Mosman Art Gallery congratulates 2013 Mosman Art Prize winners

Now in its 66th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.

Established in 1947, the winning art works form an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary paintings, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the past 66 years. Works from the collection are regularly displayed in the Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, Mosman Council and Mosman Library.

Previous winners of the Mosman Art Prize can be read like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian artists; over the years the Mosman Art Prize has been won by many emerging talents who then became some of Australia’s most distinguished artists. The first Mosman Art Prize held in 1947 was judged by the acclaimed artist Lloyd Rees, and won by a very young Margaret Olley. Subsequent prize winners include many important Australian artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Guy Warren, Margo Lewers, Nancy Borlase, Elisabeth Cummings, Jenny Sages, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei, and Noel McKenna. The 2012 Mosman Art Prize was won by David Fairbairn. Past adjudicators of the Prize have also included prominent figures in the Australian art world such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Edmund Capon and Margaret Olley.

The 2013 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by artist Lucy Culliton (winner 2000 Mosman Art Prize).

While Mosman Council sponsors the major prize of $30,000 (acquisitive), the Commendation Prize of $5,000 (non-acquisitive) is sponsored by Henry Bucks of Mosman, other sponsors include the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35 years) $2,000 and the Mosman Art Society Viewers’ Choice Award for $1,000. The Mosman Art Gallery is indebted to these sponsors for their generous support and commitment to the Mosman Art Prize.

In addition to the major prize of $30,000, Mosman Council sponsors the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize. An accomplished architect and artist, and Mosman Councillor for 24 years, Allan Gamble was the founder of the Mosman Art Prize in 1947. Valued at $3,000 (non-acquisitive), the prize is awarded to the best painting which explores the theme of ‘the built environment’.

Rachel Ellis, Winner 2013 Mosman Art Prize for Bathurst landscape – William Street, 2012

Artist Statement

The painting included in this year’s Mosman Art Prize was a response to a view of distant hills and mountains seen from the top of the city of Bathurst’s Main Street, William Street. I love this feature of Bathurst where the unspoilt landscape is very much visible from the city. Sadly, the town is in danger of losing this uniqueness if it continues to allow building in the footsteps of Sydney’s suburban patterns.

What drew me to this subject, was the problem of painting such a view, where the centrality of the road and the shape formed by trees on the median strip running through the middle of the composition pose a particular challenge. This painting was an attempt to find a way to suggest, rather than describe what I saw. The filtered light and the large shapes and masses of trees either side of the road, were also of interest.

Janelle Thomas, Winner of the Henry Bucks Commendation Prize for Hide and seek, 2013

Artist Statement

My paintings tend to be quirky and sometimes slightly surrealist, with a sense of humour and playfulness. I think my paintings turn out best when I’m amused by the humour in the subject while painting it. I enjoy seeing people’s responses to the works.

I often paint robots – usually tin replicas of 1950s and 1960s Japanese robots – set in a context of the human condition. I don’t seek a strictly realist representation, but to express a quality of being, within a particular setting. Interestingly, I find that people respond immediately to my robot paintings with more emotion than they might if the work was figurative. It appears that the humorous parody can penetrate our everyday masks.

In ‘Hide and Seek’ the flowers are more visually dominant than the robots who are playing hide and seek. The work was inspired by a free bunch of flowers and the book ‘You’re It!’ by the stand-up philosopher Alan Watts. Alan points out how the universe is a cosmic stage for the self to play an eternal game of hide and seek. In this world, drama and humour through theatre, painting and the other arts affords us an opportunity to lose ourselves.

Alan Jones, Winner of the Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize for Kirk Andrews upon Esk # 3, 2012

Artist Statement

My maternal family heritage can be traced back to the arrival of convict Robert Forrester in the First Fleet. During 2012 I undertook a six month residency at The Ropewalk in North Lincolnshire, England. A residency in England provided a unique opportunity to further investigate the life of Robert Forrester and his second (common law) wife Isabella Ramsay prior to their transportation. I reveled in the opportunity to visit, sketch and photograph buildings and locations seen to be relevant in his ancestors time in England. Robert Forrester is thought to have started his life in Carlisle in the North West of England. Records suggest he may have been christened in a rural area known as Kirk Andrews upon Esk.

In May 2012 my family and I spent an afternoon taking in the picturesque church on the Netherby Hall estate at Kirk Andrews upon Esk. This beautiful old church sits on the river bank of the River Esk. I was struck by how reminiscent the area was of the Sydney’s Hawkesbury River and the landscape around Windsor (where Robert ultimately settled with Isabella). Largely constructed with layers of canvas collaged and painted with thin acrylic washes, I found making Kirk Andrews upon Esk #3 quite an experimental process. Letting this body of work slowly evolve and define itself was as much a part of the journey as researching the family history.

