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



Submit your online entry for the Hornsby Art Prize 2016. Entries close midnight, Sunday 18 September 2016.

To complete the entry you will need a credit card, a jpeg photo of your work (sculpture entries may present two photos of their work) and all the details of your artwork. All jpeg files need to be saved in the following title style: surname_firstname_titleofartwork_1or 2.jpg

Entry is open to permanent Australian residents over the age of sixteen. Artists may enter a maximum of three artworks in any category. A separate entry will need to be completed for each work.

Cost: $26.00 per entry

Hornsby Art Prize Conditions of Entry - 138kb


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.

2015 Prizes



Prize value


Hornsby Art Prize



$10,000 cash
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Hornsby Emerging Artist Award



A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2015 – worth approximately $1500
$1000 voucher TBC
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

People’s Choice Winner



$250 cash
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Total prize pool worth




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.


The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists Exhibition

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists Exhibition will be held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby from Thursday 17 November through to Sunday 27 November.

The Award and Opening Night will be held on Saturday 19 November 2016 from 6pm. It is free to attend, however registration is essential. To register visit https://www.trybooking.com/LRFM

Exhibition opening hours
Monday – Sunday, 10am-4pm


Important dates for participating artists

  • Monday 27 June - Entries open
  • Sunday 18 September - Entries close
  • Friday 28 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


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