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. 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 will be showcased in an exhibition held at Linton and Kay Gallery, Perth from 15-24 July 2016. Artworks will be available for purchase.
We invite teachers to plan a student excursion to The Mandorla Art Award 2016 Exhibition. Approximately 50 finalists from the 2016 Award will be on display at Linton & Kay Galleries in the Perth CBD from July 15 – 24 allowing for school groups to visit during Week 1 of Term 3. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to enrich their students’ learning and appreciation of art, and help them develop their own relationship and responses to contemporary art and art making.
The exhibition will be supported by worksheets relating to the Australian Curriculum providing clear links to students’ learning outcomes. Exhibition guides will be available on request.
Artists will interpret the theme in figurative and abstract form and through a wide range of mediums including painting, print, sculpture, digital and video works; the selection of finalists consistently present a wide and textured range of artistic expression.
The 2016 Mandorla Art Award will build on the positive foundation of the past as it looks to the future, embracing the best contemporary artists inspired to create artworks that respond to the award’s religious theme. Download full media release (.pdf)
Our new video features Chairperson Dr. Angela McCarthy, Dom Christopher Power from the New Norcia Monastery and Curator Belinda Cobby talking about the importance of Christian art, the origins and history of the Mandorla Art Award over the last 30 years and how to enter the 2016 award.
This video includes footage of the 30th anniversary Retrospective Exhibition that was held in New Norcia and our past winners, giving an insight into the high calibre of artist that the Mandorla Art Award attracts.