Media Release: People’s Choice Award Announced

Posted at 7:27pm, 28 August 2016

Julie Davidson has taken out the Mandorla Art Award People’s Choice Award for 2016 with her work “Don’t Be Afraid”.
Julie describes the artwork as “A turning point in world history, Jesus resurrection, is the moment for humankind that God’s perfect plan and greatest victory is made manifest. It means we are released forever from the hold and fear of death: O death, where is your victory, O death, where is your sting?The angels first words to the women at the tomb, Do not be afraid, are words of solid hope for all who believe in the resurrection.” A Melbourne based artist, predominantly painting large still life and genre paintings, Julie is represented by Linton & Kay Gallery Perth, TVH Gallery Sydney and Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne. Download full media release (.pdf)

2016 New Norcia Selected Works Tour

Posted at 9:30am, 20 July 2016

All 2016 winners’ works plus selected finalists’ works will be on display at the famous museum and art gallery at the Benedictine Abbey of New Norcia from Saturday 30 July until Sunday 28 August. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 4pm. The opening day will see the 2016 People’s Choice Award announced – voted for by the people who attended the exhibition in Perth – the winner of which will receive $2,000. We encourage everyone to visit New Norcia for the exhibition, and take the opportunity to see inside the magnificent buildings and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

Media Release: Megan Robert takes out the 2016 Mandorla Art Award

Posted at 8:32pm, 18 July 2016

The biennial Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art opened on Friday 15 July with the $25,000 acquisitive St John of God Health Care Prize being presented to winner Megan Robert for her work titled “The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to Word”. The 2016 judges – Dr Petra Kayser, Prof Ted Snell and Rev Tom Elich said “All three winners are powerful statements about personal experience, expressed in such a way that they can take us somewhere, intellectually and emotionally.” Download full media release (.pdf)


2016 Winners Announced!

Posted at 11:46am, 17 July 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Mandorla Art Award winner Megan Robert, with her artwork ‘The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to Word’. The judges were impressed that her artwork expressed the presence/absence/presence mystery of The Resurrection through the story of the journey to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). The basket is made from the pages of 3 bibles carefully rolled into scrolls and then machine sewn together with red thread in a very long and meditative act. The act of Jesus emptying himself to be the Bread of Life for us all is richly expressed through the basket and has in its structure five openings to represent the wounds of Christ. That the person of Jesus becomes the Word that burns in our hearts and feeds us in our faith journey is very evident.

The two Highly Commended prizes went to Camilla Loveridge for her piece ‘Over Jerusalem’ and Libby Byrne for her piece ‘Resurrection: A daily navigation’. The People’s Choice award, which visitors to the exhibition can vote for, will be announced when selected artworks tour to New Norcia this year.

Detailed judges comments will be uploaded to the website shortly.

2016 Finalists Announced

Posted at 10:19am, 27 June 2016

We are proud to announce the following 44 artists have been selected for the 2016 Finalists Exhibition on display from 16 – 24 July at Linton & Kay Galleries Perth:

Mekhaiel Abdelmalak
Gregory Alexander
Florence Allain
Annette Allman
Helen Amyes
Peter Barker
Jennifer K Bay
Godfrey Blow
Charles (Bob) Booth
Jana Braddock
Libby Byrne
Christophe Canato
Brett Canet-Gibson
Kim Carpenter
Julie Davidson
Anh Do
Paul Drok
Margaret Frost
Joanna Gentilli
Anna Glynn
Naomi Grant
Jillian Green
Nora Hanasy
Beric Henderson
Pablo Hughes
Bronwen Hunt
Paul Kaptein
Camilla Loveridge
Elizabeth Marruffo
Ryan McDade
Sally Morgan
Michael Vincent Murphy
Gail Naden
Ron Nyisztor
Julian Poon
Rebekah Pryor
Megan Robert
Courtney Spence
Alma Studholme
Jake Thompson
Paul Uhlmann
Vince Vozzo
Ken Wadrop
Shaun Wake-Mazey

The Exhibition will be open 7 days a week, and viewers can vote for their favourite artwork to win the $2,000 People’s Choice Prize which will be announced at New Norcia when selected works tour there in August.

