Winners announced

Sydney Living Museums is proud to announce the three winners of the 2016 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

Thanks to the generosity of the Sydney Living Museums Foundation the prize pool for the prize is $10,000. The winner of the first prize was awarded $6000 as well as a coveted artist residency at the Bundanon Trust:

First prize - $6000 and artist-in-residency placement at Bundanon Trust

Linda Dening, Tomboye

wood, hair

Second prize - $3000

Vita Cochran, Sydney

Meroogal sampler
hand-embroidered wool on linen

Third prize - $1000

Lisa Maris McDonell, Wollongong

Women’s work

Highly Commended:

Amaya Lang, Resonance, glazed ceramic, enamel

Judy Panucci, Time shroud, mixed media, drawing, writing, ink, gouache, stitching, collage

Kathleen Ciclovan, On the way to Meroogal, patchwork tapestry quilt

The winners were announced at the opening of the exhibition held at Meroogal on Friday 23 September 2016.

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director Curatorial & Public Engagement at Sydney Living Museums stated that:

... the 2016 prize drew entries of a very high calibre with a diverse range of media represented, including photography, video, ceramics, paper, collage, textiles and assemblage. We are delighted that over half of the finalists are from the local region.

Deborah Ely, a judge and CEO of Bundanon Trust said of the prize:

Bundanon is delighted to host the recipient of the MWAP in our Artist in Residence program. This important prize recognises outstanding women artists from across New South Wales. The residency provides them with an opportunity to further develop their practice alongside their national and international peers.

The 40 works shortlisted and selected for the exhibition are on display throughout the house.

The judges for this years prize were Penelope Seidler AM, Directror of Harry Seidler & Associates, Deborah Ely, CEO Bundanon Trust, Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks, Bronwyn Coulston, Arts & Culture Manager, Shoalhaven City Art Centre and Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director Curatorial & Public Engagement at Sydney Living Museums.

24 September 2016 - 28 January 2017


Free with museum entry

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Additional openings: Thursday to Saturday during NSW public school holidays

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About the exhibition

Women artists from across NSW have created works in response to Nowra’s historic Meroogal house museum for this year’s Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

The 2016 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, now in its 16th year, will once again be exhibited at Meroogal, our house museum and garden in Nowra. The Art Prize pays tribute to the four generations of women from the Thorburn and MacGregor families who lived at the property for almost 100 years. Female artists from NSW have been invited to create works that respond to the house, its garden and collection, exploring Meroogal’s sense of place.

2016 Finalists

This year’s exhibition features 40 works by artists from across the state. Artworks range from painting, ceramics, sculpture, video and textile works, providing a creative and thought-provoking view of Meroogal’s story and history.

The 2016 finalists are: