Mosman Youth Art Prize

Medium / category: Painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics

Eligibility: Australian artists aged 12-21 years

Associated institution: Mosman Art Gallery

The Mosman Youth Art Prize is an annual competition organised by Mosman Council that aims to encourage the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists whilst providing a showcase for their works. Since its foundation in 1988 by local artist Ken Done AM, numerous artists have started their careers by winning the Mosman Youth Art Prize including Alex Seeton, Natasha Walsh and JD Reforma. Young artists aged between 12 – 21 submit artworks in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics to win cash prizes, scholarships and art materials.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Aoife Oliver, Can you see in the dark

Winner: Junior first prize

  • Ava McDonald, Home

Winner: Senior first prize

  • Jesse Heriot, Inquisitive delights and morbid atrocities

Winner: Tertiary first prize

  • Hayley Bennet, My latio dissonate vulgari (my cacophony)

Winner: Mosman Art Society Award

  • Erin Bourke, Suburbia

Winner: Australian Watercolour Institute Award

  • Belinda Mathews, Flowers in vase with lemon

Winner: Susan Rothwell prize

The Different Award Categories

The award categories include Junior (12-14), Senior (15-17) and Tertiary (18-21). A first, second, third and highly commended applicant is awarded for each category. In addition, there is a Friends of the Gallery Award, for each of the age categories, an Australian Watercolour Institute award and the Susan Rothwell Prize.

Information up to date from June 14 2023