The Mosman Youth Art Prize is an annual exhibition organised by Mosman Council which features the diverse talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists aged between 12 and 20 years. It was initiated in 1988 by the internationally renowned artist and local resident Ken Done AM.

The 2011 Mosman Youth Art Prize really hits the mark – it is a fabulous kaleidoscope of the dreams and talents of Australia’s most promising young and emerging artists. I love the range of art the exhibition attracts – the incredible variety of paintings, drawings and prints on display are complemented with fabulous photographic works, playful sculptures and extraordinary video works.
—Mosman Art Gallery Director, John Cheeseman

Awarded works

Works selected for exhibition

The exhibition would not be possible without the ongoing generosity of our sponsors

Mosman Council and Mosman Art Gallery acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support: Art Smart, Australian Watercolour Institute, Spit Junction Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank, The Julian Ashton Art School, Mosman Art Society, Northshore School of Art, Rotary Club of Mosman, Friends of Mosman Art Gallery and Jocelyn Maughan Art Foundation (Prize for Observational Drawing).

This year we welcome new sponsor The National Art School who will be offering a place in either the National Art School Art Lab Program or Short Course.

How to enter

Please read the Conditions of Entry then complete the online form below – once for each entry. (There is a maximum of 2 artwork entries per artist.)

Your entry form will be emailed to you upon completion. Bring two printed copies of the entry form with your artwork to the Mosman Art Gallery on receipting day, 27 April 2011 between 8:30am and 6pm.

No entries will be accepted without a completed, printed form.

You will pay the entry fee of $5.50 (incl. GST) per entry on the day.

Entry form

Entry has now closed. Works selected for competition will be listed on this web page on Monday 2 May after 5:00pm.

Conditions of Entry

Maximum of two entries per artist. Entry form must be completed online and two printed copies to be submitted with the artwork on the day of receipting.

1. Eligibility

The competition is open to all young artists from 12 to 20 years of age (excluding primary school children).

There are two sections:

  • 12 to 15 years
  • 16 to 20 years

HSC major works are eligible. Any Mosman Councillor, Mosman Council staff and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

2. Media Categories

All works submitted must be allocated a media category on the entry form:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Video/Film

3. Size/Weight

The maximum size/weight of an artwork is:

  • 2 sq metres for two-dimensional works (inc. frame).
    • e.g. 1.50m × 1.33m = 2sq metres
    • e.g. 2.00m × 1.00m = 2sq metres
  • 40kg maximum weight, any medium.

4. Presentation Of Work

The following methods are acceptable:

  • Professionally framed, including mount board under glass,
  • Works on canvas may be mounted on stretcher frame,
  • Works on paper (e.g. drawing or prints) without frames must be mounted on foam-core (an art cardboard available from art supply shops).
  • Films / Video must be 10 minutes maximum on DVD only

No unprotected glass edges or wet paintings will be accepted. Works may be rejected due to poor presentation. All entries should be clearly labelled on the back with title, price (if for sale), category entered, name of artist, address and telephone number.

5. Entry Fee

An entry fee of $5.50 (inc. GST) is payable for each art work entered. Artists may submit a maximum of 2 artworks. A separate entry form is required for each entry. If artwork is not selected for exhibition, the entry fee is NOT refundable.

6. Judging

The adjudicator will be Leanne Carr, Co-ordinator of Years 7 – 12 Education Programs, Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no subsequent discussion will be entered into.

7. Prizes

Over $10,000 of cash prizes, scholarships and art materials will be awarded.

8. Sale of Works

All works shall be for sale unless marked Not for Sale.

A commission of 33.3% will be deducted by Mosman Council from the selling price of each work sold.

9. Receipt Of Entries

Entries will be received at Mosman Art Gallery, corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman on Wednesday 27 April 2011 between 8.30am and 6.00pm.

Please do not attach entry form to artwork but present two copies separately on receipting day.

10. Non-selected Works

A list of selected entries will appear here on the Gallery website. Unsuccessful entries must be collected from Mosman Art Gallery between 2 – 5 May 2011, 10am – 5pm. Works not collected at this time can only be collected by making an appointment with the Gallery administrator on (02) 9978 4178. Works not collected by 27 May 2011 may be disposed of.

11. Award Presentations

The Award Presentations function will be held at the Mosman Art Gallery on Friday 6 May at 6.30pm. Entry will be $8 per person, $6 concession, $20 per family. Free entry to exhibited artists.

Entrants short-listed to win a prize will be notified and are required to attend the Awards Presentation.

12. Exhibition of Artworks

The exhibition will be held at Mosman Art Gallery, corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman.

All works must remain in the exhibition until it finishes on 29 May 2011. The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 7 May to Sunday 29 May during the following times: 7 days, 10am to 5pm.

13. Collection of Exhibited Entries

Entries must be collected between 3.00pm and 5.00pm Sunday 29 May or between 10.00am and 6.00pm Tuesday 31 May 2011 at Mosman Art Gallery. Works not collected at this time can only be collected by making an appointment with the Gallery administrator on (02) 9978 4178. Works not collected by 24 June may be disposed of.

14. Care and Responsibility

The Mosman Art Gallery will exercise all reasonable care with the works submitted for this exhibition. However, it does not insure them against damage or theft, this is the responsibility of the artist.

15. Mosman Council Privacy Management Plan

The personal details requested on this form are being collected, and will only be used for the purpose of processing your application, keeping records, and establishing your identity in accordance with Mosman Council’s Privacy Management Plan (August 2000). Access to the information is restricted to Council Officers and other authorised people.

16. Interpretation of The Rules

In the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation of the rules and conditions, the decision of the Council shall be binding on all parties.

Saturday 7 May - Sunday 29 May