Terms & Conditions

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The Theme

  • 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 required to interpret these in their own way.
  • Submissions for the Mandorla Art Award 2016 must clearly demonstrate a direct relationship to the theme.
  • The theme for the Mandorla Art Award 2016 is ”The Resurrection”.

Exhibition Details

  • The Exhibition will be held at Linton & Kay Galleries, Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace, Perth, opening 6pm 15 July 2016. The exhibition continues until 24 July 2016.
  • The Mandorla Art Award 2016 is acquisitive.
  • The award winning work will automatically become part of the permanent collection of Mandorla, and is kept in trust at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, WA.
  • The $25,000 prize money includes Mandorla’s acquisition of the work. In addition to the major acquisitive award, two highly commended non-acquisitive awards of $5,000 are offered. A $2,000 non-acquisitive Peoples Choice Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the Mandorla Art Award.
  • All other artworks will be available for sale.
  • After the exhibition, The Mandorla Art Award reserves the right to tour a selection of works at selected St John of God Health Care (SJOGHC) venues, and the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery WA from 25 July 2016. Artists will be notified prior to collection day if their artwork has been selected to tour to New Norcia. Artists will be requested that the artwork be retained for the extended display and a loan agreement put in place for the agreed duration.

Entry Requirements and Details

  • Entry to The Mandorla Art Award is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 18. Entrants must be residing primarily in Australia.
  • Selection Process: Acceptance into this award is via a selection process only. An independent selection panel will comprise three professionals from the arts and theological community.
  • Entry Process: Applicants must submit an Entry Form online at www.mandorlaart.com. The Entry Form must be accompanied by the Entry Fee, Artist’s Statement and up to 4 high resolution images (at least 300dpi, no greater than 5MB each, JPG, PNG or TIFF files only) of the one work for consideration – at least one image must be of the entire work and at least one image must be of the work close up/in detail. Artwork dimensions must be noted.
  • Artists working in new media (digital video works) will be required to submit a single still of the artwork through the online entry process, as well as supplying moving images of the artwork entry in .mp4 or .mov file formats (maximum duration of 4 minutes).
  • Artists must submit a current CV no longer than two A4 pages.
  • Entries Close: Entries must be received by 6:00pm WST (GMT +8) Monday 2 May 2016. Please note that entries received after the closing date and time will NOT be accepted. No late changes will be accepted. Selected finalists and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 1 June 2016 of the selection outcome.
  • Entries are limited to 1 work per person.
  • Artworks must be no larger than 160cmx160cm (including frame). 3D works must must be no larger than 160cmx160cmx75cm. Multiple panel pieces are accepted where they constitute a single entry and do not exceed the specified dimensions in total.
  • Artworks to be hung must not exceed 20kg. 3D works must not exceed 60kg.
  • A range of disciplines and mediums are encouraged.
  • Artworks must be the original work of the artist and not infringe copyright.
  • Artworks must be executed entirely during the 12 months leading up to the award, commencing 2 May 2015.
  • Artworks must be completed at the time of submission of entry details and images.
  • Artworks must not have been previously exhibited.
  • Entry Fee: All entry forms must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee of AU$50 per work (including GST). Preferred payment method is by direct debit and details will be provided in the online application entry form. Receipts will be provided.
  • Artist’s Statement and Biography: Artists are to submit a statement about the artwork they intend to submit and how it addresses the theme “The Resurrection”. Artists are also to submit a brief biography relating to their artistic practice. Both the statement and biography are to each be a max 700 characters in total including spaces. This material will be used for publication purposes and may be edited for clarity.
  • Mandorla Art Award artworks must be for sale. If the artist is registered for GST, the selling price must be GST inclusive.
  • Commission: A commission of 40% will apply in the event of an artwork sold during the exhibition. For those artists whose work is represented by a gallery, this commission will be divided equally between the gallery and The Mandorla Art Award (Mandorla). Artists who are represented by a gallery will have their galleries acknowledged in publications and labels.

Ownership and Risk/Responsibilities

  • The Artist agrees that they shall retain ownership of the artwork until sold.
    Whilst Mandorla will exercise all due care in the handling and protection of the artwork, the insurance of work is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Mandorla will not be held responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever or however caused to any work whilst in their custody.
  • Each artist is responsible for acquiring his/her own insurance to cover the artwork’s transportation and presence in the exhibition.
  • All shipping costs will be the responsibility of the artist, including return freight costs for unsold artworks. Unsold artworks must be collected by the artist or their agent at the closure of the exhibition.

