Mosman Art Prize 2023

Medium / category: Painting

Requirements: Entrants must submit an original painting in any painting medium

Eligibility: Permanent Australian residents aged 16 and over

Associated institution: Mosman Art Gallery

The Mosman Art Prize is a national painting prize and is the longest running and most prestigious municipal art prize in Australia. Winning entries form the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and historic collection that surveys Australian painting since 1947.

Previous winners form a roll call of Australian art luminaries; Grace Cossington Smith, Guy Warren, Jenny Sages, Noel McKenna, Cressida Campbell, Jumaadi, Elisabeth Cummings, Jasper Knight, Guan Wei, Natasha Walsh, Michael Zavros and Salote Tawale. Margaret Olley was the inaugural winner in 1947. Fremantle-based artist Jacobus Capone was last year’s winner with his work Spring 2021.

What you need to know

The Mosman Art Prize is open to original paintings in any painting medium such as watercolour, acrylic and oil. To qualify for adjudication, the work must be substantially painted and can incorporate to a lesser extent other mediums such as drawing (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.), printmaking, photography and collage.

The maximum size of works entered in the prize is an area of 2m² (i.e. length × width is no more than 2m², including frame). All entered works must be below a 40kg weight, including framing.

Entrants must be over 16 years old and a permanent Australian resident. All work entered is to be produced after 1 July 2022 and must be original work of the artist (artist can mean both an individual and/or a collective). The prize is of acquisitive nature meaning the work must not be sold and is available to enter our collection.


The Mosman Art Prize is an acquisitive award of $50,000 sponsored by Mosman Council.


The judging panel will include artist Fiona Lowry.

Dates for your diary

Open for Entries: Entries are now open and close 4 August 2023

Awards Exhibition: 23 September – 29 October 2023 at Mosman Art Gallery

To enter, visit Mosman Art Prize’s entry portal here.

For more information, visit the Mosman Art Gallery’s website here, or check out their socials on Facebook or Instagram.

Image: Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman Art Prize, 2022. Photo: Jacquie Manning. Courtesy: the artists and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.