Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2018 – finalists announced


We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 17th Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

This year saw a record number of artists submitting works. After a stimulating day of shortlisting, the judges have selected 37 artworks from a total pool of 194. The judges for this year’s prize are Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director, Strategy & Engagement, Sydney Living Museums; Bronwyn Coulston, Unit Manager – Arts & Culture, Shoalhaven City Council; Deborah Ely AM, CEO, Bundanon Trust; and Lisa Havilah, Director, Carriageworks.

The final judging will take place at Meroogal with the winners announced at the exhibition opening on Saturday 22 September at 10.30am.

Works chosen as finalists will be exhibited onsite, woven throughout and outside the house in an exhibition that unfolds gradually as you wander through the rooms and garden.

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize has been run by Sydney Living Museums (SLM) since 1998. Artists are encouraged to create works that respond to the architecture, stories and collection at Meroogal (built 1885), a ‘Carpenter Gothic’ style house in Nowra that was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families. The prize continues SLM’s collaborative tradition of inviting contemporary artists into our places.

The entries for the 2018 prize are very strong and demonstrate a high level of engagement with the property and its sense of place. This year has seen artworks submitted in a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, digital works, textiles and photography.

Curator Joanna Nicholas says of this year’s entries:

we have seen an unprecedented number of artworks of a very high quality. The Prize celebrates the achievements and creativity of female artists, and pays tribute to the lives of four generations of women who made Meroogal their home. SLM looks forward to sharing this special exhibition, our seventeenth, in this very special place.

Back this year by popular demand is the People’s Choice Award ($500 and SLM Membership), allowing visitors to the exhibition to vote for their favourite work. The People’s Choice Award will be announced during the International Women’s Day awards ceremony held on Saturday 9 March 2019.

The exhibition will run from 22 September 2018 to 30 March 2019.

List of finalists

2018 Prizes

  • 1st Prize: $7000, SLM Membership, and a Bundanon Trust artist-in-residence scholarship

  • 2nd Prize: $3000 and SLM Membership

  • Highly Commended Award: SLM Membership and solo exhibition opportunity at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra



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