Publicity and Promotional Material

  • Mandorla reserves the right to document, reproduce or otherwise use any artwork entered into the Art Awards for purposes associated with the Awards, without charge.
  • Authorship of the artwork will be publicly acknowledged.
  • The rights of reproduction given to the organisers are limited and non-exclusive.
  • The artists’ moral rights will be observed.
  • Artists will be responsible for satisfying copyright requirements, should they have quoted or reproduced from any printed or other material.
  • All artists shall allow their work to be reproduced by the media whilst the work is on public display.
  • Mandorla must be granted a non-exclusive copyright licence for the prize-winning entry, for the protection of the artist’s copyright.
  • Mandorla reserves the right to reproduce the winning entries in all publications according to copyright conditions.
  • Images of artworks will be placed on the Mandorla website as part of the Award’s online gallery/exhibition.
  • Copyright Statement: The Mandorla Art Award Committee respects the fact that artists always retain the copyright of the image of their own work. As an acquisitive award The Mandorla Art Award winners are kept as an important collection of contemporary Christian art and are housed in the art gallery at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Trinity in New Norcia where all, or part of the collection, is exhibited on a continual basis. As a condition of entry, artists accept that the image of their work can be used by The Mandorla Art Award Committee for publicity purposes and will always be acknowledged appropriately. Should the images be used for fundraising, the artist will be consulted and any resultant profit will be shared between the artist/s and the Committee at an agreed rate.

Judging and Announcement of Winners

  • An independent judging panel will be comprised of two independent arts specialists and one theologian (please visit www.mandorlaart.com for biographies).
  • The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into. The winner will be advised by telephone immediately after judging takes place.
  • The announcement of the prize winner will be made at the Award Opening at Linton & Kay Galleries, Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace, Perth on Friday 15 July 2016.

Information for Finalists – Artwork Delivery and Collection

  • Delivery: Artworks must be delivered to Linton & Kay Galleries, Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace, Perth on Wednesday 13 July 2016.
  • Artworks must be packaged appropriately using protective wrap and external support (such as cardboard) clearly identifying the front and top of the artwork. Labels will be supplied to all finalists.
  • Artworks to be hung must be fitted with large ‘D’ rings (20mm) for hanging on the back of the work (approx. 10cm from the top) and hanging cord/wire attached.
  • Artworks must be clearly labelled with the Artist’s name and the title of the work.
  • Collection: Artworks must be collected from Linton & Kay Galleries, Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace, Perth on Monday 25 July between 10am and 4pm unless otherwise notified. Non Western Australian artists will have their artwork shipped on Monday 25 July with International Art Services (preferred couriers) at the cost of the artist, unless other arrangements have been made with the curator.
  • Collection Note: Artworks not collected from Linton & Kay Galleries at the above time will be stored for 10 days only at The Priory 2 Morgans Street, Tuart Hill. If not collected within this time, the artwork may be auctioned with the proceeds going to charity.

Exhibition of Artworks

  • The artworks will be exhibited at Linton & Kay Gallery Perth, located 1 / 137 St Georges Terrace Perth Western Australian. The gallery is open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 10am–5pm Sundays 11am – 4pm.
  • All artworks will be professionally presented within the gallery to museum standards where possible. The exhibition venue has an excellent commercial reputation and client base to promote the sale of the artworks in the exhibition.
  • The Mandorla Art Award Opening will be held on 15 July 2016 at Linton & Kay Galleries. Mandorla Art Award Finalists are invited to attend with 1 guest.
  • The Mandorla Art Award Finalists will be exhibited at Linton & Kay Galleries from 15 – 24 July 2016.
  • Artists will be notified prior to Collection Day if their artwork has sold or has been selected to tour to the SJOGHC venues or New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Following the Mandorla Art Award exhibition in Perth, a selection of artworks will be invited to tour to selected SJOGHC venues, and the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery WA from 25 July 2016.
  • All artwork exhibited in the Award must be available for showing continuously throughout the period of the exhibitions at SJOGHC venues & New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery for approximately 2 months. A separate loan agreement will be negotiated with selected artists further to notification of dates and details of this additional touring exhibition.
  • The People’s Choice Award will be announced by the Abbot of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia at the touring exhibition held at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery (dates to be advised).
  • At the conclusion of the touring SJOGHC and New Norcia Selected Finalists Exhibition, artworks will be transported to The Priory, 2 Morgans Street, Tuart Hill WA where they will be available for collection. Non Western Australian artists will have their artwork shipped (date TBA) with International Art Services (preferred couriers) at the cost of the artist, unless other arrangements have been made with the curator.

Mandorla Recommended Suppliers

  • Artists who wish to ship their artwork as rolled canvas and have stretched or framed in Perth will need to arrange this individually. Art Presentations are happy to work with artists on this:
    Art Presentations

        30 Graylands Road, Claremont Western Australia 6010
          Telephone: +61 (08) 9385 1200


  • Artists must contact Art Presentations prior to sending artworks to discuss framing & payment arrangements.
  • Mandorla Art Award prefers to use International Art Services (IAS) to courier artworks:
    International Art Services (IAS) Western Australia

        719 Marshall Road, Malaga, Western Australia 6090
          Telephone: +61 (08) 9249 5376



Important Dates

  • Entries Close – 2 May 2016
  • Artists Notified – 1 June 2016
  • Artwork Delivery – 13 July 2016
  • Exhibition Dates – 15 – 24 July 2016
  • Artwork Collection – 25 July 2016