The Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021


A reminder to all local Artists that the Hawkesbury Art Prize closes at 5:00pm on Wednesday, 8th September 2021.

The Opening Event and Awards will be on Saturday, 9th October 2021. It will be opened by Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman.

The Hawkesbury Art Prize Inc. is a non-acquisitive art award originally established in 2011 operating as a not for profit event run by an incorporated committee of dedicated volunteers.

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1st Prize, The Hawkesbury Art Prize: $10,000 plus 2 week art residency at Glenhuntly Estate, Kurrajong

Highly Commended: $1,000 plus 2 week art residency at Glenhuntly Estate, Kurrajong.

Highly Commended (Hawkesbury Resident): $1,000

4 x Commended: Minor prize attached to this award

Packers Prize’ (selected by committee): $500

The art prize is for a painting or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. Artists are invited to respond to the concept of contemporary identity in Australian life. Accordingly, the theme often helps artists explain the rapidly changing environment in which they live, or, conversely, promotes diverse portrayals of history, landscape, and ways of seeing.

The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art in the Hawkesbury/Western Sydney region and increase awareness of art and cultural activity, to the mutual benefit of community, artists and students. Profits have led to the establishment of financial scholarship for talented and aspirational young artists in the region.

The Prize attracts a national audience and high profile participants to the Hawkesbury region, embracing the cultural and economic environment of the community. Around 40 – 50 finalists are invited to exhibit and sell their work at the Opening Exhibition, which follows the announcement of winners.

We look forward to seeing the exhibition in October.

2015 Winner Hiren Patel “Winter Light Sydney”


2019 Winner Ben Tankard “Aussie As 2”


2011 Winner: Naomi Grant “Beachscape”





Hawkesbury Art Prize – Entries close September 8th 2021