The South Australian Museum has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Commemorating the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator Frederick George Waterhouse, this biennial competition and resulting exhibition allows artists and audiences to explore the world of natural science through a range of diverse media.
Now in its 20th year, the prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate.
This year’s judges: Professor Alan Duffy, Astrophysicist, Swinburne University of Technology; Kelly Gellatly, Arts Leader, Curator, Writer, and arts advocate; Erica Green, Director of the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art; and Brian Oldman, Director, South Australian Museum, selected seventy-one finalists from a field of almost 500 entries. The final selection of winners is to take place in Adelaide ahead of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition opening in early June.
The non-acquisitive prize will see $30,000 awarded in the Open Prize category, and $10,000 will go to the winner of the Emerging Artist Prize category. Exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite artwork, with the winning artist receiving $5,000 in prize money for the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize.
The winners will be announced at the official launch held at the South Australian Museum on Thursday 2 June. The shortlisted finalists and winners will be showcased in an exhibition at the South Australian Museum from 4 June to 7 August 2022.