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.

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 Mosman Art Prize is open to original paintings in any painting medium such as watercolour, acrylic and oil. To qualify for adjudication the work must be substantially painted and can incorporate to a lesser extent other mediums such as drawing (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.), printmaking and collage. Photography and sculpture are specifically excluded. All work entered is to be produced after 1 July 2017 and must be the original work of the exhibitor.

The maximum size of works entered in the Prize is an area of 2m² (i.e. length × width is no more than 2m², including frame) e.g.1.50m × 1.33m = 2.0m², 2.00m × 1.00m = 2.0m².


  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) - $50,000
  • Margaret Olley Commendation Award supported by Gillian and the late Brian Jones - $5,000
  • Allan Gamble Award supported by Christine and the late Hugh Fraser - $3,000
  • Guy Warren Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35) supported by Fourth Village Providore - $2,000
  • Viewers’ Choice Award supported by Mosman Art Society - $1,000

The 2018 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by artist and former Mosman Art Prize winner Cressida Campbell.

Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney. She graduated from East Sydney Technical College (now known as the National Art School) in 1979 and Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo in 1985. She has had 25 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and London and has contributed to numerous group exhibitions. In 2017 Cressida participated in a two-person exhibition at Contemporary Fine Arts (CFA) in Berlin and in the last two years exhibited at Art Basel Hong Kong for CFA and Simon Lee Gallery, London. A Mosman Art Prize winner in 1989, her work has been acquired by major museum collections in Australia and internationally, and she has been awarded several important art awards.

RECEIPT OF ENTRIES - Monday 10 September 8am - 7pm

To enter the Mosman Art Prize 2018 please CLICK HERE

To find out more about the history of Mosman Art Prize CLICK HERE




Wednesday 26 September - Sunday 18 November