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Salisbury leads sustainable water practices with the Watershed Art Prize winners

The City of Salisbury, in partnership with ICE WaRM, has announced the winners of the 2019 Watershed Art Prize at an official exhibition opening tonight (May 3).

The City of Salisbury, in partnership with ICE WaRM, provides $5000 in prize money for the Watershed Art Prize winners which raises awareness of water as a precious resource and encourages South Australian artists to explore water conservation and the role it plays in creating a more liveable environment. The winners have been announced at an official exhibition opening on May 3.


2019 Winners

  1. First Prize: Wonders of the Coorong by Lyn Lovegrove Niemz
  2. Second Prize: Going Coastal by Melissa Page
  3. Third Prize: Banrock Reflections by Christopher Meadows

Mayor's Awards

  • Dress to Impress by Lorraine Brown
  • Dawn Lake by Jean Bates (artwork 54)

Mawson Lakes Living Editor’s Choice Award: Bird’s Flight by Svetlana Kendzhaeva

Young Emerging Artist Award: Save the Bees by Mallory Leckey

Highly Commended Awards

  • Out on a Limb by Peter Stewart
  • Sacred Ibis by Roland Weight 

About the Watershed Art Prize

The Watershed Art Prize has been running for 11 years and attracts established and emerging artists from across South Australia.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge, OAM, said ICE WaRM is recognised globally for leadership and innovation in collaborative approaches to capacity development for water management and sustainable economic development and Salisbury is proud to partner with them in community leadership on this issue. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to see the breadth of talent showcased not only in the awards, but the whole of the exhibition and genuinely look forward to Watershed Art Prize each and every year as it highlights the wonderful work we do in sustainability.”

The judges’ noted in their comments that they were “greatly impressed with the dynamic nature of the winning piece, with its sensitive use of realism to depict the birds, it’s flowing sense of movement and in turn a sophisticated suggestion of water, and it’s varied earthen colour palette, all elements which keep the eye captivated within the image.”

The Art Prize is supported by Salisbury Water and major sponsor ICE WaRM (the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management) which is an Australian Government initiative providing mentoring, education and training in water management in Australia and internationally. The Centre provides a national focus and an international gateway to Australian expertise in water resources management education, training and research.

The City of Salisbury is continually striving to promote sustainable energy saving practices and is actively implementing Australia’s first fully integrated water management plan to efficiently harvest and manage systems for rainwater, stormwater, ground water, recycled waste water and potable water.

This year, Council received 120 entries which showcased the amount of incredible talent within the region. The artworks will form part of an exhibition at the John Harvey Gallery, 12 James Street, Salisbury from 3 May to 7 June and can be viewed between 9am-5pm.

Enquiries to:

Nadine Bishop, Team Leader, Marketing and Communications, City of Salisbury: nbishop@salisbury.sa.gov.au 08 8406 8478