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.
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)
Congratulations to the 2016 Mandorla Art Award winner Megan Robert, with her artwork ‘The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to Word’. The judges were impressed that her artwork expressed the presence/absence/presence mystery of The Resurrection through the story of the journey to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). The basket is made from the pages of 3 bibles carefully rolled into scrolls and then machine sewn together with red thread in a very long and meditative act. The act of Jesus emptying himself to be the Bread of Life for us all is richly expressed through the basket and has in its structure five openings to represent the wounds of Christ. That the person of Jesus becomes the Word that burns in our hearts and feeds us in our faith journey is very evident.
The two Highly Commended prizes went to Camilla Loveridge for her piece ‘Over Jerusalem’ and Libby Byrne for her piece ‘Resurrection: A daily navigation’. The People’s Choice award, which visitors to the exhibition can vote for, will be announced when selected artworks tour to New Norcia this year.
Detailed judges comments will be uploaded to the website shortly.