Local artist wins 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize


Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce Sharnie Shield, a local artist from Austinmer (NSW), has won the 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize with her work Collars in the afternoon.

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

Sharnie Shield’s winning entry, Collars in the afternoon, is a collection of printed paper collars created using digital photographic collage and inspired by lace and embroidered collars hand-made by the women of Meroogal.

Shield wins a cash prize of $6000 and a prestigious artist's residency at Bundanon Trust.

Another local artist, Linda Dening, from Tomboye (NSW) was awarded the second prize for her work, Let your hair down. Made from hair and wood, the artist was inspired by stories of domestic labour of the women of Meroogal. Denning wins a cash prize of $3000 for her work.

The third prize of $1000 was won by Sydney artist, Nicolette Eisdell for The drawing room at Meroogal, an oil painting depicting the house’s drawing room half lit by dappled sunlight through the curtains.

Sydney Living Museums wishes to thank the artists who have entered their work for this year’s prize. We congratulate the finalists and the three winners for their work which so richly shed light on the many stories of Meroogal and of the women who lived in the house.

The judging panel for the 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize included Deborah Ely, CEO of Bundanon Trust, Anna Corkhill, project curator and Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, assistant director, Creative Services, Sydney Living Museums. 

182 entries were received for the 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize - a record number - with thirty-nine works by thirty-four finalists selected for exhibition in the house, garden and grounds of Meroogal from 20 September 2014 until 25 January 2015.

For the full list of finalists and artworks visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/artprize

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize exhibition 2014

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