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.
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.
The three forums in New South Wales were guided by Mandorla Chairperson Dr Angela McCarthy. The Sydney forum ran in tandem with the conference ‘Grounding the Sacred in Literature and the Arts’ at the Australian Catholic University. The Moss Vale forum was hosted by Wingecarribee Shire Council and STARTS (Southern Tablelands Arts) who are leading some very exciting projects in their area. In Newcastle, host Dr Rod Pattenden welcomed a good crowd of interested people in discussions on the theme and religious art.
It was great to see artists from a wide range of disciplines in attendance, as well as many familiar faces in the form of previous judges, entrants, finalists and winners from previous awards including Aaron Moore, Dr. Rod Pattenden, Dr Rachael Kohn and Stephen Fearnley. Those who attended were keen to know about Mandorla and excited about the new theme. Mandorla is always improved by having conversations with artists and hearing about their needs and desires in regard to their art, so thank you to everyone who came to join us.