Waterhouse natural science art prize 2016

A survey into the cretaceous

10 June 2016–31 July 2016

10am - 5pm daily (Last entry is 4.30pm)
South Australian Museum


$12 for adults
$9 for concession
Accompanied children under 16 free
Unlimited free VIP entry for Museum Members*

The Waterhouse exhibition contains finalists' pieces from Australia’s premier natural science art prize and commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The prize invites established and emerging artists to present their perspectives on the scientific issues facing our planet, and the exhibition ignites thought and debate among viewers. This year, the Waterhouse includes greater opportunities for artists working in a variety of media to explore and comment on natural science and the world around them.  

The exhibition comprises finalist entries as selected by internationally recognised judges and is a compelling display of science seen through the eyes of compelling artists.


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Winners of the 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize announced

Open category

Julia deVille has been announced winner of the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize with her piece, Neapolitan Bonbonaparte. The Open category award is supported by Fisher Jeffries, Barristers & Solicitors.

The work is a comment on industrialised animal agriculture, one of the biggest causes of environmental devastation. Julia says that "most people purchase free-range eggs, however there are products containing factory-farmed eggs including ice-cream (the inspiration for this work), that are not required to be labeled."


Emerging Artist

Canberra artist Dan Power has been named winner of the Emerging artist category in the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, with his piece G[RAZED]. The Emerging artist award is supported by Hill Smith Gallery.

Australia’s native flora and fauna are the result of hundreds of millions of years of evolution in isolation, and are found nowhere else in the world. Dan says "overgrazing and agricultural land clearing erode habitat complexity and with it, species diversity. What’s left behind is a scarred, desertified and eroded husk of once thriving woodlands and sclerophyll forests. G[RAZED] features the night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), yellow-tufted honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops), Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) and a number of native orchids. Endangered native species clinging to existence at the hands of outdated land use and agricultural practices."


The public votes

Visitors to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition at the South Australian Museum have had the opportunity to vote on their favourite artwork in the People's Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize and visitors who are members of a professional scientific society have been able to vote on the Scientists' Choice Award.

On Thursday 21 July it was announced the Ulan Murray has been named winner of both of these prizes for his sculptural work Abor Sole. Ulan says that his work “reflects the environmental system that relies on a delicate balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen. It evokes a sense of power coupled with fragility. By illustrating the foliage with the roots I hope to illuminate the architectural structure of the tree in its entirety. The foliage describes the condition of the atmospheric environment whereas the roots reveal the narrative of the subterranean environment. My work becomes a meditation on the environment: from the monumentality of landscape to the minutiae.”


Private Donations in support of the Prize

The People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize is generously provided by her life’s companion.



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