Hornsby Art Prize

An annual award open to artists all over Australia, sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society.

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Prize is open to artists from all over Australia and its goals are:

  • To encourage artists to aspire to excellence and,
  • Position the work of Hornsby Shire artists within the wider context of the Australian contemporary art environment

For more information about the Hornsby Art Society visit Facebook.com/hornsbyartsociety

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists Exhibition

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
17-27 November 2016, 10am-4pm daily

Complete 2016 finalists’ list

Hornsby Art Prize Finalists Conditions of Entry - 85kb

2016 Award Winners

The Award and Opening Night was held on Saturday 19 November 2016 where the following winners were announced.

2016 Major Award Winner

Janet Tavener, Gold Plated

Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist

Hugh Van Schaick, Qulity

Judges Special Mentions

Clifford How, After the Rains 3

Hyun-Hee Lee, 108 Defilements 3



In 2016, there are four different entry categories; including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and 3D works. The major prize is worth $10,000 cash and is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. The winning work will be permanently acquired by Hornsby Shire Council.

Hornsby Shire Council also offers the Hornsby Emerging Artist Award as part of the Hornsby Art Prize. This is only open to emerging artists over the age of eighteen who are resident in Hornsby Shire. An emerging artist is roughly defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form.

The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the artist with the most number of in-exhibition submissions and Facebook likes for the artists work.

2016 Prizes

Award Acquisitive Prize value Prize
Hornsby Art Prize Yes $10,055
  • $10,000 cash
  • $55 Hornsby Art Society Membership
Hornsby Emerging Artist Award No $2,555
  • A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2017 – worth approximately $1500
  • $500 voucher, The Art Scene West Ryde
  • $500 voucher, Christies Design Framing
  • $55 Hornsby Art Society Membership
People’s Choice Winner No $805
  • $250 cash
  • $200 Voucher for Bed and Breakfast at Ibis Thornleigh
  • $55 Hornsby Art Society Membership
  • $300 Voucher for Christies Design Framing
Judges Special Mention No $100
  • $100 Voucher, Christies Design Framing
Judges Special Mention No $100
  • $100 Voucher, Christies Design Framing
Total prize pool worth   $13,615  

2016 Panel of Judges

The Hornsby Art Prize is subject to a two part adjudication process, to encourage rigor and objectivity in decision-making

A panel of three visual arts professionals is called to together to adjudicate the prize. Each Judge is sent a copy of the database of submitted artworks (artists personal details are not included on this database), so that they may review the entries and decide on the finalists to be exhibited. Their selections are then compared with the other two Judges’ selections. Only works that have been unanimously chosen are included in the exhibition.

Once the exhibition has been hung, the Judges are invited to view the finalists’ art works. They view the exhibition separately and then come together to discuss the prize winners. Prizes are awarded based on the unanimous or majority decision of the panel of Judges. Judges are paid an honorary fee in appreciation of their time and expertise.


NICK VICKERS - Independent art curator

KAREN BALL - Prominent printmaker and printmaking teacher

JACQUELINE SCHULTZ - Professional arts administrator

Important dates for participating artists

  • Monday 27 June - Entries open
  • Sunday 18 September - Entries close
  • Wednesday 26 October - Artists informed of inclusion in the exhibition, providing two weeks advanced notice to submit works
  • Friday 11 November - Courier drop off for artworks
  • Sunday 13 November - Drop off for artworks between 5pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17 November - Exhibition is open to the public
  • Sunday 19 November - Exhibition award night, from 6pm
  • Sunday 27 November - Exhibition closes - bump out 5pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 29 November - Courier collection

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information about the 2016 Hornsby Art Prize, please check the Frequently Asked Questions, alternatively contact Council’s Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6893.


Project partner:

Hornsby Art Society