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2016 Theme

The theme for the 2016 Mandorla Art Award, “The Resurrection” draws upon a number of passages from the Bible including Ezekial 37:1-14, Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:13-35, John 20:11-29 and Romans 6:1-11. The resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, is central to Christian belief.

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Theme Commentaries and Reflections

Artist Forum Presentations

These will be added to over the coming months to help artists deepen their understanding.


The following prizes are open to Australian artists aged 18 years and over:

  • $25,000 Mandorla Art Award (acquisitive) sponsored by Saint John of God Health Care
  • $5,000 Highly Commended Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
  • $5,000 Highly Commended Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth
  • $2,000 People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia


Linton & Kay Galleries – Perth

Level 1 / 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia

Linton & Kay Galleries

Linton & Kay Galleries is a highly regarded commercial gallery in Western Australia with a reputation for hosting premium Australian and international exhibitions across most genres.

Housed in the Old Perth Technical School on St Georges Terrace, the Gallery mixes heritage and contemporary design over two levels of exhibition space providing a unique visual arts experience.

New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery

Great Northern Highway, New Norcia, Western Australia

nnA selection of works will be toured to New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, where the People’s Choice Prize will be announced.

How To Enter

Entry to The Mandorla Art Award 2016 is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 18. Entrants must be residing primarily in Australia.

Winners have been announced. Thank you to all who entered.
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Important Dates

Entries close 2 May 2016
Announcement of finalists 1 June 2016
Announcement of winners and exhibition opening 15 July 2016
Exhibition dates 15 – 24 July 2016


Past judges include John McDonald, Betty Churcher; Sr. Rosemary Crumlin; Hal Missingham; John Stringer; Dr. Anna Gray; Dr. Rod Pattenden, Dr. Rachael Kohn, Dr. Annette Pedersen, Giles Auty, art critic of The Australian at the time; and celebrated WA artist Robert Juniper.

The 2016 judges will continue this fine tradition, bringing deep spiritual conviction and a wealth of expertise in the visual arts.

Dr Petra Kayser

Petra Kayser

Petra is a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has curated exhibitions on subjects as diverse as Renaissance images of Apocalypse and war, satirical prints, and early Australian colonial art. Her research interests include early print culture, Renaissance devotional art, Cabinets of curiosities, and the relationship between art and science in early modern Europe. Petra has published numerous essays including an award-winning article, The Intellectual and the Artisan in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 2008, and is currently preparing an essay on the iconography of Christ’s wounds in 15th and 16th century prints.

Prof. Ted Snell

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Prior to his current appointment as Director of the UWA Cultural Precinct in 2009, Ted completed an Associateship in Art Teaching, postgraduate study in England, and taught as Professor of Contemporary Art and Dean of Art, John Curtin Gallery. Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his roles as Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, Artbank, Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, and Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council; and board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He has published several books, curated numerous exhibitions, is a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television, a current art reviewer for The Australian and a regular contributor to local and national journals.

Rev. Dr Tom Elich

Tom Elich

Tom is Director of Liturgy Brisbane and parish priest at Bulimba. He holds a Doctorate of Theology/Doctorate in History of Religions, awarded by the Institute Catholique de Paris and the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne) in liturgy and sacramental theology. Across 40 years, Tom has held numerous long-serving roles: contributing editor of Liturgy News; Australian bishops’ National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board member; honorary fellow of the Australian Catholic University; National Liturgical Commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference executive secretary; International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) Advisory Committee member and Presentation of Texts subcommittee chair; Australian Academy of Liturgy member; and Societas Liturgica member.

Selection and Judging

The selection & judging panels for the Mandorla Art Award are both comprised of 1 theologian and 2 arts specialists.

Pre-Selection Process

The selection of the finalists to be exhibited at in the Mandorla Art Award exhibition will be carried out by three appointed panel members. They will determine the finalists by viewing the digital images of the finished work submitted by the artists.

The criteria for selection of works to exhibit include:

  • Response – to the theme
  • Impact – visual and aesthetic, or including an anti-aesthetic
  • Creativity – ‘readings’ within a contextual/conceptual/technical/interpretive framework
  • Technical skills – selection and application of media
  • Compliance – with Terms and Conditions of entry

Selection Panel:

  • Jenepher Duncan
    Jenepher is the Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, a position she has occupied for ten years. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne for two decades, during which she was concurrently (1991-2001) the Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), then an affiliated institution. She is a graduate of Monash University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Curator of over 50 exhibitions of Australian, international and local artists, she has produced and contributed to many catalogue publications and judged numerous art prizes.
  • Helen Caroll-Fairhall
    Helen is the Curator of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art and manages the Wesfarmers’ Arts sponsorship programme which provides around $1million annually to the performing and visual arts in Western Australia. Prior to joining Wesfarmers in 1999, Helen was Curator of Australian Art at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia. She has curated several exhibitions and written on Australian art for a range of publications. Helen joined the Board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in July 2009. She received the Business Leadership Award for her work in support of the arts in the 2008 Western Australian Business and Arts Awards. Her previous board appointments include Art on the Move Western Australia, of which she was Chair from 2003 to 2005, and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Advisory Board from 2005 to 2009.
  • Rev Ryan Green
    Ryan is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Born in the UK, Ryan grew up in Wales and his first experience of Anglicanism was of the Celtic kind with a focus on presence, poetry and music. He completed an undergraduate degree in theology at the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Applied Theology at Oxford, focussing on the spirituality of the icon and Scripture and contemporary engagement. Ryan was an assistant curate in the Benefice of the Cookhams in Berkshire England for four years where he encountered the art of Stanley Spencer, and, most recently, was Rector at the Church of the Resurrection in Swanbourne, Western Australia, which brought a new vision together of art and sacred space. He is currently studying for his doctorate in theological concepts of the Self in contemporary Anglican thought.


Judging of the finalists will be conducted by an independent panel of judges on Friday 15 July 2016. The three appointed judges will select one First Prize winner for the $25,000 Mandorla Art Award. The winning artwork will automatically be acquired for the Mandorla Art Collection.

The winners will be announced that evening at the opening night on Friday 15 July.

Judges will select two Highly Commended non-acquisitive Award winners for the Mandorla Art Award 2016 to receive $5000 each.

The People’s Choice Award will be determined by visitors’ votes at the conclusion of the exhibition at Linton & Kay Galleries. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the opening of the touring selection at New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery and awarded a $2000 prize.

The judges’ process of selection will be respected with regard to their professional discretion. Their decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.