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Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize

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. The theme for 2014 is ‘Elijah meets God’, taken from 1Kings 19:11b-13.

Two categories are offered — The Mandorla Art Award for artists aged 18 and over, and The Mandorla Youth Art Award for artists aged 16 to 25 — with a total prize pool of $42,000.

Entries are now open and close 6:00pm WST (GMT+8) Sunday 1 June 2014.

Main Award: ENTER HERE         Youth Award: ENTER HERE

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before submitting. Keep up to date with important artist information by joining our mailing list.

Exhibition at Linton & Kay Galleries – Perth: 18 – 27 July 2014
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Free exhibition tours will take place on the weekends (19 & 20 July, 26 & 27 July) at 3pm.
See more exhibition details in the 2014 Award section.

Latest News

Brian McKay, 1926 – 2014

Posted at 7:29am, 28 March 2014

We are sorry to hear of the recent passing of Brian McKay, winner of The Mandorla Art Award in 1986 and 2002, at the age of 87.

Brian was an outstanding proponent of the Australian experience and its particular form in our cultural landscape. He was a member of the Perth Group, five artists who made a real difference to the Australian expression of modernist art. The other members were Robert Juniper (a previous judge for the Mandorla Art Award who passed away in 2012), Tom Gibbons (also passed away in 2012), Guy Grey-Smith (passed away in 1981) and Maurice Stubbs.

Brian was instrumental in developing education in the arts in WA and opportunities for young artists. He was a co-founder of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1980s which encouraged artists in the visual arts as well as music, dance and theatre. He was also a strong proponent of public art.

You can read a tribute to Brian from Galerie Dusseldorf’s Director Douglas Sheerer at Artsource.

Julian Poon “10 arches” installation in Fremantle

Posted at 9:00am, 9 December 2013

2012 Mandorla Youth Winner Julian Poon has done some of his remarkable work on a heritage wall in Cliff Street as part of the recent Fremantle Festival program. A picture was taken of the wall onto which he drew his work, and then the version at actual size was mounted on foam core and inserted into the alcoves. The installation is rich in Christian iconography, featuring Mary, Jesus and Paul the Apostle – you can see some of the photos on Facebook.

Theme News…

Posted at 12:13pm, 14 November 2013

Our website has been updated with commentaries and reflections on the theme by Archbishop Herft, Old Testament scholar Lawrence Pang and our committee members. You can also watch videos of guest speakers from Mandorla’s recent Artist Forums on our YouTube channel.

Angela at Swanbourne Artist Forum

Above: Angela discusses Elijah at the Swanbourne Artist Forum among the artworks of Bob Booth.

“My own endpoint was that the theme is a kind of gift rather than a limitation, an opportunity,” said artist Diana Davies.
“Mandorla is a great opportunity to express the concealed allegorical language of the bible in a visual form,” said John Paul, The Mandorla Art Award winner in 2012 and 1990.

A reminder of our upcoming forums:
  • Thursday 14 November 2013, 6pm–7:30pm Kidogo Arthouse (Bathers Beach, Mews Rd. Fremantle WA) WA artists Camilla Loveridge & previous Mandorla Finalist Anne Marie McCaughey
  • Saturday 16 November 2013, 11am-12:30pm Art Collective WA (115 Hay St. Subiaco WA) WA artists Penny Bovell, previous Mandorla Winner Michael Iwanoff & Anne Marie McCaughey
Anyone is welcome to attend. Entry is by donation, light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Audrey at audrey@mandorlaart.com / 0404 532 284 to find out more or to register your interest.

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