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.
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 Wimberley
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Featured image - Winner of Mosman Art Prize 2016 Michael Zavros, Flora (Detail), 2016