9th Solar Art Prize

Opening date, 20 May 2018, RSASA Gallery.

Exhibition runs until 17 June 2018.

The winners received their awards after an inspiring talk from Dr Susan Close MP in her capacity as Shadow Minister for The Environment and Water (she is also Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Education Minister).

Susan has been involved with a variety of environmental movements including the Wilderness Society and setting up the Dolphin Sanctuary since University days.

Prize Winners

Winner Overall

Mirjana Dobson – Synthetic Organisms
ceramic mixed media glaze glass, 40 x 40 x 3 cm

2nd Place Overall

Frey Micklethwait – The Tree of Strife
oil on panel & wood 360 x 30 cm


Winner Section One: 
Alan Ramachandran – In the Fleurieu
ink on paper 65 x 90 cm

Second Place Section One:
Wild Fauna & Flora
Jingwei Bu – Cockatoo Smile
archival giclee print on cotton rag, 79 x 104 cm


Winner Section Two:
Public Responsibility
Brooke Walker – Life or Death
oil on panel 47 x 47 cm

Second Place Section Two:
Public Responsibility
Cat Leonard – Tree of Modernised Life
mixed media on canvas 60 x 40 cm


Merit Awards:
Roe Gartelmann – The Movement of Time
mixed media 83 x 102 cm

Maggie Rees – 600 Year Legacy
oil & ink, 76 x 76 cm

Margaret Thomas – Steven Wright – sitting
mixed media on paper 100 x 72 cm


Hangers Prize:
Wendy Jennings – From Little Things Big Things Grow
acrylic on paper 70 x 95 cm


Aussie Animal Sanctuary Prize:
Bev Bills – An-tart-ica
handmade paper book & verse, 12 x 12 x 1 cm





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8th Solar Art Prize 2017


7th Solar Art Prize 2016

Judges: Silvio Apponyi, Rita Hall, Mark Judd

Guest speaker: Paul Lainio, Supervising Meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology


6th Solar Art Prize
15 March – 13 April 2015

Judges: Alan Campbell, Gregory Donovan, Thea Sarris.

Announced at the opening in the RSASA Gallery, 15 March
by Professor Chris Daniels, urban Ecology.

Best Overall : $8,000 voucher off the cost of new solar products

Daniel Hurditch (pictured) with “Earth”, oil on canvas – Earth patterns, atmosphere, curvature of the earth, land, people, industry bacteria, melting icebergs, industrial emissions and brain neurons.

2nd Prize $6,000 voucher for solar products: Hans Koppan,
Finke River at Glen Helen, oil painting – during the drought, the Glen Helen waterholes a refuge for nine species of fish known to inhabit the Finke River system. You will also see waterbirds such as ducks, herons and waders here while pelicans and black swans appear from time to time. Thanks to its chain of waterholes the Finke is like a highway for migratory waterbirds

Sections 1 – 4 each receive $5,000 in vouchers for solar products

Section 1: Babs Sinclair, Encroachment, acrylic painting – this painting is a reference to the changing landscape boundaries as a result of man’s activities

Section 2:  Alan Ramachandran, Trapped,
ink & wash on yappo paper – trapped water in a river bed pool. Water made more precious by climate Change.

Section 3: Deborah Odell, Perforate, ceramic – wheel thrown altered form, saggar fired (Atmospherically decorated)

Section 4: Andrea Num-Glover, Dragons & Dianmantinnsaurus, mixed digital & graphic – The past is here now-just a few layers separate us. Let’s make it spiral not circular

 Hangers Prize: Wendy Jennings A Bleak Future, Acrylic on canvas

Merit Awards: Jack Briner, On the fence, Gary Percy, Mystic Dawn-A New Beginning,
Peter Noble, Phillip-CSIRO, Jane Skeer, Plastic Adaptability

