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26th July 2023

Art Prize finalists announced

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Twenty-eight South Australian artists have been selected as finalists for The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Creative Health Art Prize.

Sharing a collective prize pool of $52,000, the winners of the prestigious competition will be announced on 31 August.

THRF Group – Creative Health Art Prize shines a light on the relationship between the arts and health in South Australia.

All finalists’ artworks will be displayed in THRF Group – Creative Health Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, which will run from 29 August until 22 September at Light Square Gallery (TAFE SA, Adelaide College of the Arts).

Art lovers will have the opportunity to purchase the displayed artworks – with a portion of sale prices going towards continued support of Creative Health programs in South Australian health care settings.

South Australian artists were invited to respond to the theme of Healing as it relates to health and wellbeing.

After receiving more than 200 entries from artists at various stages in their career, 27 artworks (from 28 artists) across a range of mediums have been chosen by a Preselection Panel of their peers. The Preselection Panel was made up of artist, Tricia Ross; artist, Thomas Readett; and TAFE SA Principal Lecturer and Flinders University Senior Lecturer, Gregory Ackland.

On behalf of the Preselection Panel, artist Tricia Ross congratulated all entrants in this year’s Art Prize.

“It was an honour to review this year’s THRF Group – Creative Health Art Prize artistic responses to the theme of healing,” Tricia said.

“Those artists selected as finalists have woven creativity, thoughtful consideration, and excellence into their works.”

Overall, the Creative Health Art Prize will offer prizes totalling $52,000 in four categories:

  • Main Prize: $40,000
  • Emerging Artist Prize: $5,000
  • Veteran and Emergency First Responder Prize: $5,000
  • Commendation: $1,000
  • People’s Choice Prize $1,000

The winners of the Main, Emerging and Veteran and Emergency First Responder categories will be judged by Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia, Lisa Slade; CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art, Penny Griggs; and artist, Richard Maurovic.

THRF Group – Creative Health is a leader in the provision of best-practice art therapy, music therapy, diversional therapy, creative art practice, exhibition programs and other initiatives to improve health and wellbeing for patients, families, and staff in South Australia.

The finalists are:


  • Solomon Kammer
  • Katie Keast
  • Emmaline Zanelli and Daria Koljanin
  • Margaret Richards
  • Nicholas Hanisch
  • Seirian Kitchener
  • Margaret Ambridge
  • Nicole Clift
  • Bridget Currie
  • Deborah Prior
  • Steph Fuller
  • Monika Morgenstern
  • Carly Snoswell
  • Ray Harris


  • Mirjana Dobson and Susie Jane Althorp
  • Carolyn Corletto
  • Adele Clyne
  • Brenton Drechsler
  • Jack Lowe
  • Lana Adams
  • Jade Harland
  • Jingwei Bu
  • Hamish Fleming
  • Makinti Minutjukur


  • Karel Locher
  • Wayne Whitfield

THRF Group – Creative Health gratefully acknowledges support from:

  • Gold Sponsor – Hill Smith Art Advisory
  • Silver Sponsor – Skip and Lilly Lipman
  • Silver Sponsor – ECH
  • Donor – The Lang Foundation
  • Donor – Roger and Helen Salkeld
  • Emerging Artist Sponsor – Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM
  • Veteran and Emergency First Responder – Dr Helen McLean AM
  • People Choice Sponsor – Stem Bar & Restaurant

For more information about THRF Group – Creative Health Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, contact Christina Peek on [email protected] or email [email protected]

*Image credit: Lisa Vertudaches, visiting hours, 2021, clay and paper sculpture, 25cm x 32cm x 17cm. Photo by Sam Roberts.