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.
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.
ATTACK: Japanese midget submarines in Sydney Harbour is a collection of paintings by Ken Done.
On the night of 31 May 1942, three Japanese midget submarines entered the waters of Sydney Harbour – the surprise attack resulted in chaos and panic in the nation’s largest and oldest city and left an indelible mark on Australian identity and the course of our history. 2012 is the 70th Anniversary of these events, and to mark this important anniversary, Mosman Art Gallery commissioned artist Ken Done to interpret and respond to this remarkable story.