaw Hall

The prize, the judges, and more
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 Foundation SA, 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.