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Hornsby Art Prize

Clifford How - Forgotten Pond 2The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Hornsby Art Prize is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of people and providing a showcase for their works. The prize is open to artists from across Australia and its goals are to;

  • Identify and celebrate outstanding local artists
  • Promote and encourage the local emerging artists in Hornsby Shire
  • Position the work of Hornsby Shire artists within the wider context of the Australian contemporary art environment
  • Encourage artists to aspire to excellence
  • Increase awareness of culture and the Visual Arts within the region
  • Recognise the contribution that the visual arts make towards a vibrant, healthy community

Image credit: Clifford How - Forgotten Pond II

The Hornsby Art Prize includes five different entry categories; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D works and Digital Art - Stills. The major prize is worth $10,000 cash and is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council.  Eligible entrants will be considered for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards.

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

Celebrating 10 years of the Hornsby Art Prize

In 2019, Hornsby Shire Council and the Hornsby Art Society are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hornsby Art Prize. The prize has changed significantly over the past ten years. From a prize with 4 categories, a major prize worth $5000.00 and delivered in a community centre, to the prize it is today; delivered over two sites, (including its home site at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre), with 5 categories, a $10,000 major prize and a $13,000 commitment to the supporting prizes.

These changes have been implemented in response to the goals of the Hornsby Art Prize. Find out more about how the changes respond to the goals.

More information on the history of the Hornsby Art Prize.

Hornsby Shire Council and the Hornsby Art Society wish to thank the artists who have participated in the prize over the past ten years. Without their creativity, the prize would not be making the exciting and vibrant contribution to the Hornsby Shire community that it is.

Entries are now open. All information regarding entry into the Hornsby Art Prize can be found in the Hornsby Art Prize Conditions of Entry.

Enter now

Entries close midnight, Saturday 3 August 2019.

There are five different entry categories: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D Works and Digital Art - Stills. The major prize of $10,000 is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. The Prize is non-acquisitive.

Hornsby Shire Council also offers two awards as part of the Hornsby Art Prize, designed to celebrate, encourage and support the local visual arts community; the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.

The Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award is only open to emerging artists 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.

Entry to the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award is open to all artists resident in Hornsby Shire. Artists need to nominate to be considered for these awards via the online entry form.

2019 Prizes

Award

Acquisitive

Prize value

Prize

Hornsby Art Prize

No

$10,060

$10,000 cash
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award

No

$4060

$3000 cash
A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2020 – worth approximately $1000
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist

No

$4060

$3000 cash
A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2020 – worth approximately $1000
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Painting

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Printmaking

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Drawing

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner – 3D works

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner – Digital Art - Stills

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

People’s Choice Winner

No

$310

$250 cash
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

The 2019 Hornsby Art Prize Adjudication Panel is currently being finalised.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held at two locations in the Hornsby Town Centre from Wednesday 16 – Sunday 27 October:

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby

Open: 10am-4pm daily
On exhibition: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing and 3D Works

Hornsby Central Library

28-44 George St, Hornsby

Open: Monday to Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 9.30am-5pm, Sunday: 2pm-5pm
On exhibition: Digital Art - Stills

The Award Night will be held on Saturday 19 October from 6pm at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre. Attendance is free, registration essential.

Reserve Tickets

Entries open - Wednesday 01 May

Entries close - Saturday 03 August

Finalist’s announce - Wednesday 18 September

Digital Art – Stills courier/artist drop-off - 10am-4pm, Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October

Courier drop off for non-digital artworks - 10am-4pm, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October

Main drop off for artworks - 5pm - 7pm, Sunday 13 October

Exhibition opens to public - Wednesday 16 – Sunday 27 October

Award Night - 6pm, Saturday 19 October

Exhibition de-installation and collection -  5pm – 7pm, Sunday 27 October

Courier collection - 10am-4pm, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October

Project partner

Hornsby Art Society

Presented as part of the 2019 Festival of the Arts