Special mentions: Coralie Armstrong, Bev Bills, Heather Clegg, Carolyn Corletto, Reg Dodd, Earleen Eastwood, Jorti Gardener, Roe Gartelmann, Frances Griffin, Roger Hjorleifson, Bob Landt, Denis Maddigan, Frank Peddie, Maggie Rees, Vikki Waller, Andrea Wyatt,

Peoples’ Choice was announced yesterday for The Solar Arts Exhibition: Bob Landt “By his Hand” ink on paper. Runners up Wendy Jennings with “A Bleak Future”, acrylic on canvas and Edward Vincent, “Shattered Dreams: oil on board.
Congratulations to all as it was an exciting exhibition
$34,000 IN VOUCHERS FOR SOLAR PRODUCTS (non-acquisitive) OR $2,550 IN CASH PRIZES
Return form, photograph & entry fee to PO Box 721 North Adelaide 5006
Selected exhibition to be held in the
Royal South Australian Society of Arts Gallery, Institute Blg. cnr. North Tce & Kintore Ave., Adelaide
The aim of this exhibition is to illustrate caring for our planet. This may be done by illustrating –
a. The natural environment. Nature and its biodiversity on land or in the ocean Or
b. People(portraits or generic) taking responsible actions to curb their carbon footprint. Or..
c. Promote action against global warming with ideas for the reduction of atmospheric CO2 or
Illustrating warnings & public responsibility.
Section 1. Paintings– Acrylic, oil, but excluding mixed media, photography & digital.
Section 2. Works on paper- Watercolour, pastel, drawing, etchings, prints,
but excluding mixed media, photography & digital.
Section 3. 3D – Sculpture,
Also relief carving, ceramics, jewellery, enamels & mosaic.
Section 4 Everything else –including photography, digital, mixed media, tapestries, textiles, cartoons
& unpublished Illustrated children’s books.
Over–all Winner’s Prize
An $8,000 voucher off the cost of new solar products (for Natural Technology Systems Prospect) or $1,000 cash
Second Prize A $6,000 voucher off the cost of new solar products (for Natural Technology
Systems Prospect) or $500 cash
Sections 1 – 4 each receive a $5,000 voucher off the cost of new solar cell products(for Natural
Technology Systems Prospect) or $200 cash
People’s Choice Award & 4 Merits each win
an Aussie Animal Sanctuary Game & $50 cash.
The People’s Choice Award will be announced on the last day of the exhibition
No work receives more than one prize.
Prizes may be transferred to family or friends.
Prizes must be taken up within 12 months from the end of the exhibition.
The work must be the original work of the artist
copies unacceptable.
Selection will be made from the photos
Entrants may submit up to 3 works in each section
Labels with artist’s name, title & price must be securely attached to the back of each work.
Short statements are allowable but not required
2D work must be dry & have D rings for hanging.
3D work must be able to safely stand alone .
All work to be professionally presented or it maynot be selected for display.
Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
Entries to be submitted with a signed entry form, a photo of each entry & a non refundable fee.
The photo of A4 size labelled on the back with name, address, title, size, medium & price.
(Photos of3 sides of3D work preferred)
$15 entry fee for smaller work both 2D & 3D – no dimension (incl. frame or stand) may exceed 1m
$25 entry fee for larger work.
– 2D no dimension (incl. frame) to exceed 2m
– 3D – 1m x 2m X0.9m max not to exceed 80 kilos
Entries to be lodged by Feb 6th 2015 to
The Solar Art Prize PO Box 721 Nth Adelaide 5006
Artists whose work is selected will be notified with the date for delivery to the gallery.
Photos can be picked up from the desk on the last day or send SSAE but no responsibility is accepted.
Selection is by judges who will have regard to the goals, artistic merit & creative innovation of the
work. The judges will be independent experts.The decision of the judges is final. No explanation
nor correspondence will be entered into.
Items will be offered for sale at the nominated prices.
These will be non negotiable. A 30% commission on all sales will be retained by the venue. It is a condition of
entry that all works may be reproduced for publicity and a catalogue.