Peter Laverty

Forgotten Landscape, Hill End, 1961

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past 71 years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.

The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.

Freda Surgenor

The Games we Play, 1988

Hadyn Wilson

The Departure of Mary Bryant, 1988

Margaret McGarva

Jura from Craigish Argyll, 1988

John McConnochie

Sacred Site II, 1986

John Caldwell

Central Tablelands, 1986

John McConnochie

Cicada Song, 1986

Jacki Fewtrell

Urban Necessity, 1985

Geoff Levitus

Out of Place, 1985

Michael Farrell

L. Alcool de Serpent Casse, 1985

Frederick Cress

Whisperings No. 18, 1985

Peter Hickey

Frazzled Emu, 1984

Susan Sheridan

Coastline, 1984

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