Sydney Living Museums is proud to present the biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize exhibition, now in its 18th year. Inspired by our 2020 themes of community, connection and impact, we’re delighted to be celebrating the achievements and creativity of female artists across NSW. The prize pays tribute to the four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years.

Artists across NSW were invited to create works that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. In their selection of finalists from hundreds of entries, our judges looked for artworks that cast new light on the stories of the people who lived here, and the house’s rich and diverse collection of treasures.

The work of the 40 finalists was exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal from 19 September 2020 until 17 April 2021. 


The 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize winners are:

  • 1st prize - SARAH GOFFMAN Blue willow (plastic, permanent marker, clay)
  • 2nd prize - SASSY PARK Garden play set (ceramic, wood, found object)
  • Highly Commended - JULIE PATERSON A dozen modest fancies (printed linen, vintage chair)
  • People's Choice Award - ANNA LOCHTENBERG WILLIAMS Shadows of the Day (assemblage)


This exhibition has now closed.

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Gallery of finalists

Artworks on sideboard

Media release

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 Winners’ AnnouncementWednesday 23 September 2020

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity of female artists in NSW. The 2020 Winners were announced at a modest event at the Meroogal house museum.

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