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 73 years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 800 entries annually and currently offers over $60,000 in prizes.
As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected 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 then the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei, Michael Zavros, Jumaadi and Natasha Walsh. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
The 2020 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney.
During her tenure at Artspace, Glass-Kantor has initiated co-commissioned projects by Australian artists with peer institutions in fourteen countries. She is the Curator for the Encounters sector at Art Basel, Hong Kong (2015—ongoing), which is the curated sector for the presentation of large-scale installations. Since 2000 she has curated or co-curated over one hundred exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals, facilitating international artists across generations to develop projects. In 2022 Glass-Kantor will curate artist Marco Fusinato for the Australian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.
Photo by Zan Wimberley
- Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) - $50,000
- Margaret Olley Commendation Award supported by Gillian and the late Brian Jones - $6,000
- 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
Receipt of Entries: Monday 10 August 2020, 8am-7pm
To enter the 2020 Mosman Art Prize please click here.
The 2020 Mosman Art Prize exhibition will take place Wednesday 26 August - Sunday 4 October.
See past winners:
Featured image - Winner of Mosman Art Prize 2016 Michael Zavros, Flora (Detail), 2016