Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival - Regional Arts Festivals South Australia

Enter our Art, Design, Literary, Music & Colouring-in Competitions

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival holds a number of competitions, and is open to all artists, graphic designers, musicians and creative people and kids from around our region and Australia….with great prizes!

~ John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize 2023: $12,000 ~

The John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, open to all emerging and established artists throughout Australia, and inspired by the works of this early Penola poet.

2023 Winner: John Neylon – ‘Stony Town Stare Down’

Sponsored by The Balnaves Foundationwere

~ Limestone Coast Local Prize 2023: $1,000 ~

Open to all emerging and established artists who resided permanently in the Limestone Coast of South Australia and inspired by the works of John Shaw Neilson.

2023 Winner: Dagny Strand – ‘The Moon Was Seven Days Down’

Sponsored by Lois Hodge

~ Penola Coonawarra Design Prize 2023: $1,000 ~

The chosen design will be used for all 2024 promotional material including a full colour program, posters, flyers, the website, banners and more.

2023 Winner: Natania Hollingsworth

~ Catherine Martin Literary (& Art) Award ~

Catherine Martin was an Australian novelist and poet who published her work anonymously or under pseudonyms. 

More information on winner’s shortly.

~ Open Mic Competition ~

Roll up, roll up and impress us with your hidden talents.
You have 15 minutes of fame.

Everybody welcome to have a go.

Enter on the day or before. Contact Simon 0408 085 116

Sun 21 May – Starts at 3.30pm 

ROAK Beer Garden, 31 Church Street, Penola

Great prizes available. Meals available all day.

Live band from 6pm.

~ Kids colouring-in competition ~

Print the competition sheet HERE

and colour using your wildest imagination!

Take to the Penola Foodland, and have your artwork displayed on the main window.

Winners will be selected by age group:

  • Kindy & Foundation
  • Junior Primary
  • Upper Primary

to win a Foodland Penola voucher valued at $25 each.

Winners decided Thursday 18 May … so get your entry in by 6pm Wed 17 May