The Hawkesbury Art Prize 2015


Now in its fifth year, the Hawkesbury Art Prize has positioned itself as one of the more significant national art prizes in Australia. As a not for profit event the prize is coordinated and run entirely by volunteers, and the prize money is donated by a generous Hawkesbury community.


It was decided recently to shift the art prize from a yearly event to a biennial one. This will give the organisers time to re-create the art prize each year and to accommodate different genres, circumstances, customs and practice. It is envisaged that each prize will create specific interests and offer divergent prizes. For example 2015 will offer younger artists  (18 – 40 years) an opportunity to showcase their work. Future events may include installation and sculpture, performance art and digital design technologies.


The 2015 Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $5,000. The art prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australia or contemporary Australian identity. It has been set up as a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. Maggie Scott has generously donated the first prize of $5,000. Two additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded (one to a local resident). Three judges will select the award winners.


The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art in the Hawkesbury region and increase awareness of art and cultural activity, to the mutual benefit of community, artists and students.  Profits have led to the establishment of a financial scholarship for talented and deserving young artists in the region. Richmond Rotary Club is administering this scholarship.


We hope that you will enter and enjoy the opportunity to participate in an inspiring cultural Hawkesbury art production, created as a valuable social activity that will illuminate many of the ways that art is produced.


The art prize is now a biennial event.

Further details: purple