Clara Adolphs, Winner of the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artist Award for New Tricks

Remnim Alexander Tayco, Winner of the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artist Award for Before and After, 2012

Artist Statement

‘Before and After’ is part of a series of landscape paintings that explore the mystical qualities of the natural and built environment, and reflect an intimate journey into an imagined and whimsical world. Whilst the series is not a realist rendering of specific places, the landscapes depicted are based on the very real connections I feel with the world. I focus on evoking the feeling and mood of a landscape, rather than the physical place itself.

To me, landscapes are inherently spiritual and a place of personal contemplation. For this reason, my intention is not to produce a pre-determined narrative, but to invite interpretation that is personal and subjective. Making ‘Before and After’ involved a process of distilling images into small sketches, followed by an intensive seventeenth century Dutch paint layering technique.

2013 Mosman Art Prize - Winners

Judges Report

Selected entries

Mosman Art Prize 2013: selected list

Collecting your works

Collection of non-selected works

  • Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 July, 10am–6pm
    Thursday 11 July, 10am–7pm
  • Works not collected by 26 July 2013 will be disposed of.

Collection of selected works

  • Monday 26, Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 August, 10am–5pm
    Thursday 29 August, 10am–7pm
  • Exhibitors must collect their works at their own cost.
  • Works not collected by 6 September 2013 will be disposed of.

Collection of works by courier

  • Artworks not exhibited must be collected by courier on 10 or 11 July, 10am–5pm
  • Exhibited artworks must be collected by courier on 28 or 29 August, 10am–5pm
  • Artists must organise the courier and advise Mosman Art Gallery of all details by phoning 02 9978 4178

2013 Mosman Art Prize – Terms & Conditions


Entry forms must be completed online. Please complete one entry form for each artwork. After completing the online form, you will receive an email. Print two copies of the email notification and bring this with the artwork and payment of $50 (incl GST) per artwork to the Mosman Art Gallery on receipting day, Monday 1 July 2013 between 8am and 7pm.

Selected entries will be listed on the Gallery website from Saturday 6 July.


The Mosman Art Prize is open to all permanent Australian residents aged 16 years and over with the exception of Mosman Council staff, Councillors, the Arts & Culture Community Consultative Committee and their immediate family.


The Mosman Art Prize is open to original paintings in any medium such as watercolour, acrylic and oil. To qualify for adjudication the work must be substantially painted and can incorporate to a lesser extent other mediums such as drawing (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.), printmaking and collage. Photography and sculpture are specifically excluded. All work entered is to be produced after 1 January, 2012 and must be the original work of the exhibitor.


For the Mosman Art Prize, Commendation Prize, Viewers’ Choice, and Young Emerging Artists’ Award, the subject of the work is entirely open to the artist. For the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize, the subject is ‘the built environment’.


  • Mosman Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council – $30,000
  • Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize sponsored by Mosman Council – $3,000
  • Commendation Prize sponsored by Henry Bucks of Mosman – $5,000
  • Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35) sponsored by Fourth Village Providore – $2,000
  • Viewers’ Choice Prize sponsored by Mosman Art Society – $1,000

All prizes will be awarded on the advice of the Judge, with the exception of the Viewers’ Choice Prize.


The Mosman Art Prize winning work shall remain the property of Mosman Council. The artist retains copyright. Mosman Council must be acknowledged on any reproduction of the prize-winning work.


The Judge will also select works of merit to be hung in the Mosman Art Prize exhibition, held at the Mosman Art Gallery, cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman. All works selected for hanging must remain on show for the duration of the exhibition. The Judge’s decision shall be final and no subsequent discussion will be entered into.


The 2013 Mosman Art Prize exhibition will be held in the Mosman Art Gallery, from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 25 August inclusive.

Admission is free. Open 7 Days: 10am–5pm.


All works exhibited in the Mosman Art Prize may be for sale unless marked Not For Sale (NFS). A commission of 33.3% will be deducted from the selling price of any work sold by the Gallery. Should GST apply to the sale of your artwork, please ensure it is included in the total selling price. Artists affiliated with a specific commercial gallery should contact their Gallery Director regarding ‘split commission’ arrangements. Split commission is 40% (20/20). The name of the Gallery must be included on the entry form if commission is to be split.


