Jacek Wankowski
Kevin Norton
Ingrid Morley
Richard Byrnes and Adam Galea
David Hashimoto and Gabrielle Bates
Gloria Florez
Miho Watanabe
Janet Tavener
Louis Pratt
Gloria Florez




North Sydney Art Prize 2017

Exhibition Dates 11-26 March 2017

Venue The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton


The North Sydney Art Prize is a major biennial arts event which showcases some of the best in contemporary art with indoor and outdoor works by emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Australia.

There were 88 finalists selected from an astonishing 360 entries - paintings, works on paper, sculpture, installations and digital works were exhibited in the Caretakers Cottage, artist studio, workshop, mess hall, tunnels, chambers and throughout the surrounding parklands at the iconic Coal Loader in Waverton.

This was the first time nine chambers located next to Tunnel One were used to exhibit site-specific and digital works. The chambers and tunnels offered a unique experience for both artists and visitors.

The exhibition period included a Public Program of artist talks and free community art workshops, offering a range of creative opportunities for all ages. 


Winners and Catalogue 

North Sydney Art Prize Winners 2017

North Sydney Art Prize Catalogue 2017 (7MB)


2017 Curatorial Theme

Artists have responded to the 2017 curatorial theme outlined in The North Sydney Art Prize Brief (194KB). The curatorial theme embraces innovation and encourages artists to consider the overarching principles of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. 


2017 Selection Panel

Dr Oliver Watts, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Monica McMahon, Art Curator, Western Sydney University Art Collection, Western Sydney University.

Cassandra Hard Lawrie, Artist and Independent Curator.


2017 Exhibition Manager and Site Curator

Alison Clark, Team Leader Arts & Culture, North Sydney Council.


Award Categories

Prizes to the value of $32,500

Council would like to welcome a new sponsor in 2017. DEXUS Property Group has come on board to sponsor the Award for Sculpture to the value of $10,000.


Major Open Award
sponsored by North Sydney Council


Award for Sculpture

sponsored by DEXUS Property Group


Site Specific Award
sponsored by Australian Catholic University


Work on/with Paper Award

sponsored by Primrose Park Arts & Craft Centre Inc.


Award for Painting

sponsored by Mosman Art Society Inc.


Emerging Artist Award
sponsored by North Sydney Council


Award for Drawing
sponsored by Royal Art Society of NSW



North Sydney Council sponsors two categories including the Major Open Award and Emerging Artist Award. All entries are eligible for the Major Open Award. Council gratefully acknowledges the support of local businesses for their continuing sponsorship of The North Sydney Art Prize.

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