The Mosman Art Collection is a long-held point of pride within the Mosman community. Mosman’s unique location surrounded by stunning harbour foreshores and beautiful bushland has inspired generations of artists since the late 19th century. Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were among a large number of artists who painted in the area from the artists' camps at Mosman Bay, Little Sirius Cove and Balmoral. They established an artistic tradition in Mosman which has been upheld by scores of artists, writers, and poets ever since.
The Mosman Art Collection is an historically important and unique collection of paintings and works on paper which have been collected since Mosman Municipal Council’s commencement in 1897. The collection’s primary focus is Australian painting, and the core of the collection has been formed through the annual, acquisitive Mosman Art Prize, first established in 1947 by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman, Allan Gamble.
Over time the Mosman Art Prize has developed 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 $40,000 in prizes. The resulting collection of modern and contemporary paintings reflects developments in Australian art practices since 1947.
The Mosman Art Collection also includes many significant works by Australian artists which have been acquired through several generous donations. In 1945 Alderman Keith Cowlishaw made a donation of 15 works from his personal collection of Australian Colonial and early twentieth century paintings including artworks by Conrad Martens, William Henry Raworth, William Whitney, Wiliam Lister Lister, James Howe Carse, and Valentine Delaware among others.
In 2011 the Australian Philanthropist Neil Balnaves made a major donation of Australian impressionist and modernist artworks to the Mosman Art Gallery. This significant collection of historical paintings The Balnaves Gift, focuses on Mosman's strong artistic heritage including works by iconic Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton, Conrad Martens, Henry Fullwood, Elioth Gruner, Sydney Long, Margaret Preston, Ethel Carrick Fox and many more.
Here is a preview of The Balnaves Gift for you to enjoy. More Mosman Art Collection images coming soon.