Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival - Regional Arts Festivals South Australia

Enter our Art, Design, Literary & Music Prizes

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival holds a number of competitions, and is open to all artists, graphic designers, musicians and creative people from around Australia.

John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize 2022: $12,000

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

Sponsored by The Balnaves Foundation

Limestone Coast Local Prize 2022: $1,000

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

Sponsored by Lois Hodge

Penola Coonawarra Design Prize 2022: $1,000

The chosen design will be used for all 2023 promotional material including a full colour program, posters, flyers, the website, banners and more.

Sponsored by Hansen Print

Catherine Martin Literary Award

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

Buskers & Open Mic Competiton

Keen to share your musical talents in a street setting? Looking to strum, beat, sing, whistle or shake the spoons? Throw your hat in the ring and sign up as a Penola Busker!

Stage more your thing? Join the Open Mic Competition at the Royal Oak Hotel for your chance for glory – cash prizes and your name on the Perpetual Trophy.

Sponsored by Grey-Smith Wines & Royal Oak Hotel