The Mandorla Art Award employs a thematic spiritual inspiration that changes with each exhibition. These inspirations are defined by quotations from the Bible and all participating artists are requested to interpret these in their own way. In 2016, artists will interpret the theme ‘The Resurrection’ in figurative and abstract form and through various media.
This national award is open to artists working in all media and artists are invited to submit an application to be considered for this award. A selection panel will choose the finalists for the exhibition and an independent judging panel will award the prizes.
The award features a $25,000 Main Prize, two $5,000 Highly Commended Prizes and a $2,000 People’s Choice Award.
The Mandorla Art Award 2016 finalists are showcased in an exhibition held at Linton and Kay Gallery, Perth from 15-24 July 2016. Artworks are available for purchase.
Julie Davidson has taken out the Mandorla Art Award People’s Choice Award for 2016 with her work “Don’t Be Afraid”.
Julie describes the artwork as “A turning point in world history, Jesus resurrection, is the moment for humankind that God’s perfect plan and greatest victory is made manifest. It means we are released forever from the hold and fear of death: O death, where is your victory, O death, where is your sting?The angels first words to the women at the tomb, Do not be afraid, are words of solid hope for all who believe in the resurrection.” A Melbourne based artist, predominantly painting large still life and genre paintings, Julie is represented by Linton & Kay Gallery Perth, TVH Gallery Sydney and Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne. Download full media release (.pdf)
All 2016 winners’ works plus selected finalists’ works will be on display at the famous museum and art gallery at the Benedictine Abbey of New Norcia from Saturday 30 July until Sunday 28 August. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 4pm. The opening day will see the 2016 People’s Choice Award announced – voted for by the people who attended the exhibition in Perth – the winner of which will receive $2,000. We encourage everyone to visit New Norcia for the exhibition, and take the opportunity to see inside the magnificent buildings and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.
The biennial Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art opened on Friday 15 July with the $25,000 acquisitive St John of God Health Care Prize being presented to winner Megan Robert for her work titled “The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to Word”. The 2016 judges – Dr Petra Kayser, Prof Ted Snell and Rev Tom Elich said “All three winners are powerful statements about personal experience, expressed in such a way that they can take us somewhere, intellectually and emotionally.” Download full media release (.pdf)