Merit award won by Michael Smerd

A merit award being $4,000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems solar products or $100 cash, to Michael Smerd for How good are Australian Summers? fired clay

How good are Australian Summers? fired clay by Michael Smerd

Covid-19 alterations to the 11th Solar Art Prize

– since it was judged on photographs, and finalists’ work was not hung in the RSASA gallery, all non-winners have free entry to next year’s competition

– Metrocards were not awarded, and an additional $4,300 Section prize was awarded instead.

Solar Art Prize goes online!

The 11th SOLAR ART PRIZE will still be going ahead but due to Convid-19 there will be some changes.

Entries, due by April 6th, should be sent to PO Box 721 North Adelaide 5006 with an A4 photo, entry form and fee but in addition a jpeg (1-5MB) image of the work needs to be sent to

The RSASA gallery will not be open, so the work will be selected and judged from the photos and shown on line.

PRIZES WILL BE ALLOCATED THIS YEAR. Work which does not win prizes can be resubmitted next year (at a discount).

Feel free to email Pip Fletcher at if you have further queries.

Copyright James Brouwer, Pip Fletcher, Alifiya Haidermota

11th Solar Art Prize announced – and there are changes!

Yes, it is still our beloved Solar Art Prize where South Australian artists win thousands of dollars of solar products for themselves, their family or their friends.

As usual, three respected judges will judge the art from photographs to decide which artworks will be hung in the gallery. And as usual, they will meet again to decide prize winners when these artworks are delivered.

A change has been made to the sections: landscapes and seascapes are now in with wild or endangered fauna or flora. A new section has been created: Caricatures!

And a new prize has been added: all winners will receive $200 Metrocards to help them take climate-change-reducing travel.

Tell your social circle about this major art prize to show what people in South Australia are doing to promote climate change awareness.

Free painting demonstration by Penny MacLaren

Artists of the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts are doing the Solar Art Prize exhibition proud!

The third artist demonstration will be by Penny MacLaren, a fellow of RSASA who is a wildlife and portrait artist.

She will give a free painting demonstration.

2pm-4pmSunday 9 June

Royal South Australian Society of the Arts gallery

1st floor (take the stairs further away from North Terrace or take the lift)

Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue

Free art demonstrations

Free watercolour demonstration by award-winning artist Alan Ramachandran at the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts during the Solar Art Prize exhibition, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Sunday 26 May 2019, 1st floor of the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

Demonstrations by other artists on Sunday 2 June and Sunday 9 June.