2021 Art Prize winners from left, Professional Artist winner Caroline Rothwell ‘Vault’, Emerging Artist winner, Symone Male ‘Contagious’, and Indigenous Emerging Artist winner Imelda Wood Melamurrk ‘My Sister’s Birth on a Full Moon’.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Advancing Art and Opportunity

Australian Art – Any Medium – All Women

The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.

There are three prize categories – the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000.

There is also a Peoples’ Choice Award of $2,000.

Artists are asked to enter an artwork that best reflects their art practice - there is no theme.

Artwork judging is overseen by Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Patron and acclaimed artist, Jennifer Turpin. Join us as we celebrate the finest women talent in Australia.

2022 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Entries open - 9 November 2021

Entries close - 23 February 2022 at 12:00 PM (Midday - Daylight Saving Time, Eastern Australia)

Opening Night - 13 May 2022

Exhibition - 14 to 29 May 2022


2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Due to NSW Health’s extended COVID-19 restrictions, the Opening Night on 14 May 2021 was a virtual event with a live stream of the official proceedings. We hope you enjoy watching this video of highlights from the 2021 Opening Night.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021 Professional Artist winner Caroline Rothwell with her winning artwork, ‘Vault’

The Opening Night of the 2021 Art Prize

Minister Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts and Federal Member for Bradfield congratulates 2021 Professional Artist winner Caroline Rothwell.

Virtual Tour of Exhibition of Finalists

Congratulations to the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Winners

Professional Artist Winner
Caroline Rothwell – Vault

Emerging Artist Winner
Symone Male - Contagious

Indigenous Emerging Artist Winner
Imelda Wood Melamurrk - My Sister's Birth On A Full Moon

2021 Highly Commended Recipients

Professional Artist category
Leila Jeffreys - The wound is the place where the light enters - Bleeding heart dove
Emily Parsons-Lord - Standing Still (with practice, one may learn to accept the feelings of groundlessness)
Andrea Wilson - Forebears

Emerging Artist category
Brittany Jones - Saudade
Belle Raine - 2
Jessica Vincenza - While Away, My Home Lost Colour and Sound

Indigenous Emerging Artist category
Cynthia Burke - Landscape
Louise Daniels - Fallen

2021 People's Choice Award

Leila Jeffreys has won the inaugural Peoples' Choice Award for her artwork. The wound is the place where the light enters - Bleeding heart dove.

2021 Finalists


First Name Surname Artwork
Maree AzzopardiGently set your burden down #1
Kate BanaziSafe Keeping
Sue BeyerUntitled 20, The Australian Scapegoat, after Arthur Boyd
Chris ByrnesErode 1
Barbara Campbell-AllenSnow Flurries II & III
Michelle CawthornInterloper
Georgina CueOrpheus
Samantha DennisonQuieter, Still
Shoufay DerzIn the beginning
Adrienne DoigScene 8
Susie DureauStorm Song, Verse 1
Helen EarlTime Spent
Helen Kocis EdwardsSkater girl, bilby and the winged lion
Kathy EllemIt's all about the lead
Nicole EllisErasure 5
Kylie FogartyBarton Estate Vista
Kym FrameEndure
Elaine GreenMelting
Camille HannahAchille et Briseis
Nadia HernándezEntre todo, la gloria y la paz (Among everything, glory and peace)
Naomi HobsonAdolescent Wonderland
Leila JeffreysThe wound is the place where the light enters - Bleeding heart dove
Madeleine KellyStair Ghost
Lisa LeeISO need To Fly This Coop
Donna LougherEye in the Sky
Jennifer Kemarre MartinielloBush Flowers Bicornual Basket: Hakea
Tara MarynowskyMotion Picture (2020)
Abbey McCullochWonderland
Sanné MestromThe Offering
Jennifer MillsModern Olympia
Emily Parsons-LordStanding Still (with practice, one may learn to accept the feelings of groundlessness)
Pamela PaulineHopeful Honeyeaters
Melitta PerryTelling the Bees (Secrets and White Lies)
Izabela PlutaUNTITLED #2 (STAIR)
Charmaine PwerleAwelye
Genevieve Felix ReynoldsComposition with colossus and chair [Stone bull: Iran, 518-460 BCE. Chair: Eero Saarinen, 1955]
Angela Robertson-BuchananTawny Frogmouth Siblings
Monica RohanTug
Caroline RothwellVault
Sally RyanWe Need to Talk
Kathryn RyanCorner Paddock
Nuha SaadOrnamental Fancies III
Dee SmartLeap of Faith 2020
Diana Baker SmithThe Lost Hour (2021)
Anne StarlingNuclear Family
Tina Havelock StevensHolus Bolus
Julie StirlingFrom There to Where
Jacqui StockdaleThe Seer
Julie SundbergGoolay'yari Triptych
Lucy VaderThere's only one sky and it's all for you
Katie VajdaThe Body Domestic - Plastic
VKMNo Void
Jenny WatsonPink Poppy Sixties Fun Girl (2021)
Barbara WeirSunrise
Andrea WilsonForebears
Caroline ZilinskySpace Odyssey


