Mosman Art Gallery

corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road (map)
Mosman NSW 2088
Open 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week
Closed between exhibitions and on public holidays
Christmas Opening Hours
general enquiries (+61 2) 9978 4178
venue hire (+61 2) 9978 4016
fax (+61 2) 9978 4135

About the Gallery

The Mosman Art Gallery is a dedicated public gallery established by Mosman Council.

It presents a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions, educational activities and special events, which make a significant contribution to the cultural life of Mosman and surrounding districts.

Derived from local, national and international sources, the exhibition program covers the visual arts, craft and design, including historical and contemporary themes and subjects. Exhibitions are accompanied by a program of gallery talks, seminars and formal lectures for general visitors, students and arts professionals.

What’s On at Mosman Art Gallery

  • The Balnaves Gift
    Ongoing exhibition

    A significant collection of Australian impressionist and early twentieth century artworks.

  • Meet the Winners Artists Talks: Saturday 27 July, 3.00pm
    Sat 27 July

    Join two of the winning artists for some personal insights into their art practice and works within the 2013 Mosman Art Prize.

  • Mosman Art Prize Highlights Tour
    Sun 18 August

    This exhibition tour is presented by the Mosman Art Gallery Guides and will feature a guest presenter, an artist from within the local arts community whose work is on exhibition in the Prize.

  • Creating Collaborative Projects
    Sun 15 September

    Renowned artists Anne Zahalka and Sylvia Schwenk discuss their collaborative project Dazzle.

  • Sites as contested cultural spaces
    Sun 27 October

    Join the artists Jason Wing and Abdullah M.I. Syed for a lively discussion about their artworks.

  • Physical traces and virtual sites
    Sun 10 November

    Artists Sophie Cape, Peter Nelson and Nicole Ellis incorporate elements from Middle Head and other coastal sites within their artworks.

  • Kate Rae: Free fall
    Sat 11 January – Sun 27 April

    Balmoral artist Kate Rae has been inspired by the enthusiasm and daredevil of people who leap off the Balmoral Baths boardwalk into the water below. Their flight into the air are captured beautifully in oils and acrylic as Kate explores the experience of the body in space.

    Sun 9 March

    Join the Gallery Guides for a highlights tour of the Artists of Mosman: 2088. Hear from highly respected Mosman artist, Jo Bertini whose landscape and portrait paintings reflect a close connection to the Australian outback, focusing on abstracted form and structure.

  • Art Attack!! Flora: Explore & Draw
    Thu 24 April

    Art Attack visits Mackie Lane Community Garden!

  • UNE AUSTRALIENNE: Hilda Rix Nicholas in Paris, Tangier and Sydney
    Sat 3 May – Sun 13 July

    Hilda Rix Nicholas was an Australian painter of great ambition who established her career in the early decades of the 20th century both internationally and in Australia.

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Art Prizes

Mosman Art Prize

The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia. The winning works form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary art, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century.

The primary purpose of the Mosman Art Prize is “to build a municipal art collection and to encourage an interest in the arts in the local community”. Works from the collection are regularly displayed in the Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, Mosman Council and Mosman Library.

The winner of the first Mosman Art Prize, judged by Lloyd Rees in 1947, was Margaret Olley. Subsequent Prize winners include many prominent artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Janet Dawson, Jenny Sages and Tim Johnson.

Mosman Youth Art Prize

This annual competition has been held since 1988 and is open to all young people aged 11-20 years. Cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded for a wide variety of art media such as painting, photography, drawing, pottery, printing, etching, textiles and computer art. The competition is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing a showcase for the community to view their works.

Education Programs

The Mosman Art Gallery exhibits 12 exhibitions a year and provides education programs for students K – 12. Programs are devised to compliment exhibitions which are relevant to the visual arts syllabus with opportunities for guest presenters and practical workshops in different media. Staff at the Gallery include two education specialists with art teaching experience.

The Gallery also offers a series of public programs throughout the year that would be of interest to Tertiary students. Specialist guided tours are also available.

Venue hire

Mosman Art Gallery is available for hire by individuals, community groups or business enterprises. It is a perfect venue for corporate functions, product launches, meetings, weddings, parties and receptions.

Enquiries – phone 9978 4016.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits

Expressions of interest are invited from companies, organisations and individuals who may wish to sponsor art exhibitions and associated projects and activities conducted by the Mosman Art Gallery. Exhibitions include the Mosman Youth Art Prize and the Mosman Art Prize, as well as a number of touring exhibitions from other regional centres and states.

In return for financial support for exhibitions, public programs and special events, the Mosman Art Gallery can provide a range of benefits and privileges to sponsors depending upon the amount of sponsorship involved.

For example:

  1. Joint naming credit for an exhibition or project, such as:
    Mosman Art Gallery in association with X Y Z Company Ltd, presents ………
  2. Acknowledgements on all Gallery signage related to the exhibition.
  3. Opportunity to display company promotional material in the Gallery.
  4. Invitations to speak at all official functions associated with the exhibition.
  5. Opportunity to hold a private or corporate function in the Gallery.
  6. Acknowledgements and logos on all printed exhibition material such as posters, invitations, catalogues, education sheets and press releases.
  7. Acknowledgements at all official functions associated with the exhibition.
  8. Invitations to company officials and selected guests to all events and functions associated with the exhibition or project.
  9. Private guided tours of sponsored exhibition for company officials and selected guests provided by Gallery staff and Volunteer Guides.
  10. Exhibition or project catalogues for company representatives or officials, where relevant.
Sponsorship Criteria

Expressions of interest in sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship proposals will be considered and assessed according to criteria associated with each exhibition or project, and in accordance with Council’s Sponsorship Policy and ICAC Sponsorship guidelines. Sponsorship criteria may include: sponsor’s reputation within their field of activity or industry and community at large, and relationship of sponsor’s activities or operations to the activities of the Mosman Art Gallery and nature of the relevant exhibition.


For further information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Gallery Director of the Mosman Art Gallery on 9978 4178 or write to the Gallery Director at PO Box 211, Spit Junction NSW 2088.


  • Mosman Art Society – Outdoor and indoor drawing and painting groups, exhibitions, talks/demonstrations by artists and others, excursions, and social and fundraising events.