Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Art and science collide as artists investigate the natural world around them.

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

26 March 2021 to 6 June 2021

9:30 am to 4:30 pm


National Archives of Australia
National Office
Kings Avenue, Parkes ACT 2600



The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. This biennial prize provides an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate.

The 2020 prize winners and highly commended entrants are on show at the National Archives of Australia from 26 March to 6 June 2021. The National Archives is the exclusive venue for the Prize outside South Australia.

The open winner, Grayson Cooke and Emma Walker’s video Open Air combines satellite imagery, videography and painting to produce a complex picture of a changing planet, set to The Necks’ 2013 album Open.

The emerging winner, Rebecca McEwan’s installation 4000 stories, takes the shape of a chandelier made from glass vessels filled with honey, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicately balanced ecosystem.

A travelling exhibition developed by the South Australian Museum.