Exhibition Opening Saturday 4 November 2.30pm Exhibition Dates Saturday 4 November - Sunday 10 December

Hahndorf Academy Adelaide Hills Arts Prize 2017 Finalists Exhibition

Ben Goode, Marek Herbut, Sheila Whittam, Deborah Cantrill, Alan Ramachandran, Jean Kenny, Eugene Casey, Alice Blanch, Anna Durovka, Alison Mitchell, Tim Thomson, Laura Wills, Philip David, Donna Chess, Adrian Headland, Imogen Porteous, Sonya Moyle, Margaret Lillywhite, Bridgitte Williams, Nina Frigault, Susie Riley, Donovan Christie, Ursula Kiessling, Sally Gibson-Dore, Andrea Wyatt

The Hahndorf Academy is proud to present a new arts prize for 2017 to celebrate our region. We invited artists to engage with and to interpret their experience of the Adelaide Hills and the diversity of the landscape, the natural, rural or urban and the ever-changing seasons.

The Adelaide Hills Arts Prize 2017 encourages artists to express their connection with the Hills in ways that highlight and capture their awareness of the dynamic and diverse environment and landscape with works in any medium.

The successful winner of the $2,000 Arts Prize and Highly Commended Prize will be announced at the opening on Saturday 4 November 2.30pm. Judges Naomi Fallon and Hugo Mitchell will be selecting the winners of the prizes prior to November 4


The Hahndorf Academy Adelaide Hills Landscape Arts Prize 2017



This prize will be awarded to the work judged best of the exhibition. This is a non-acquisitive prize with $2000 prize money.


Highly Commended 


$500 Gift Prize from The Paint Box studio art supplies


Winner of the Hahndorf academy Adelaide Hills Arts Prize             Laura Wills.

Laura Wills ' Fall'

Laura Wills' Fall'

Overlaid into a map of Adelaide and Mount Lofty Rangers, this is an interpretation of Morialta Falls. Morialta Conservation Park is a    protected area 10 km north-east of Adelaide city centre. It is part of the River Torrens catchment and set in a rugged bush environment, with narrow gorges and three waterfalls, bounded by steep ridges and cliffs.

The Adelaide Hills are a special place for me. I grew up in there, in Piccadilly and in Crafers West and my mum now lives in Stirling. I went to school there too, so many adventures were had. I now live at the bottom of the hills in Tusmore, and regularly hike and mountain bike in them.  Morialta First Falls is a favourite walk for our family, I created this work when I was researching Adelaide creeks and waterways. I am interested in the relationship indigenous peoples had with them, the colonial settlers and present day relationships. Who owns the creeks and whose responsibility is it to look after them. 

Laura Wills

 Laura Wills is  represented by Hill Smith Gallery






Judges for Hahndorf Academy Arts Prize are Naomi Fallon and Hugo Michell

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Naomi Fallon is the Director of the Walkway Gallery, Arts & Cultural Development Facilitator with the Tatiara District Council and Country Arts SA.

 Naomi has been based in Bordertown since 2010 where she is largely responsible for facilitating and developing projects and initiatives which promote the arts and culture in the area. In late 2011 she took over the management of the Walkway Gallery with a particular focus on community engagement, exhibition programming, collection and acquisition management. After steadily building support for the gallery she instigated a shift in programming by approaching the Art Gallery of South Australia to borrow contemporary works from their collection. The resulting show featured the work of Ben Quilty and saw a significant increase in visitors to the Walkway Gallery and encouraged a greater understanding and curiosity of contemporary art in the local community.

Naomi continues to collaborate with the Art Gallery of South Australia and will present the work of significant Australian contemporary artists Del Kathryn Barton (2017), Nell (2018) and Robyn Stacey (2018) alongside an exhibition and public program of local and interstate artists and curators.

 Naomi is currently the Chair of the Regional Galleries Association of South Australia.


Hugo Michell established Hugo Michell Gallery in Beulah Park, South Australia

in 2008 and has grown the gallery to be highly respected within the Australian

art scene. He is committed to presenting exciting and innovative work at the

forefront of contemporary art across a range of mediums. The gallery is devoted

to presenting the work of both established and emerging local and national

artists. Hugo Michell Gallery has a client base which includes numerous public

institutions and private collectors locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to

this, Hugo was based in Melbourne and worked for Tolarno Gallery and has

been highly involved in the contemporary arts scene for more than 10 years.

Over the past few years Hugo Michell Gallery has collaborated with some of

Australia’s top galleries such as Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Tolarno

Gallery, Melbourne. Hugo has also been heavily involved in the Contemporary Collectors

Association at the Art Gallery of South Australia since its inception and is

dedicated to encouraging a greater understanding of contemporary art and to

develop the permanent collection for the Art Gallery of South Australia. He

currently sits on the Helpmann Academy, Visual & Performing Arts Foundation

Board and assists with judging and advisory panels for numerous local