Since its establishment by artist David Dridan, vigneron Greg Trott and businessman Tony Parkinson with the support of major wineries in 1998, the Fleurieu Art Prize has been awarded eight times. The Fleurieu Art Prize was ambitious from the outset, with a commitment to provide a Prize for landscape, supported by associated prizes. It is held in South Australia and takes its name from the Fleurieu Peninsula, the area that surrounds the venues where the original exhibitions were held.
In 2016, the richest landscape art prize in the world – Fleurieu Art Prize – will relocate from its home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, to the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide, where it will be presented to city audiences for the first time. Now valued at $65,000, the prize has garnered an international reputation. Former winners include Fiona Lowry (2013), Ken Whisson (2006), Elisabeth Cummings (2000) and Robert Hannford (1998).
Again in 2016 the Fleurieu Art Prize for landscape is accompanied by a Festival Community Program celebrating the art, food and wine of the Fleurieu Peninsula region. The highlight of this program is the $10,000 Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize – a non-acquisitive prize for paintings with a food and wine theme. The Food + Wine Art Prize will be anchored in McLaren Vale and will continue the Fleurieu Art Prize’s close association with the Fleurieu Peninsula.