North Sydney Art Prize 2022


Exhibition:  14-29 May 2022

There were 110 contemporary artworks displayed across the grounds and in the tunnels of the historic Coal Loader site.


Awards Winners

Major Open Award                                        $20,000

Alyson Bell - The Twilight Hour

(sponsor North Sydney Council)


Award for Sculpture                                     $12,000

Stevie Fieldsend - Still (once trees) 

(sponsor North Sydney Council)


Site Specific Award                                        $5,000                             

Saskia Everingham - Phoenix Trees 

(sponsor Australian Catholic University)


Emerging Artist Award                                  $2,000

Ryan Andrew Lee - Wonnarua 

(sponsor North Sydney Council)


Work on/with Paper Award                            $1,000

Ariella Friend - Where the great brown rocks are grand  

(sponsor Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre)


Award for Drawing                                         $1,000

Sylvia Griffin - Material Palimpsest

(sponsor Royal Art Society of NSW)


Selection Panel

Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Director, Parramatta Artists’ Studios

Bronwyn Tuohy, Public Art and Placemaking Leader, Inner West Council

Susan Milne, Artist, Curator, Co Founder and Director, Eramboo Artist Environment


Exhibition Manager & Curator

A/Team Leader Arts & Culture, North Sydney Council 9936 8100



This transformed industrial site provided a unique backdrop for visitors to experience a broad range of artworks: from immersive, site-specific installations within the atmospheric underground chambers and tunnels, to sculptures dotted throughout the picturesque parklands through to paintings, works on paper and multimedia works displayed in the historic Cottage and workshops.

The 2022 curatorial theme encouraged artists to consider the overarching principles of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. In response to the curatorial theme, selected artworks explored sustainability and the environment with many addressing the impacts of climate change and consumerism, as well as responding to the inspiring natural and industrial elements of the site and surrounds.




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