Ellen Jose Art Award

Medium / category: All mediums

Eligibility: Female visual artists aged 18-35 years

Associated institution: Ellen José Memorial Foundation

Ellen José (1951-2017) was a pioneer in Australia’s urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner. The Ellen José Memorial Foundation provides a $15,000 non-acquisitive award to a female visual artist aged 18-35 years working in any medium. Managed by Bayside Gallery, the Ellen José Art Award for young women is a partnership between the Foundation and Bayside City Council and aims to provide support to young female artists in the early stages of their career. The award is given in the hope that it will support the winning artist’s continued development by providing recognition as well as a financial boost. All finalists will receive an artist fee and have the opportunity for their work to be professionally presented in an exhibition with an accompanying publication.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Moorina Bonini

Winner: Ellen Jose Art Award

  • Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson

Winner: Ellen Jose Art Award

Information up to date from June 14 2023