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.
Over the past 71 years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
- Mosman Art Prize (major acquisitive prize) - $50,000
- Margaret Olley Commendation Award supported by Gillian and the late Brian Jones - $5,000
- 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 2018 Mosman Art Prize was judged by artist and former Mosman Art Prize winner Cressida Campbell.
Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney. She graduated from East Sydney Technical College (now known as the National Art School) in 1979 and Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo in 1985. She has had 25 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and London and has contributed to numerous group exhibitions. In 2017 Cressida participated in a two-person exhibition at Contemporary Fine Arts (CFA) in Berlin and in the last two years exhibited at Art Basel Hong Kong for CFA and Simon Lee Gallery, London. A Mosman Art Prize winner in 1989, her work has been acquired by major museum collections in Australia and internationally, and she has been awarded several important art awards.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Mosman Art Prize
WINNER 2018 MOSMAN ART PRIZE
The cicada, 2018 oil on copper 55.5 x 38cm
WINNER MARGARET OLLEY COMMENDATION AWARD
Winter Soundtrack // 99 Luftballoons, 2018 acrylic on Belgium linen 120 x 140cm
WINNER ALLAN GAMBLE AWARD
Guerrilla (detail) 2018 acrylic paint on photographic paper 24 x 26.5 x 30cm
WINNER GUY WARREN EMERGING ARTISTS' AWARD
Timber, 2017 oil on linen 100 x 110cm
To read more about the 2018 Mosman Art Prize, click here.
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Featured image - Winner of Mosman Art Prize 2016 Michael Zavros, Flora (Detail), 2016