Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce a record number of entries have been received for the biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

Judges have selected 34 finalists from a field of 185 entries for this year’s prize, with the three winners to be announced at 2pm on Saturday 20 September 2014 at Meroogal in Nowra.

The three winners will receive prizes valued at $10,000 as well as an artist in residency opportunity at Bundanon Trust for the first prize winner.

The finalists’ works will be exhibited in the house, garden and grounds of this historic house from 20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015.  To celebrate the opening of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2014, Meroogal will be open for extended hours during the Spring school holidays, from 10.30am – 3.30pm daily on Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 September, and also Tuesday 30 September – Saturday 4 October.

This year’s exhibition features 39 works by 34 artists from across the state. 20 of the artists are based in the local South Coast and Southern Highlands region, 10 are based in the Sydney metropolitan area and four are based in regional NSW including the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains area.  Artworks range from photography, installation, print, ceramics, painting and sound and provide a new lens through which to view Meroogal’s story and history.

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a non-acquisitive art prize established to celebrate the creativity of female artists of NSW. The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize invites female artists to respond to the house museum’s history, stories and fascinating collection and create artworks that reflect Meroogal, a house that was handed down through four generations of women from one local family.

Click here for full list of finalists and exhibition details.

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