North Sydney Art Prize 2019





Entries close 31 October 2018

Prizes to the value of $47,500


Exhibition Dates:  2-17 March 2019

Venue: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton 2060

 The Coal Loader North Sydney Art Prize exhibition site map (451KB)

The North Sydney Art Prize is a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art by artists across Australia.

The indoor and outdoor works will be selected for exhibition 2-17 March 2019 at the iconic Coal Loader in Waverton. Selected works will be exhibited in the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Workshop, Mess Hall, Platform, Tunnels 1 & 2, newly refurbished Chambers, and throughout the Coal Loader site and surrounding parklands. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.


Entries Now Open 

Applications will be accepted only using the online application form linked below.

Artists are required to read the North Sydney Art Prize 2019 Conditions of Entry (587KB) before submitting an application. If submitting a proposal for an installation, please include images of previous works, if applicable. If submitting a proposal for a sculpture or installation a site visit is recommended, however Tunnel 1 and the adjacent chambers are closed to the public and accessible by appointment only. Contact the Exhibition Manager & Site Curator for access times.




2019 Curatorial Theme

The curatorial theme outlined in The North Sydney Art Prize 2019 Brief (577KB) , embraces innovation and encourages artists to consider the overarching principles of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.


2019 Selection Panel

Dr Therese Kenyon, Artist, Curator, Arts Writer and Director Eramboo Artist Environment
Dr Kath Fries, Artist, Curator and Founder & Chair John Fries Award
Jenny Cheeseman, Head of Curatorial, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

2019 Exhibition Manager & Site Curator

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


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.


Award Categories

Major Open Award
sponsored by North Sydney Council


Award for Sculpture

sponsored by Dexus


Site Specific Award
sponsored by Australian Catholic University


Emerging Artist Award
sponsored by North Sydney Council


Work on/with Paper Award

sponsored by Primrose Park Arts & Craft Centre Inc.


Award for Painting

sponsored by Mosman Art Society Inc.


Award for Drawing
sponsored by Royal Art Society of NSW



Coal Loader Chambers
To view imagery of the Coal Loader Chambers check the videography from ‘The Red Project’


Coal Loader Site Photos





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For information contact Alison Clark, or phone 9936 8187

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