Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Sydney Living Museums is proud to present the biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, 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 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 will be exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal from 19 September 2020 to 17 April 2021.

Winners will be announced on 23 September 2020.

2020 prizes

  • 1st Prize: $7000, Sydney Living Museums membership, and a Bundanon Trust artist-in-residence scholarship*
  • 2nd Prize: $3000 and Sydney Living Museums membership
  • Highly Commended Award: Sydney Living Museums membership and solo exhibition opportunity at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra**
  • People’s Choice Award: $500 and Sydney Living Museums Membership (to be announced at the close of the exhibition)

* The two-week residency must be taken between July and December 2021.

** Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, will provide an encouragement award for a highly commended artist consisting of a solo show at the gallery in 2021–22, with the exact time to be arranged in discussion with the artist. The award will consist of an exhibition in one of the community galleries with the total value being up to $1300.


The judges for this year’s prize are:

  • Bronwyn Coulston, Unit Manager – Arts & Culture, Shoalhaven City Council
  • Deborah Ely AM, CEO, Bundanon Trust
  • Anne Ferran, visual artist
  • Sharon Veale, Partner and Chief Executive of GML Heritage and SLM Trustee.

Opens 19 September 2020

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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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