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.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Michael Zavros and Natasha Walsh.

Prizes:

  • Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) - $50,000
  • Margaret Olley Commendation Award supported by Gillian and the late Brian Jones - $6,000
  • Allan Gamble Award supported by Christine and the late Hugh Fraser - $3,000
  • Guy Warren Emerging Artists' Award (under 35) supported by Fourth Village Providore - $2,000
  • Viewers’ Choice Award supported by Mosman Art Society - $1,000

The 2020 Mosman Art Prize was judged by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney.

During her tenure at Artspace, Glass-Kantor has initiated co-commissioned projects by Australian artists with peer institutions in fourteen countries. She is the Curator for the Encounters sector at Art Basel, Hong Kong (2015—ongoing), which is the curated sector for the presentation of large-scale installations. Since 2000 she has curated or co-curated over one hundred exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals, facilitating international artists across generations to develop projects. In 2022 Glass-Kantor will curate artist Marco Fusinato for the Australian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.


Photo by Zan Wimberly

 

2020 Mosman Art Prize Finalists
Congratulations to the finalists for the 2020 Mosman Art Prize. With over 580 entries received this year, the judge Alexie-Glass Kantor had the very difficult task of selecting 79 artworks as finalists for the exhibition.

 

Congratulations to the 2020 Mosman Art Prize winning artists.

WINNER, 2020 MOSMAN ART PRIZE
Salote Tawale, Mangroves, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 95 x 77 cm

 

WINNER, MARGARET OLLEY COMMENDATION AWARD
Stieg Persson, Lido, 2019, oil on canvas, 122 x 112 cm

 

WINNER, ALLAN GAMBLE AWARD
Phil James, Landscape composition 1, 2020, oil on vintage offset lithograph, 71 x 80 cm

 

WINNER, GUY WARREN EMERGING ARTISTS' AWARD
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Ascension, with Hog and Alter Ego, 2020, oil on linen on Tasmanian oak, 255 x 63 cm

 

You can download the Judges Report below.

 

You can watch the annoucement of the 2020 Mosman Art Prize winners here; 

When
Wednesday 26 August - Sunday 4 October