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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. 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.

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View a catalogue of all finalists’ artworks from the 2014 award

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Artist Forums in NSW

Posted at 8:00am, 14 July 2015

Three more forums exploring The Mandorla Art Award 2016 theme, “The Resurrection”, will be held later this month. Mandorla Chairperson and University of Notre Dame Theologian and Lecturer Dr Angela McCarthy will meet with artists interested in preparing for the award, and discuss the theme chosen for 2016 and potential ways to approach it.

Sunday 26 July – 1:30pm-3:30pm
Australian Catholic University (ACU) – Room TS 18, S Block

25A Barker Rd, Strathfield NSW
RSVP angela@mandorlaart.com

Monday 27 July – 3pm-5:30pm
Wingecarribee Shire Council – Civic Centre Theatrette

68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale NSW
RSVP giselle@starts.com.au

Friday 31 July – 7pm-8:30pm
Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Glebe & Brunker Rd, Adamstown NSW
*With Rev Dr Rod Pattenden, Blake Prize Chairperson and Mandorla Art Award 2012 judge
RSVP adamuca@bigpond.net.au

2016 Judges Announced

Posted at 8:00am, 30 June 2015

The judges for The Mandorla Art Award 2016 are:

  • Dr Petra Kayser – Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Ted Snell – Director, University of Western Australia Cultural Precinct
  • Rev Dr Tom Elich – Director, Liturgy Brisbane

The selection & judging panels for The Mandorla Art Award are both comprised of 1 theologian and 2 arts specialists. Read more about the Selection and Judging process on the 2016 Award page.

Media Release: 2016 Mandorla Art Award entries now open

Posted at 9:00am, 1 June 2015

Artists are invited to submit an entry to The 2016 Mandorla Art Award to be considered for the $25,000 acquisitive
award and exhibition. Download full media release (.pdf)

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