Hornsby Art Prize

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The Hornsby Art Prize is organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. This year, the art prize has an overall prize pool value of $23,000, with the major prize $10,000. Categories include Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Digital Art Stills and Sculpture. The non-acquisitive prize celebrates Australian Contemporary Art and is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years and over. It also celebrates Hornsby Shire residents with the Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award with a prize of $5,000.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby, Friday 20 October until Sunday 5 November 2023.

Winner Hornsby Art Prize $10,000
Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award $5,000 Plus a 12 month membership to Hornsby Art Society valued at $60
Painting Category Award $1,500
Drawing Category Award $1,500
Printmaking Category Award $1,500 category definition
Digital Art Stills Category Award $1,500 category definition
Sculpture Category Award $1,500
People's Choice Winner $500
Entries Open 5 June 2023
Entries Close 5pm, 5 September 2023
Finalists announced15 September 2023
Artwork Drop Off13 – 14 October 2023
Award Ceremony 20 October 2023
Exhibition 20 October to 5 November 2023

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Judge Paul RyanJames Powditch

James Powditch is an acclaimed Australian artist, working in mixed media. He adapts the associated memory or essence of his found objects and fabricates them into his own hybrid ‘functioning’ art forms, which in their essence objectify communication. Powditch picks out the gems like a Bower bird of our modern world - its byproducts of film, text, cartography, and architecture are often influences, if not physically present in his assemblages, continuing to feed his narrative of mindfulness and self-awareness. Aligning an artist’s quintessential need to make with the universal impulse to imbibe photos and objects with memories as markers of existence. Powditch’s wistfully beautiful artworks are the result of a steady and successful exhibiting career. He has been a finalist nine times in the Archibald Prize, eleven times in the Wynne Prize, six times in the Sulman Prize, twice in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and he has won the Mosman Art Prize and the Blake Prize.

Powditch is represented by Nanda Hobbs, Sydney.

Artist Nicole MatherNicole Mather

Nicole Mather is a Senior Visual Effects Artist, specialising in concept art and environment production. She has over 20 years’ digital production experience creating 2D/3D environments, characters and artwork for Australian and international films and television. Working in the Film and Television industry has taken her around the world, living on location, for various productions. She has worked with numerous award-winning studios including DreamWorks Animation, Weta Digital, and Animal Logic on films including Avatar, The Matrix Reloaded, Moulin Rouge, Hacksaw Ridge and many more. While predominantly a digital artist, her experience with the traditional arts of painting and illustrating are the foundation for her work in Visual Effects. She is also a mentor and Lecturer in Visual Effects (VFX) at the school of Art & Design, UNSW, Sydney. Mather’s film credits are on IMDb.

Judge Chris LangloisChris Langlois

Chris Langlois has held over 35 solo exhibitions throughout Australia, been curated into countless group exhibitions and selected as a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Wynne Prize, AGNSW. He has been painting for almost 30 years, and his intense study of the Australian landscape has remained constant and strong. Characterised by subtle shifts of light, his works explore atmospheric skies and seascapes, transcending time and space.

He is represented in many public collections including Bendigo Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Campbelltown Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Maitland City Art Gallery, Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery (Port Macquarie), Parliament House, Canberra, The University of Newcastle, University of Technology, Sydney, Artbank, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. Langlois is represented by Olsen Gallery, Sydney.


Phone: 9847 4817
Email: arts@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

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