Words: Rose of Sharon Leake
Currently in its 74th year, the annual Mosman Art Prize has announced its 2021 iteration will not go ahead. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated public health orders and restrictions, the highly anticipated prize has been forced to close its doors. Like many other events and exhibitions in the art world affected by the pandemic, Mosman Art Gallery, which is run by Mosman Council, has chosen to keep the public and its staff safe by remaining closed until restrictions lift.
Since 1947, the Mosman Art Prize has run annually as an acquisitive art award for painting. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Guan Wei, Michael Zavros, Natasha Walsh and Salote Tawale.
The prize will return in 2022 with entries opening in June 2022. 2022 will be the 75th anniversary of the first Mosman Art Prize and to celebrate this significant milestone in Australian painting, Mosman Art Gallery will present a survey exhibition of past Mosman Art Prize winning works prior to the 2022 Prize exhibition.
For more information visit the Mosman Art Gallery website.
This article was originally published 6 September 2021.
Image: Salote Tawale, Mangroves, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 95 x 77cm. Courtesy: the artist and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.