The Grace Cossington Smith art award


03 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway
Wahroonga, NSW, Australia

Mary Faith

Mary Faith

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The Grace Cossington Smith art award 
Opening and award presentations – Saturday 3 November 2018, 2-4 pm
Exhibition of finalists – 3 to 24 November 2018

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are pleased to announce the Grace Cossington Smith art award has returned as a biennial award.

Every two years, submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections. 

The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.

The awards:

  • $15,000 awarded to the winner (acquisitive). 
  • $2,500 awarded to an early career artist. 
  • $2,500 awarded to a local artist from Hornsby and Kuring-gai area. Sponsored by Susie Stathakis and Di Jones Real estate Wahroonga
  • The winners will share a three-week group exhibition at the GCS Gallery in 2019

At the end of September, the 37 2018 shortlisted works (from 375 entries) were announced. The awards will be determined by guest judges Alison Clark, Team Leader, Arts & Culture, at North Sydney Council, and Dominic Mersch, Dominic Mersch Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, and announced on Saturday 3 November 2018 at the exhibition opening, from 2-4 pm.

List of finalists:

Lyndall Beck, NSW
Yvonne Boag, NSW
Julie Brooke, ACT
Penelope Cain, NSW
Tony Carlon, NSW
Tom Carment, NSW
Penny Coss, WA
Julia Davis, NSW
John Edwards, NSW
David Fairbairn, NSW
Kylie Fogarty, ACT
Louise Fowler-Smith, NSW (Old Girl)
Hayley Megan French, NSW
Amanda Fuller, NSW
Jacinta Giles, QLD
Stephen Hall, NSW
Yvette Hamilton, NSW
Amaya Ituri, VIC
Donald Kenner, VIC
Waratah Lahy , ACT
Melinda Le Guay, NSW
Genevieve Loy, NT
Deborah Marks, NSW
Helen Mueller, NSW
Ro Murray, NSW
Adam Norton, NSW
Catherine O’Donnell, NSW
Janet Parker-Smith, NSW
Wendy Sharpe, NSW
Sally Stokes, NSW (Old Girl)
Janet Tavener , NSW
Jane Theau, NSW (Old Girl)
Annabelle Wass, NSW
Nicole Welch, NSW
JP Willis, NSW
Lisa Woolfe, NSW
Tianli Zu, NSW



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