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Entries are now invited for the 2021 Mosman Art Prize

Posted on Thursday 8 July 2021

Entries are now open for the 2021 Mosman Art Prize. The annual exhibition will take place 15 September – 31 October at Mosman Art Gallery, NSW.

The Mosman Art Prize is the longest running and most prestigious municipal art prize in Australia. Winning entries form the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and historic collection that surveys Australian painting since 1947.

The Mosman Art Prize is an acquisitive award of $50,000 sponsored by Mosman Council. Previous winners form a roll call of Australian art luminaries; Grace Cossington Smith, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Guy Warren, Elwyn Lynn, Margo Lewers, Peter Laverty, Jenny Sages, Noel McKenna, Fan Dongwang, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Adam Cullen, Jasper Knight, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros. Margaret Olley was the inaugural winner in 1947. Sydney-based artist Salote Tawale was awarded the Mosman Art Prize in 2020.

The 2021 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Past adjudicators include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages, Edmund Capon, Margaret Olley and John McDonald.

Each year over 500 entries are received in one day at the Mosman Art Gallery. The artworks are then selected for a finalist exhibition that extends across the entire top two levels of the Gallery for over six weeks.

The Mosman Art Prize offers four further art awards in addition to the acquisitive major prize.

Other Awards

Thanks to the generous support of Gillian and the late Brian Jones, $6,000 is available through the Margaret Olley Commendation Award. The Allan Gamble Award, in honour of architect, artist, former Mosman Councillor and founder of the Mosman Art Prize, Allan Gamble, will be awarded to the best painting which explores the theme of ‘the built environment'. This award is valued at $3,000 and is supported by Christine and the late Hugh Fraser. Awarded to an artist under the age of 35 years, the Guy Warren Emerging Artists’ Award (valued at $2,000) is supported by Fourth Village Providore, and the Viewers’ Choice Award is supported by the Mosman Art Society and is valued at $1,000.

Important Dates

Monday 30 August, Receiving Day for artworks (8.00am – 7.00pm)

Friday 3 September, Finalists (selected for exhibition) announced

Wednesday 15 September, Exhibition opens to the public (daily, 10.00am - 4.00pm)

Wednesday 15 September, Prize announcements


Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way Mosman NSW 2088

15 September – 31 October 2021

Last updated Thursday 8 July 2021