Maroondah City Council

R & M McGivern Prize

The R & M McGivern Prize is back bigger and bolder in 2019! The theme for 2019 is ‘Anthropocene'.

Held every three years, with a different theme each year, the $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting calls for artists across Australia to consider the impact of human habitation on the environment.

A concept proposed by scientists to describe the current era, the Anthropocene directly translates to 'anthro' (human) and 'cene' (recent). It proposes that changes occurring within the environment may be a direct and permanent result of human behaviour.

The R & M McGivern Prize will be exhibited across two venues from 23 November 2019 to 2 February 2020 at ArtSpace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 28 June. 

 For further information on entering the Prize, please visit

About the R & M McGivern Prize 

The R & M McGivern Prize was established by the will of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern and is a legacy of Muriel’s support of the arts in Maroondah. In accordance with her will, the acquisitive Prize is awarded by the Perpetual Trustee Company every three years for the painting that is the judged the most worthy by an expert panel of judges.

The prize is acquisitive and the winning art work becomes part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, contributing to Council’s aim of building a high quality collection of works for the people of the Maroondah  region to enjoy. 

The 2019 Judges:

Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art
Ryan Johnston, Director, Buxton Contemporary
Penny Teale, Bunjil Place Gallery Curator

Previous winners

The most recent winner was awarded in 2016 to Rose Nolan for her work Big Words - QUOTE/UNQUOTE.


Tuesday 29 January, 2019
Friday 28 June, 2019
ArtSpace at Realm & MFEG
Venue Address

Melbourne, Ringwood

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