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GCS Art Award 2018

2018 Art Award


2018 Grace Cossington Smith art award winner Catherine O'Donnell with 2016 winner Mark Titmarsh

GCS Art Award_Media release_2018.pdf

GCS Art Award Catalogue on ISSUU


Alison Clark, Team Leader Arts & Culture at North Sydney Council; and Dominik Mersch, Dominik Mersch Gallery Rushcutters Bay

Catherine O'Donnell was announced as the recipient of the Grace Cossington Smith art award.


Catherine O'Donnell Yates Court, pencil on paper, 46 x 65 cm, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE

Stephen Hall is the recipient of the Local artist award


Stephen Hall  Asking Answers Revealing Questions Punctuating with Sighs (suite of 10 etchings  etching, aquatint, 37 x 30 cm each, courtesy the artist 

Jane Théau is the recipient of the Early Career artist award

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Jane Théau  In Touch (Screens 1), thread and tarlatan, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy the artist  

2018 art award finalists

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2018_GCS art award Media release.pdf

2018 Exhibition Views













Photographs copright Richard Glover

The Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award 

Entries now CLOSED

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are pleased to announce the Grace Cossington Smith art award has returned as a biennial award.

Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.

The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.

There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner's exhibition in the following year. 

The awards:

  • $15,000 awarded to the winner (acquisitive).
  • $2,500 awarded to an early career artist.
  • $2,500 awarded to a local artist from Hornsby and Kuring-gai area. Sponsored by Susie Stathakis and Di Jones Real estate Wahroonga
  • The winners share a three-week group exhibition at the GCS Gallery in 2019

Key dates:

  • Online entry opens                                4 April 2018
  • Entries close                                     2 September midnight
  • Selected finalists listed on website      27 September 2018
  • Delivery                                               23 to 27 October 2018
  • Exhibition                                              3 to 24 November 2018
  • Opening and award presentation         3 November 2018 3 pm
  • Collection                                            28 November to 1 December 2018


We are also pleased to announce our judges for this year are:

Alison Clark, Team Leader Arts & Culture at North Sydney Council; and Dominik Mersch, Dominik Mersch Gallery Rushcutters Bay


We appreciate the support of 

DiJones_Brandmark_BlueRibbon_RGB.jpg           Susie Stathakis and Di Jones Real Estate Wahroonga

Fuji-Xerox-vector-logo.png  Fuji Xerox Australia

Information about the winners exhibition 2019:
2019_Winners exhibition conditions and dates.pdf

Please read the terms and conditions of entry:

GCS art award 2018 Conditions of Entry.pdf

GCS Art Award

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