MOSMAN ART GALLERY is a dedicated public gallery established by Mosman Council in 1998. The gallery is a leading cultural institution in Sydney, the aim of which is to be a place of connection for both the visual and performing arts. Five dedicated exhibition spaces are used to host a regularly rotating program of exhibitions, art collections and programs, while additional venues for hire are available for community functions and events. The exhibition program is drawn from local, national and international sources, covering the visual arts, craft and design, and a range of historical and contemporary themes and subjects. Exhibitions are accompanied by a program of gallery talks, seminars and formal lectures targeted at general visitors, students and arts professionals.
The Mosman Art Gallery annual exhibition program features two art prizes. Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest local government awards in Australia. Each year, it offers an acquisitive prize for painting, past winners of which reflect developments in contemporary Australian art practice over the last half-century. The Mosman Youth Art Prize was established in 1988 by internationally renowned artist and local resident Ken Done. The annual prize is open to young artists aged between 12 and 21 years. The competition encourages the creative talents of young people and provides a showcase for their works across all media.