Tom Carment

Back Steps, Saint Martins, 1988

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 71 years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 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 the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.

Uldis Abolins

City in Ruins, 1962

James Granger Phillips

Blue's Point, 1962

Nancy Borlase

Drift, 1961

Peter Laverty

Forgotten Landscape, Hill End, 1961

Charles (Strom) Gould

The Pub Counter, 1961

Martins Gauja

Prisoner, 1960

Margo Lewers

Composition In Blue, 1960

Weaver Hawkins

The Forwards, 1960

Leonas Urbonas

Mother, 1959

Louis Kahan

Rain, Boulevarde St. Denis, 1959

Margo Lewers

Abstraction, 1959

Weaver Hawkins

Learning Language, 1958

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