Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

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 is exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal until 17 April 2021. 

Visit the house and make sure to vote for your favourite artwork in the People's Choice Awards. Pre-book your tickets now.


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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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