The Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition features the diverse talents of the country’s young, aspiring and emerging artists and offers them the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public art gallery. Young artists aged between 12 – 21 submit artworks in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics to win cash prizes, scholarships and art materials.

The 2021 Mosman Youth Art Prize judge is Abdul Abdullah.

Abdul Abdullah is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’ with a post 9/11 mindset, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the disjuncture between perception/projection of identity and the reality of lived experience. Identifying as a Muslim and having both Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage, Abdullah occupies a precarious space in the political discourse that puts him at odds with popular definitions. 

His works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Gallery of Modern Art, Artbank, University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, The Islamic Museum of Australia and Bendigo Art Gallery. In 2015 Abdul exhibited at Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, in 2016 he exhibited at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art and in 2017 he showed at PATAKA Art Museum in New Zealand and with Yavuz Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong and the Asia Now Art Fair in Paris. Most recently Abdul exhibited at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiangmai, National Gallery of Australia as part of Infinite Conversations, Art Basel Hong Kong, The Armory Show NY, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial and was shortlisted along with his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah to represent Australia in the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Abdul Abdullah. Image courtesy of the artist.


To enter a work in the 2021 Mosman Youth Art Prize please click here.

In conjunction with the Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition, the Gallery is also hosting a Still Life Painting Workshop for Teens with former Mosman Youth Art Prize winner, emerging artist and TV presenter Dilara Niriella. To find out more click here. 


Banner image: 2019 Mosman Youth Art Prize. Photo by Tim Connolly.

Saturday 8 May - Sunday 6 June

Mosman Art Gallery