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Australian art. Any medium. All women.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition conducted by Ravenswood School for Girls that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure.  

There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must align with the annual theme. The 2018 theme is ‘RESILIENCE’. The winner of the Professional Artist Prize will receive $35,000, making it Australia’s richest professional art prize for women . The winner of the Emerging Artist Prize will receive $5,000.

2018 Entries have now closed Terms and Conditions

If you have any questions or feedback, please email artprize@ravenswood.nsw.edu.au

Prize categories

Professional Artist Prize

  • Prize Value $35,000
  • Open to female Australian citizens and permanent residents over 18 years as at 1 February 2018 who identify as professional artists. 
  • This is an acquisitive prize, requiring the winner to donate the artwork to Ravenswood School for Girls.
  • The recipient will also be awarded the opportunity to hold a one week exhibition at Ravenswood School for Girls in conjunction with the recipient of the Emerging Artist Prize. This exhibition will coincide with the annual welcome drinks event of the School in February of the following year.
  • Artworks must be for sale.

Emerging Artist Prize

  • Prize Value: $5,000
  • Open to female Australian citizens and permanent residents, over 18 years as at 1 February 2018.
  • This is an acquisitive prize, requiring the winner to donate the artwork to Ravenswood School for Girls.
  • The recipient will be invited to participate in a joint exhibition with the recipient of the Professional Artist Prize under their mentorship. This exhibition will coincide with the annual welcome drinks event of the School in February of the following year.
  • Artworks must be for sale.

Congratulating our 2018 Winners


The 2018 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Professional Artist Prize of $35,000 has been won by Sydney artist, Angela Tiatia for her digital work, The Fall, a masterful video work which deals with the collapse of society during wartime. Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, a painter from Hobart has won the Emerging Artist's Prize of $5,000 for her intriguing and beautifully painted work, Marooned, resembling in part a traditional colonial landscape with a curious insertion.

Ravenswood Principal, Mrs Anne Johnstone says the school is extremely proud to celebrate the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize for the second year.

‘It is our hope that this Art Prize will give female artists across Australia a greater platform for their creative expression and a greater opportunity to showcase their works – to be seen and heard, not only in Australia, but around the world. This Art Prize aims to inspire generations of female artists. It also fosters emerging artists through its unique prize structure and mentoring element and provides an unique opportunity for our students to be inspired by the incredible talents of Australian female artists. We are very grateful to our sponsors Stockland, Park West Foundation, Active Networks, The Art Scene, Buildcorp and Clarke Murphy Print for their financial support of the 2018 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize.'

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. From left: Anne Johnstone (Ravenswood Principal), Angela Tiatia (Professional Artist Winner), Edwina Palmer (Judge and Ravenswood Coordinator of Visual Arts), Amber Koroluk-Stephenson (Emerging Artist Winner) and Mark Steinert (Chairman Ravenswood Foundation).

Professional Artist Winner

Winning artwork, “The Fall” by Angela Tiatia

Kathryn Hendy-Ekers (Judge), Anne Johnstone (Ravenswood Principal), Edwina Palmer (Judge and Coordinator of Visual Arts) and Jennifer Turpin (Art Prize Patron and Judge) with the Professional Artist Winning artwork, “The Fall” by Angela Tiatia.

Emerging Artist Winner

Winning artwork, “The Fall” by Angela Tiatia

Emerging Artist Winner, “Marooned” by Amber Koroluk-Stephenson


Finalists catalogue

2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2018 Finalists in the Professional Artist and Emerging Artist categories of the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize. The winner of both categories will be announced at the Opening Night on 15 June 2018 at Ravenswood, Henry Street, Gordon. Thank you to all artists for entering the Art Prize this year and for helping to raise the profile of female artists in Australia.

