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, Natasha Walsh and Salote Tawale.
The 2022 judge of the Mosman Art Prize is Rhana Devenport ONZM. She is the first female director of the Art Gallery South Australia.
Jacobus Capone, Spring 2021, 2021. fallen golden wattle and seawater.
Margaret Olley Commendation Award:
Dianne Tchumut, Turtles Hibernating, 2021. synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
Allan Gamble Award:
Eliza Gosse, Almost Kareela, 2021. oil on canvas.
Guy Warren Emerging Artists' Award:
Sebastian Galloway, Summer Arrangement in Suspended Animation, 2021. oil on copper
image: 2022 Mosman Art Prize, installation view, Mosman Art Gallery. Image courtesy Mosman Art Gallery and © the artists. Photograph: Jacquie Manning.
List of selected finalists:
Julianne Ross Allcorn
Johnathon World Peace Bush
Jedda Daisy Culley
Margaret Loy Pula
Thea Anamara Perkins
Image: Installation view, 2022 Mosman Art Prize. Photo by Jacquie Manning