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Paddington Art Prize

Paddington Art Prize entries closing soon

Image: Edmond Capon AM OBE with Paddington Art Prize 2016 winner, Rodney Pople on Opening Night 2016.

The Paddington Art Prize is a $25,000 National acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape, now in it’s 14th year. Also on offer is the $5,000 non-acquisitive young artist’s prize for artists aged 18 to 30.

Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

Marlene Antico OAM, created the Prize in order to assist with the monetary difficulties that often impede artists from showcasing their works. As an art student, gallery owner and volunteer guide at the AGNSW for 10 years, she has underscored her commitment to supporting contemporary Australian artists, aware of the financial concerns that prevent many artists from devoting themselves entirely to their art practice. Marlene was also an inaugural member of the Public Art Advisory Committee in 2007 and still active on the committee now known as the Cultural Committee. 

Each year, 50 to 60 artists are brought to prominence as national finalists by the selections of three distinguished judges. The Judges for 2017 will be Former Director Art Gallery NSW Edmund Capon AM OBE, Artists Ann Thomson and Art Scholar and Educator, Nick Vickers.

The artists, both new and returning, are showcased in the Exhibition of National Finalists which is held every October at 111-113 Queen Street, Woollahra. The finalist’s paintings are for sale during the exhibition which runs for 10 days.

The Paddington Art Prize is open to Australian citizens or residents of 12 months or more who are over the age of 18.

You've still got time to enter...but hurry!

Entries close 11:55pm September 3rd 2017




Saturday 1 April, 2017
Sunday 3 September, 2017
Double Bay
Venue Address
Double Bay NSW, 1360

National, Sydney

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