Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival - Regional Arts Festivals South Australia

Enter our Art, Design, Literary & Music 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 2024: $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 Foundation

~ Limestone Coast Local Prize 2024: $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 2024: $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 19 May – Starts at 3.30pm 

ROAK Beer Garden, 31 Church Street, Penola

Great prizes available. Meals available all day.

Live band from 6pm.