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Grace Cossington Smith art award 2021

The Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award 2021

Thank you for entering the 2021 Grace Cossington Smith art award. This year we received entries from over 400 artists.

We would like to let you know that we have postponed the exhibition of finalist works until February 2022. We have done this so that artists anywhere in the country have the greatest opportunity to get their work to the exhibition and hopefully can visit Sydney for the announcement of the winner and to see the show.


Revised dates:

  • Selected finalists listed on website       25 November 2021
  • Delivery                                                 7, 8, 9 December 2021  or                                                                                  18, 19   January 2022
  • Exhibition                                              5 to 26 February 2022
  • Opening and award presentation          5 February 2022
  • Collection                                              1 to 4 March 2022

2021 Judges

Katrina Cashman, Gallery Manager & Senior Curator at the National Art School 

Oliver Watts, Senior Curator of Artbank, Sydney and artist


Submissions are NOW CLOSED.

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 Ku-ring-gai area. 
  • The winners share a three-week group exhibition at the GCS Gallery in 2022

Key dates:

  • Online entry opens                                1 March 2021
  • Entries close                                      29 August 2021 midnight
  • Selected finalists listed on website      25 September 2021
  • Delivery                                                26 to 30 October 2021
  • Exhibition                                              6 November to 4 December 2021
  • Opening and award presentation         6 November 2021
  • Collection                                              7 to 11 December 2021

Announcements and exhibition dates may require adjustment in line with future Covid-19 restrictions. The GCS art award will not be an on-line exhibition only.

Please read the Conditions of Entry before filling in the form.

GCS art award_conditions of entry.pdf

We look forward to your entry.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 Entry form supports all MODERN browsers (e.g. recent releases of Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari). Legacy browsers like Internet Explorer are NOT supported.


If you are unable to access the online entry form (preferred) please complete the pdf form and email to gcsgallery@abbotsleigh.nsw.edu.au                                             Payment details are at the end of the form.

GCS art award_application.pdf


The Judges:

Judges for the 2021 GCS gallery Art Award are Katrina Cashman, Gallery Manager & Senior Curator at the National Art School and Dr Oliver Watts, Senior Curator of Artbank.

Katrina Cashman is the Gallery Manager and Senior Curator at the National Art School Sydney. Formerly she was the Assistant Director/Senior Curator at the Mosman Regional Art Gallery where she was responsible for the curatorial excellence of their Gallery program, public program delivery and audience engagement. Cashman has curated 45 major exhibitions across the gallery and museum sector in Australia and in Indonesia and has extensive networks within the Australian and International art industry.

Dr Oliver Watts is the Senior Curator of Artbank Sydney. He holds an MFA in painting, and a PhD in art history and jurisprudence, from the University of Sydney. Watts was a lecturer at SCA, University of Sydney, between 2011-2017.  As a contemporary artist he has been a finalist in many prizes including the Archibald Prize and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship. His work is held in the National Museum of Australia, Artbank and the Reserve Bank collections. Watts was a founding member of the Chaser as a cartoonist and illustrator and he is represented by Chalk Horse Gallery and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne.




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