First Name Surname Artwork
Jane-Louise AndersonVictoria and Vivienne
Elaine BattonVeiled Decline
Penny BurnettA Chart Stripped Bare- freedom in restraint
Katrina CrookThe Hill We Climb
Anna Maria Antoinette D'AddarioDeep in Their Roots, All Flowers Keep the Light
Sophie DalgleishNew Beginning
Nikki EasterbrookBirds of a Feather
Annalisa Ferraris A pool fit for Mies van der Rohe
Amanda Galbraith Fern and Nancy feeling fancy
Angie GotoMy Body My Home
Tracy GreenstoneLinen
Gail HockingLifting the Skirt - Ngangkiparingga
Theresa HuntAffinity
Brittany JonesSaudade
Gillian KayroozArgileh at Wedding Cake Rock
Jess LeonardGrounded
Christina LowryRemember to Live
Christina MacDonaldSacred Treasures
Symone MaleContagious
Kathleen MasonSelf Portrait at 80
Kate NielsenWinter Morning, Salamanca
Linda OlsteinAutumn Concerto
Belle Raine2
Catherine SimThe Gloaming
Elwira SkowronskaLambda_2
Linda SokCorporeal/Spiritual
Lisa SorginiHana, Bobby and Mika in the Loungeroom
Lilli StromlandBernina Verso
Jane Burton TaylorCourt House Wallpaper A/P
Rachel TheodorakisShrine of Edification
Nicole VandersteegenSelf Contained
Kate VassalloGum 1 & 2
Jessica VincenzaWhile Away, My Home Lost Colour and Sound
Lilli WatersLast Days
Salwa WoodroffeApproaching Storm-Kangaroo Valley
Nerida WoolleyLittle Dam at Legume
Sorcha YellandAnthropocentric Asphyxia
Aliki YiorkasLock Door, Building 27, National Art School.
Leslie ZhangSolo No.1

Indigenous Emerging

First Name Surname Artwork
Cynthia BurkeLandscape
Selma CoulthardRation Day at Urrampinyi/ Tempe Downs, NT
Louise DanielsFallen
Simone GriffinLambo
Imelda Wood MelamurrkMy Sister's Birth On A Full Moon
Dulcie NanalaKarlyapilyirra
Tulli StevensNyagunyjirram (Sundown)
"As Principal of Ravenswood I am delighted to present the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. Inspiring and connecting female visual artists, this significant Art Prize will strengthen the profile and legitimacy of careers in art for current and future generations of Australian women."

— Anne Johnstone, Principal, Ravenswood

"As Chairman of the Ravenswood Foundation, it is an honour to launch the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize. The prize has been established to raise the profile of this country's great female artists and to assist in helping the next generation of artists reach their fullest potential. The initiative is also expected to provide great opportunities for Ravenswood students and young people generally to immerse in art."

— Mark Steinert, Ravenswood Foundation Chairman