The entry fee is $50 (inc. GST) per art work (Non-Refundable). A maximum of 2 works per artist (one online entry form per artwork). Entry forms must be completed by the artist. All details supplied by the artist are final including name of artwork, artists’ name and price of artwork.


Works must be presented ready for exhibition: ie. mounted and framed (if necessary) with ‘D-ring’ hanging devices attached. The artist’s name, address and phone number, title of work, price or Not For Sale (NFS) must be clearly marked on the back of each work, and on the Entry Form. NO WET PAINTINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


The maximum size of works entered in the Prize is an area of 2m² (i.e. length × width is no more than 2m², including frame) e.g. 1.50m × 1.33m = 2.0m², 2.00m × 1.00m = 2.0m²


Receipt of entries is Monday 1 July 2013, from 8am until 7pm. Entries must be delivered at the expense of the artist to Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, Cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Rd, Mosman. If artworks are delivered by Courier – the name of the Courier company must be on the entry form.

ALL ENTRY FORMS MUST ACCOMPANY THE ARTWORK. DO NOT send the form or payment separately.


Successful entrants will be listed on this website from Saturday 6 July. Works not selected must be collected from the Mosman Art Gallery between Tuesday 9 July and Wednesday 10 July between the hours of 10am and 6pm and Thursday 11 July, between the hours of 10am and 7pm. Works not collected by 26 July 2013 will be disposed of.


Exhibitors must collect their works between Monday 26 August and Wednesday 28 August between 10am-5pm and Thursday 29 August between 10am–7pm at their own cost. Mosman Art Gallery will not be responsible for works not collected by this time. Works not collected by 6 September 2013 will be disposed of.


Artworks not selected for exhibition must be collected by courier on Wednesday 10 or Thursday 11 July, 10am-5pm. Exhibited artworks must be collected by courier on Wednesday 28 or Thursday 29 August, 10am-5pm. Artists must organise the courier and advise Mosman Art Gallery of all details – especially the name of the courier company and approximate time and date for collection.


Mosman Art Gallery will exercise all reasonable care with works submitted, but will not be responsible for the loss of or damage to any work while in its custody or in transit to and from the Gallery.


Mosman Art Gallery reserves the right to photograph works exhibited in the Mosman Art Prize for the purpose of documentation and promotion. As part of the conditions of acquisition of the winning work, the winning artist will grant license to Mosman Art Gallery to reproduce the image of the painting in electronic and printed forms (eg, for online inclusion as part of the Gallery’s collection) and for general publicity purposes. The artist will maintain copyright over all commercial reproductions of their winning painting. All necessary acknowledgements of authorship will be duly made.


The personal details requested on this form 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.


In the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation of conditions, the decision of Mosman Art Gallery shall be binding on all parties.

Enter the 2013 Mosman Art Prize

  1. Submit one form for each artwork
  2. Check your email inbox for confirmation of entry
  3. Bring artwork, two printed copies of email + $50 to Gallery on Mon 1 July 2013
Fill out my online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I print the entry form?

Once you have completed the online entry form, you will receive an email. Print the email, not this page!
If you are using webmail (like Hotmail or Gmail) use the webmail service’s printing icon (Hotmail) or print link (Gmail), rather than printing the web page.

This will help ensure the form prints neatly, which will allow for faster and more accurate processing of your entry.

If I am represented by a commercial gallery what is the commission?

You should discuss it with the director of your gallery and tell them that the commission is split 50/50 between Mosman Art Gallery and your gallery and it is based on a 40% commission i.e. 20% to Mosman Art Gallery and 20% to your gallery.

I can’t make it in on Monday 1 July, can I bring it in Friday 28, Saturday 29, Sunday 30 June or Tuesday 2 July?

No, every artwork must arrive on Monday 1 July with 2 printed copies of the email confirmation in order to be processed ready for judging. You can get a courier to deliver or a friend or family member. Our hours are 8am to 7pm on the Monday for delivery. Payment of $50 (incl. GST) must be made on the day.

I have an artwork that is created using oil pastel. Can I enter it?

No – the Mosman Art Prize is for paintings created using painting media, oils, acrylics or watercolours. Your work can be mixed media however the work must be substantially painted in order to qualify.

What is a D-ring and where do I buy one?

A D-ring is a triangular or D shaped ring with a screw that is then attached to each side of the picture or canvas frame ready for us to attach a hook and wire for hanging. You can buy them at the hardware store.

How big?

2 metres squared e.g. 1 metre x 2 metres or 1.50 metres x 1.33 metres.

Not 2 metres x 2 metres which is 4 metres squared and too big.

My work has multiple parts — can I enter?

Saturday 13 July - Sunday 25 August