by James King
Overall winner, 2003 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Chris Stubbs
Overall winner, 2004 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Michael McWilliams
Overall winner, 2005 Waterhouse Art Prize
by John Nelson
Overall winner, 2006 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Heather Marsh
Overall winner, 2007 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Michael McWilliams
Overall winner, 2008 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Matilda Michell
Overall winner, 2009 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Nikki Main
Overall winner, 2010 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Julie Blyfield
Overall winner, 2011 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Margaret Loy Pula
Overall winner, 2012 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Judith Brown
Overall winner, 2013 Waterhouse Art Prize
by Carole King
Overall winner, 2014 Waterhouse Art Prize
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize was launched in 2002 and commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. 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. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.
In early 2015 the South Australian Museum embarked on a review of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize to ensure its success in future years. The review included a survey for artists, arts sector experts, visitors and other stakeholders and an internal audit. The Museum paid close attention to the findings to develop an ongoing, high impact and sustainable future prize program.
From 2016 the major changes to the program will be as follows:
Works that were previously eligible for the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize will continue to qualify. The prize no longer has categories for specific types of work to fit in. Any form of visual fine art is now eligible for the Waterhouse Prize, with the exception of photography. To be eligible, the work must have been produced no earlier than January 2014 and must relate to the natural world and the sciences associated with it, such as biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. Works relating to natural history are also eligible.
Works must not have any dimension greater than 2m in length and must fit through a standard door unassembled (2m x 0.9m).
While many forms of digital art are eligible for the Waterhouse Prize, works of art that are photographs are not eligible. We encourage artists to consider entering their photographic work to the South Australian Museum’s The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
Judges will make their decision on the artistic merit of the work. Judges will also consider the relationship to natural science or natural history represented by the work.
The judges will be announced when the competition opens in January 2016. The judges will be of international stature in the worlds of art and science.
Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to nominate a work for the People’s Choice Award. The work that receives the most votes wins this award.
Visitors to the exhibition who are current members of a professional scientific society will be eligible to vote in the Scientists’ Choice Award. They will have the opportunity to nominate a work that they feel best meets the purpose of the Waterhouse Prize in presenting perspectives on natural science.
Emerging artists are those artists in the early years of their career and are often accepted to be the first five years of professional practice. For the purposes of the Waterhouse Prize, an emerging artist defined is an artist who has either never had a solo exhibition, or had their first solo exhibition less than five years ago.
All relevant dates are in the rules. The competition opens on Wednesday 13 January 2016, shortlist judging occurs in early April, and artists will be advised by 15 April if they have been selected for exhibition. Winners of the open and emerging artist categories will be announced on Thursday 9 June 2016. The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition runs from 10 June to 31 July 2016, with the People’s Choice and Scientists’ Choice awards announced on Thursday 21 June 2016. The touring program will run from September through to the end of November 2016.
All works selected for exhibition must be available for the touring program if required.
Entries to the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize will be online only and will open on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Guidelines for entry are available here. Works that would previously have qualified for the competition will qualify for the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Artists may enter up to three works. Artists will need to provide a one page CV outlining their artistic career.
Works selected for exhibition will be available for sale through the South Australian Museum Foundation. A sales commission will apply.
Only works selected for exhibition require an artist’s statement. Artists who are selected for exhibition will be asked to provide statement on the relationship between the work and the natural sciences. The statement should be no more than 100 words.
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