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Watershed Creative Prize Stuns Again – 2023 Winners Announced

The City of Salisbury’s art competition, the Watershed Creative Prize, once again saw stunning artwork submissions in traditional and alternative mediums that embraced the theme of sustainability.

“I am always impressed by the talent that our Watershed Creative Prize draws. The artists this year did an incredible job in highlighting the importance of sustainability and showing the beauty of our biodiverse environment,” Mayor Aldridge said.

This annual event sees artists from all walks of life provided with the opportunity to present their creative submissions to the competition’s selected judges to compete for cash prizes and have their art displayed at the John Harvey Community Hall, Salisbury Community Hub.

First prize winners picked up a $2000 prize each with runners-up and youth artists being awarded $1000 and $500 prizes respectively. A special Mayor’s Choice award of $100 was also given.

The Winners:


First Prize: River of Life

Artist: Dawn Anderson

Dawn’s large and exquisitely detailed painting depicts a beautiful live-flowing stream over the rocks of a riverbed. It emphasizes water as the key to life on earth and urges us to treasure this precious resource.

Runner-up: Corellas in Nest

Artist: Carol Scholich

Youth: Cuttlefish

Artist: Lila Vassallo

Category: 3D ARTS

First Prize: “I’d like to be… the Octopus’

Artist: Rachel Scholich

After watching “My Octopus Teacher,” touched by the connection of the filmmaker to the marine creature, Rachel came upon a unique piece of driftwood whilst exploring Stokes Bay in Kangaroo Island. This spurred her stunningly realistic 3D rendition of an octopus out of sticks and shells.

Runner-up: Kurraka

Artist: Patricia Ingram

Youth: Kintsugi Girl

Artist: Sarina Fry

Mayor’s Choice: As the Sun Rises

Artist: Kathleen Knight

Editor’s Choice: Sea of Sustainability

Artist: Jeans Bates


  • Salted Line – Ashley Pope
  • Country Cows – Rachel Scholich
  • Don’t let the Nature Die – Jahangir Amin

The artworks will be on public display at the John Harvey Community Gallery (34 Church Street, Salisbury) until 21 June 2023.

Click Here to view some of the great submissions we received this year that are being showcased in the Watershed Creative Prize Exhibition.