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Parkin Drawing Prize success for the Learning Connexion

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The Learning Connexion has once more had astounding success in Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing - the Parkin Drawing Prize. Current student Carol Smart, alumna Morag Stokes and mentors Jude Robertson and Billy Wilson are all finalists for the Prize.

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Morag Stokes - Entropy (quadtych)

It is the third year in a row for Billy Wilson, who is a distance delivery mentor at The Learning Connexion.

“It’s exciting to be a finalist in the Parkin Drawing Prize for a third time. With each entry I’ve evolved the same theme, becoming more and more ambitious and challenging myself to push my own creative boundaries. I can’t wait to see my work up amongst the other finalists,” says Billy.

“This is the second year in a row that four TLCers have been represented in the Parkin finals. These are great odds, which is a testament to the talent the comes out of here. In general we are well represented in New Zealand art competitions, which is no mean feat considering the competition is stiff!”


Detail of Billy Wilson's The Storehouse, a 2019 Parkin Drawing Prize finalist

The competition attracted 472 entries, of which 78 have been selected for the short-list.

The works will be showcased at the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (6 August – 8 September 2019) and the winning submission will be selected and announced on 5 August 2019.

The national drawing competition, attracting a major prize of $20,000, was launched by philanthropist and arts patron, Chris Parkin seven years ago. Ten highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded.

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Jude Robertson - Detail of Nebulous (Kapiti Island summit)

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Carol Smart - Moire


  • Christine Winbush
    23/07/2019 7:46am (5 years ago)

    This is testament of the quality art ecucation of The Learning Connection.