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2017 Mosman Art Prize

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Mosman Art Prize is Australia's most recognised and prestigious local government art award and the prize celebrates 70 years in 2017. First awarded in 1947 to a young Margaret Olley, this year's Mosman Art Prize prize was won by Sydney based, Indonesian born contemporary artist Jumaadi whose multi panelled work explores the artist's cultural roots while displaying a refreshingly honest and open approach to storytelling.

The Mosman Art Prize was established in 1947 when there were very few opportunities for artists to exhibit their work or even avenues to come together and form connections. The Prize was very quickly adopted and accepted amongst the artist community as one of a quartet of major art prizes along with the Archibald, Wynne and the Sulman.

Since then the Mosman Art Prize has grown in stature over 70 years to become an acquisitive art prize of national significance with a collection which reads like a who's who of Australian art including: Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Frank Hinder, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, John Caldwell, Margo Lewers, Earle Backen, Ken Reinhard, Fan Dongwang, Elisabeth Cummings, Janet Dawson, Cressida Campbell, John Bartley, Jenny Sages, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Lucy Culliton, Guan Wei, Noel McKenna, Adam Cullen, Tom Carment, James Powditch, Jasper Knight, Craig Waddell, Kerrie Lester, David Fairbairn, Rachel Ellis, Michael Muir and Alan Jones. Michael Zavros won the prize in 2016.

Jumaadi revealed his work was inspired by study trips between Cowra in regional New South Wales, his home studio in Sydney’s Mosman and regular excursions to Java. The work continues Jumaadi’s interest in the history of migration and exchange between Australia and Indonesia.

A new Commendation Prize of $10,000, The Margaret Olley Award, was offered this year to honour the late great Australian painter who was the inaugural winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 1947. Donated by The Margaret Olley Trust, this prize has awarded to Aboriginal artist Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty (Batjamal), from Bulgul, NT.

Further prizes included The Allan Gamble Memorial Award (for Built Environment) $3,000 given to Glenn Locklee (Sydney) and the Fourth Village Providore Emerging Artist Award, won by Clara Adolphs (Sydney).

2017 selected finalists include: Wendy Sharpe, Fan Dongwang, John Bokor, Tony Costa, Peter Gardiner, Alan Jones, Blak Douglas, Anh Do, Nigel Sense, Ashley Frost, Kevin McKay, Tom Carment, Bridget Dolan, Ken Done, Peter Godwin, Paul Ryan and Martin King among others.

The free exhibition of all the 88 finalist works runs until Sunday 29 October 2017. Selected art works are for sale and a great way to build your personal art collection. Monies raised also support the Gallery’s education programs. The Mosman Art Society Viewer’s Choice Award $1,000 will be announced prior to exhibition closing. Public Program of artist & curator talks accompany this exhibition.

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