Professional Artist Prize

First Name Surname Artwork
Lisa Anderson View #1 Mt Hjorthfellen
Lee Bethel Labyrinth
Clare Brodie Woven Leaves
Anna Carey Artwork 1: Green Paradise, Artwork 2: Blue Pearl and Artwork 3: Purple Sage
Angela Casey Cautionary Tales No.1
Danica Chappell Process at Leisure (test strip)
Erin Coates Driving to the Ends of the Earth
Michelle Dawson Malay Stray VI
Tamara Dean Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in Summer, 2017
Tamara Dean Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in Autumn, 2017
Noula Diamantopoulos Loveshouldn'thurt
Adrienne Doig Only Joking (two parts Not Amused /Very Funny)
Agneta Ekholm Semblance
Merran Esson Breaking Boundaries
Dana Falcini Hope is the thing with feathers
Anna Glynn Antipodean Nocturne
Lee Harrop Down Under
Di Holdsworth The Wager
Joy Ivill 'Azzurro'
Cat Jones Scent of Sydney
Juz Kitson You are everything; ripples moving ever outwards
Elizabeth Looker My Son, the Dancer
Camilla Loveridge SPACE AND TIME
Deborah Marks Between Actuality and Possibility
Sally Mayman Emergence
Abbey McCulloch The Echo
Kerry McInnis Animal Tracks
Fiona McMonagle Competition
Sue Michael Bush Lemons by the Back Door
Pamela Pauline Matriarch
Jenny Pollak All the shades of my yes
Marisa Purcell Cage
Therese Ritchie Open Cut: Jack Green
Sally Ryan Yassmin
Wendy Sharpe Jill McKay with Eye Patch
Susanna Strati Resilience-Elegy as object
Janet Tavener Tongue of Fire
Janet Tavener Black Beauty
Kristyn Taylor She is
Angela Tiatia The Fall
Louise Tuckwell where the deepest mystery ends
LeAnne Vincent Merle Thornton AM


Emerging Artist Prize

First Name Surname Artwork
Helen Amanatiadis Making the World - And the Moon
Karen Anderson Just breathe
Gunjan Aylawadi Inner equilibrium
Pina Bartolo Corazon-My World
Darcey Bella Arnold lick them pussy's/more than a game
Nicki Brancatisano Stormy Weather
Michelle Burns Half Full Half Empty
Paloma Concierta I am not here
Criena Court Below
Alice Couttoupes My Blue China
Kate Coyne Fat
Sophie Dalgleish Infinity
Isaebella Doherty Pearl
Anna Dowling Strand by Strand
Katherine Edney Weight of the world
Ember Fairbairn The enduring resilience of Mythic time - anywhere and everywhere
Gina Fenton PAPER PLANES
Anne Fontaine Cascade
Sai-Wai Foo Like Water
Ariella Friend Captured Wattle Variable
Nadina Geary Self Objectification #4
Sue Gilmour Grit
Eliza Gosse Australian Home
Elaine Green As the Valley Woke
Amanda Hale "The profound everydayness of our lives" (Kruger)
Laine Hogarty VORTEX
Jude Hungerford I've seen fire and I've seen rain
Theresa Hunt Solitude
Eunjoo Jang Finding myself in the beyond
Leahlani Johnson However late it may seem (part I)
Mary Kerlin Still Standing
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson Marooned
Maicie Lalara Gathering Family - Father, Mother and Baby Basket (set of three)
Melinda Marshman Gum Forest Walk
Alix McFarland Standing Tall
Jo Mellor-Stuart Rust landscape
Laura Moore Act #1 and Act #3
Catriona Pollard Fire In My Soul
Pennie Pomroy The Journey
Eloise Rankine Wandering (2017)
Julianne Ross Allcorn Mollitiam
Paula S Y Ngu While I am awake today I
Rebecca Selleck Snow rabbits
Misim Song Piece of Mind II
Tracy Stirzaker I AM ENOUGH
Virginia Szaraz Pagliacco
Yumi Takahashi The Goddess Ascending (diptych)
Cassie Thring The Veneres of Willendorf;Eddie & Jess
Claire Tozer Living Desert - Broken Hill
Emma Ward Jam and Cream (or #morningtea)
Annabelle Wass 33 "GOD"
Miho Watanabe Awareness of Between-ness: Street tree like Bonsai
Michelle Wild The Petition
Christine Wiltshier Don't Unravel Mistakes ( 36 sts, let slip begin again)
Salwa Woodroffe Wendy Sharpe
Zoe Young Bruce Beresford. Back to the Drawing Board.