Hornsby Art Prize 2014 winners

Hornsby Art Prize Winner
Ruby Jackson – Balmain

Hornsby Emerging Artist
Jan Elizabeth Foskett - Carla and Greg

Denise Lithgow - The Link

Sally West – Bin night, Queenscliff Road

Michelle Heibel – Nine
Michelle was also awarded the Brenda May Gallery Pick

Helen Brancatisano – Madrid

Judges Special Mention
Joshua Simpson - Wimboweh

Hornsby Art Prize

Hornsby Art Prize 2014

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.


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 Wednesday 20 November through to Sunday 30 November.

The Award and Opening Night will be held on Saturday 22 November 2014 from 6pm. It is free to attend, however registration is essential. Please note - this event is now fully booked.


Exhibition opening hours

Monday – Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday – Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am-4pm


2014 Hornsby Art Prize Finalists

The list of 2014 Hornsby Art Prize finalists can be found here


Information for finalists

Delivering your work

All artworks selected for exhibition must be delivered to the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre on Sunday 16 November between 6pm-9pm. Unless specifically arranged prior with the Arts/Cultural Development Officer, works will not be accepted at any other time. Only artworks selected for exhibition will be accepted at the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre. Commercial Couriers may prearrange to deliver artworks on Friday 14 November between 9am and 5pm by calling 9847 6893.

Please note that all delivery and collection costs are the responsibility of the artist and that works not delivered at the designated time will be ineligible for exhibition and disqualified from final adjudication.


Collecting your work

Artists must collect their work on Sunday 30 November from Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre from 5pm-8pm. Commercial Couriers may prearrange to collect artworks on Monday 01 December between 9am and 5pm by calling the Arts Officer on 9847 6893. Works not collected at the advised date/time can only be collected by calling 9847 6893. Uncollected works will attract a fee of $15.00 per artwork, per week following the collection date. Works not collected by Friday 12 December 2014 will be disposed of at the discretion of Hornsby Shire Council.



In 2014, there are four different entry categories; including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Sculpture. The major prize is worth $5000 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.



Prize value


Hornsby Art Prize



$5000 cash
$1000 voucher for the Gallery System
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Hornsby Emerging Artist Award



$1000 cash
A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2015 – worth approximately $1000
$1000 worth of tuition provided by the Sydney Art School
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Painting



$800 cash
$250 voucher
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner – Printmaking



$800 cash
$250 voucher
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Drawing



$800 cash
$250 voucher
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Sculpture



$800 cash
$250 voucher
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

In exhibition - People’s Choice Winner



$150 cash
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Facebook People’s Choice Winner



$150 cash
$55 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Total prize pool worth






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 majority or 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. For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 93kb).


2014 Panel of Judges

In 2014, the Hornsby Art Prize will be judged by Ms Brenda May, Mr Leo Robba and Mr Rew Hanks, who is returning from last year. Please find information below about each judge. For more detailed information, click on their names to be directed to their websites.

Ms Brenda May

Brenda May is a Sydney based curator and gallery owner. Brenda established Access Gallery in Sydney in 1985 to support emerging Australian artists. The Gallery moved to the Danks Street complex when it opened in 2001 and represents a select group of established and emerging artists working in a wide range of media.

Mr Leo Robba

Leo Robba is an artist, writer, curator and art expedition leader. He has had over thirty solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and has taken part in a number of group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Leo’s work is represented in many private and public collections and he currently represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.

Mr Rew Hanks

Rew Hanks is a multi-award winning printmaker, lecturer and writer. He has had seventeen solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. Rew’s work is widely collected and he is currently represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney.


Important dates for the 2014 Hornsby Art Prize:

Friday 01 August
Entries open
Monday 13 October Entries close
Thursday 16 October entries to judges
Monday 27 October last day for judges to respond
Friday 31 October Artists informed of inclusion in the exhibition, providing two weeks advanced notice to submit works
Friday 14 November Drop off for artworks
Sunday 16 November Drop off for artworks
Thursday 20 November Sunday 30 November - Exhibition is open to the public
Saturday 22 November Exhibition award night, from 6:00pm
Sunday 30 November Exhibition closes - bump out 5pm-8pm
Monday 01 December Courier collection


Frequently Asked Questions

For further information about the 2014 Hornsby Art Prize, please check the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 93kb), alternatively contact Council’s Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6893.


Project partner:

Hornsby Art Society


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