Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Entrants in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize are advised they will receive an update on the status of their entry by mid-April 2022.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. This biennial prize provides 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.

About the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition

Art and science collide as artists investigate the natural 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 internationally celebrated artists.

2020 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize - Open winner

Congratulations to Grayson Cooke and Emma Walker with their video, Open Air.

This visual music project set to the 2013 album “Open” by Australian cult band The Necks combines time-lapse Landsat satellite imagery of Australia from Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia project and videography by Grayson Cooke together with aerial macro-photography of paintings by Emma Walker. The resulting work encapsulates the vastly different forms of aerial earth imaging to produce a complex picture of a changing planet.

2020 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize - Emerging and People's Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize winner

Congratulations to Rebecca McEwan with her piece, 4000 Stories.

Rebecca McEwan’s artwork explores the ancient wisdom of human connection with bees by exploring the visceral experience of the human/bee relationship. The chandelier represents a recognised symbol of wealth and luxury, Rebecca has gathered honey from beekeepers to fill tiny glass vessel drops on the chandelier. Each vessel containing the life-time’s work of 2-3 bees, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem

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