Artist call for entries: The Other Art Fair Sydney

Posted at 8:55am, 19 June 2016

The Other Art Fair allows people to meet and buy direct from the best emerging and undiscovered artists, carefully selected by a committee of art industry experts. The fair revolutionises the way we buy art, demystifying the process and connecting art lovers directly with artists.

Established in Sydney in 2015, The Other Art Fair’s second Sydney edition will continue to delight and inspire visitors with appearances from a distinguished Guest Artist, interactive theatre performances, live music, a mouth-watering restaurant and bar area, and much more. With many exciting changes this year, including an impressive panel and event programming, plus the move to an up and coming art space in Waterloo, we encourage artists to this year’s Sydney October Fair and get in front of Gallerists, curators, critics and buyers – it’s a great opportunity and applications are free!

Find out more or apply at The Other Art Fair website .

Media Release: Mandorla Art Award Finalists’ Exhibition

Posted at 8:30am, 19 June 2016

The Mandorla Centre for Inner Peace is proud to present the 44 artists selected as finalists in the 2016 Mandorla Art Award. Artists from across Australia have submitted works responding to this year’s theme “The Resurrection”. Presented every two years, the Mandorla Award seeks to encourage contemporary artistic interpretations of the Bible and a different theme is chosen for each exhibition. Download full media release (.pdf)

Religious people need religious art: 2016 Distinguished Scholars Lecture

Posted at 4:00pm, 4 June 2016

The 2016 Distinguised Scholars Lecture at Notre Dame University will discuss the topic of Art and Devotion, and look at how art is used in the past and present. The three presenters are our very own judges for the 2016 Mandorla Art Award: Dr Petra Kayser, Prof. Ted Snell and Rev. Dr Tom Elich. Register your attendance at what promises to be an enlightening discussion of artistic religiosity at and/or view the flyer here.

Entries for 2016 now CLOSED!

Posted at 6:00pm, 2 May 2016

Thank you to everybody who entered this year’s award. Selected finalists and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 1 June 2016 of the selection outcome. The 2016 finalists will be showcased in an exhibition held at Linton and Kay Gallery, Perth from 15-24 July 2016.

If you missed out on entering the 2016 award, join our mailing list for regular updates.

Art Prizes talks to Mandorla

Posted at 7:58pm, 28 April 2016

Mandorla Curator Kristy Gough talks to Martin Shub from Art Prizes about the award – click here to watch the video.

The Create Career Fund

Posted at 9:06pm, 12 April 2016

The Create Career Fund supports individual mid-to-late career artists and authors by providing grants to support time to write and create. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and are able to apply for grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000. Two rounds are held each year with $50,000 available for each round. Submissions are open, with the next round closing at 5:00PM 10 June 2016 (AEST – Sydney time).

To find out more or submit a proposal visit the The Create Career Fund website.

2016 Student Excursion Opportunities

Posted at 12:07pm, 24 December 2015

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.

Should you wish to take up this opportunity, please contact the Curator Kristy Gough at

Media Release: Mandorla, 30 years and going strong

Posted at 8:23pm, 2 November 2015

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)

Video: 30 Years of The Mandorla Art Award

Posted at 8:00am, 28 September 2015

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.

Fun at New South Wales forums

Posted at 1:20pm, 25 September 2015

Click to enlargeThe 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.

Perth Artist Forum

Posted at 11:21am, 25 September 2015

The next Artist Forum is being held at the beautiful Church of the Resurrection & Pelican Centre (105 Shenton Rd, Swanbourne 6010) on Saturday October 10, from 2-4pm. It will be presented by Rev Peter Sellick and Rev Ryan Green, current and former Mandorla Committee members and theologians, and Belinda Cobby, current curator of the Mandorla Art Award. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please email to register your interest.

