Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2018 exhibition

The 2018 Meroogal Women's Art Prize exhibition has now closed

You can view a list of the winners on this page, along with an image gallery of all the finalists’ art works. Sign up to our eNews to keep updated on what’s happening at Meroogal and our other houses and museums.

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity and achievements of female artists across NSW, and pays tribute to the four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years.

The work of 35 female artists is exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal and its garden and grounds, throwing new light on the stories of the people who lived there and the house’s rich collection of objects.

Take a guided tour of the house and exhibition, vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Awards and leave your mark on the progressive 'Water picnic' outdoor installation.


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

Tamara Dean, Transience, photograph 

Transience depicts the ever-present, ever-changing play of light and shadow across the house. Judge Lisa Havilah commented: ‘Tamara has perfectly captured the changing beauty and histories of Meroogal. The shadow cast by banksia rose so beautifully represents the interconnectedness of the house and its gardens’.

2nd Prize: $3000 and SLM membership

Kim Davies, Carpet moth, hessian, cotton fabric, woollen and cotton yarn, wire, upholstery tacks

Carpet moth pays tribute to the industriousness of the people who lived here, and to the role of the museum, attempting to still the corruption of time, dust and moths so that we may glance back into the women’s everyday lives.

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

Beth Norling, not all things are washed away, soap, ink

Alluding to the loss of the family’s possessions in a devastating 1860 flood at Terara, this work depicts objects that remain at Meroogal and imagines the moments that are forever gone.

$500 and SLM membership. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the International Women’s Day awards ceremony held at Meroogal in March 2019.



List of finalists

22 September 2018 - 30 March 2019

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 gallery

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