Esperance Artist Forum in September

Posted at 8:14pm, 27 August 2015

The next forum exploring The Mandorla Art Award 2016 theme, “The Resurrection” will be on Saturday 19 Sep 2015, 7-9 pm in St Andrew’s Church (Cnr Andrew and Windlich Streets) Esperance WA. It will be presented by Mandorla Committee Member Rev Dr Peter Sellick and 2010 Mandorla Art Award Highly Commended and People’s Choice Prize Winner Bob Booth. RSVP to

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

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

68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale NSW

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

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: Mandorla turns 30

Posted at 9:00am, 4 May 2015

The Mandorla Art Award is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Retrospective Exhibition currently showing at the New Norcia Art Gallery & Museum. Download full media release (.pdf)

“The Resurrection” theme reflections

Posted at 8:44am, 9 April 2015

Commentaries on the theme for the 2016 award have been added to our website to help artists deepen their understanding of the theme. Click here to read them.
Further commentaries will be added over the coming months.

1985 – 2014 Mandorla Retrospective at New Norcia

Posted at 8:00am, 2 April 2015

The New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery (Great Northern Highway – New Norcia) will present the 1985 – 2014 Mandorla Retrospective and Finalists Exhibition on Saturday 18th April at 2.30pm, followed by afternoon tea at the Monastery Parlour. RSVP appreciated by 12 April to Dom Christopher Power at

The exhibition will run until October 2015, during which monthly tours of the exhibition, lectures, school tours and educational talks will all be available. For more information, please contact Joy Legge at

Media Release: 2016 Mandorla Art Award Launched

Posted at 8:00am, 31 March 2015

The 2016 Mandorla Art Award was launched on February 4 at the Church of the Resurrection in Swanbourne. Download full media release (.pdf)

2016 Theme Announced – The Resurrection

Posted at 9:00am, 5 February 2015

Last night, the theme for The Mandorla Art Award 2016 was officially launched by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. It is ‘The Resurrection’.
There are many references to The Resurrection in the New Testament, and also some in the Old Testament. In the coming months, commentaries and reflections on these references will be added to the 2016 Award section to help artists develop their ideas and understanding.

Saturday 14 February – Melbourne Artists Forum

Posted at 9:00am, 22 January 2015

The next forum for artists will be held on Saturday 14 February 2015 from 2-4pm, in the Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street East Melbourne (entrance via the Cathedral carpark). RSVP to Angela at

Friday 9 January – Brisbane Artists Forum

Posted at 12:13pm, 6 January 2015

Friday 9 January 2015, 2-5 pm, Mandorla Chairperson Angela McCarthy will be giving an introductory talk on the Mandorla Art Award 2016 at Indooroopilly Uniting Church, cnr. Station and Musgrave Rd, Indooroopilly (opposite Shoppingtown. Parking is behind the church off Musgrave Rd. or in the Shoppingtown car parks. The meeting will be on the middle floor of the church complex.)

This is the first in a series of forums across Australia to meet with artists interested in preparing for the prize. Angela plans to discuss the theme chosen for the 2016 prize and ways to approach it. A donation towards the cost of afternoon tea will be appreciated. RSVP to Geraldine Wheeler at

Read more information at

People’s Choice 2014 winner announced

Posted at 6:30pm, 2 August 2014

Congratulations to Jos Coufreur, the 2014 People’s Choice prize winner with his bold and brilliant portrait “Elijah”. He wins $2,000 sponsored by the Benedictine Abbey of New Norcia.

All winning and selected finalists’ works are showing daily from 10am-4pm until 17 August at New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery (Great Northern Highway, New Norcia).

New Media Release: The eyes have it: powerful portrait wins popular vote

Posted at 6:25pm, 2 August 2014

Mandurah artist Jos Coufreur has taken the Mandorla Art Award People’s Choice Prize with his poignant and evocative portrait “Elijah”, depicting the prophet in his encounter with God on Mount Sinai. Download full media release (.pdf)

The Mandorla Art Award 2014 New Norcia Tour

Posted at 1:00pm, 29 July 2014

Selected works from the 2014 Finalists Exhibition will tour to the New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery from 2-17 August 2014. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 4pm. The winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Prize, which was voted for by people who visited the Perth exhibition, will be announced and receive $2,000.

Interested buyers can view a digital catalogue of all artworks for sale.

New Media Release: Kaptein captures 2014 Mandorla Art Award

Posted at 7:45am, 21 July 2014

The winners of the 2014 Mandorla Art Award were announced last night at the Finalists Exhibition’s opening at Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth. Download full media release (.pdf)