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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.

There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must best reflect the intentions of your practice. 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.


2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Entries to the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize will open in November 2019.

2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists in the Professional Artist and Emerging Artist categories of the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize. The winners of both categories will be announced at the Opening Night on 31 May 2019 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
Margaret Ackland Present Tense
Julianne Ross Allcorn Faciens Hospites
Vanessa Ashcroft Dark Corner - Ebb Tide
Kate Baker Untitled (Between Intimacy and Trespass) #1
Joanna Braithwaite Bold and the Beautiful
Clare Brodie Where Ever You Go I'll Go
Cash Brown Fame (after Artemisia Gentileschi and Anna Ruysch)
Fran Callen Where the trees are scraping to the sky
Elisa Jane Carmichael Do we see our swamp reeds move with the wind the same way?
Michelle Cawthorn Garden at Manchester Road
Kirsten Coelho The Voyage
Dagmar Cyrulla Everything to everyone
Carol Dance Low Tide
Rox De Luca Drops (for Eva Hesse), 2019
Tamara Dean Endangered 1
Carolyn Dew The Side Fence
Waru at Watarru
Adrienne Doig Everyday Me
Matilda Dumas Drought Breaker
Katherine Edney Hayley Mary
Merran Esson Autumn
Harrie Fasher Untitled / Hung II
Betina Fauvel-Ogden Dangerous Cargo
Zimmi Forest Ancient Songs of My Lineage
Kath Fries Respire
Anna Glynn George Stubbs' 1773 Inflatable Dingo
Naomi Grant Door to the dreaming
Jenny Green Vertex 1
Michelle Hamer Are You Having a Good Night?
Lee Harrop That is gold which is worth gold ii
Kate Hopkinson-Pointer 'Camp light'
Leila Jeffreys Blue Blossoms
Leila Jeffreys Rain and June
Pia Johnson Eurasian in Singapore #2
Alicia King Theories of dark energy
Beatrice Magalotti The Three Dancers
Sally Mayman Takayna Saltwater
Abbey McCulloch Mammoth
Sue Michael Ok Used Cars, Eudunda Streetscape
Kate Mitchell Hypnotised Into Being
Anne Morrison Night Crossing
Mona Nangala Tali 283-18
Beyula Puntunkga Napanangka Kalinykalinypa Tjukurrpa 183-18
Lyn Raymer Mercury
Tracey Schramm Our Souls have Sight-Morandi
Lara Scolari Chrysalis
Wendy Sharpe Self Portrait with Circus Banner
Valerie Sparks Pomegranate Seeds: a Work in Progress
Jacqui Stockdale Duel of the Mount 1
Debbie Symons Limacina Helicina Antarctica - The butterfly effect
Lucy Vader It was shepherd's delight
Judith van Heeren Sea garden with purple sponge
Patricia Van Lubeck The no one
Judith White Harbour II
Deborah Williams Shift and still
Lauren Williamson Ariadne Adrift in a Pale Land
Patricia Wilson-Adams Marginal country
Zoe Young 'Scenes from a Cook Book'


Emerging Artist Prize

First Name Surname Artwork
Louise Allerton Interplay
Eleanor Amiradaki XOXO
Angeline Bartholomeusz Endangered V
Rae Begley Memorial of Fragility, Chacabuco, Chile 2018
Deanne Brogan Little Peaces 08052018-4 Tender Crossings
Michelle Burns The Black Dog
Michelle Burns The Standoff
Chris Casali Mutawintji Dreaming
Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario Farewell Angelina
Sophie Dalgleish meditation
Madi Daugaard The Preserved
Sally Davis Enamelware in Vintage Shop with Street Reflections
Sally Davis Vintage Shop with Antique Bottles and Street Reflections
Kate Debbo Stack
Janine Dello Never Again
Celia Dymond Coast
Lucy Fahey Looking Left
Gina Fenton Into the Void
Carrie Fraser #16.2.0/2017
Bridget Frawley Community of Minds
Eliza Gosse Your Yellow Brick Holding Up The Sky
Elaine Green Heading Home
Louise Gresswell Untitled (pink and green)
Graziela Guardino Reverse
Amanda Hale A month in the country
Janelle Hatherly Contemplating Mary
Jude Hungerford From above [day/night]
Rhi Johnson Makeshift Heartrace
Natasha Junmanee Transient Beauty
Sally Kent Pod Series 2018
Dara Kretschmer Something There Is
Dara Kretschmer mending time
Carly Le Cerf Gone Bush
Jess Leonard Laurence, to the sky
Lynette Lewis Tali (sanddune)
Samantha Mackie Site Map #2
Samantha Mackie The Duty Of DNA
Sara Morawetz Acts of Inexactitude IV
Vanessa Newell The melodrama of dressing
Dilara Niriella Ruth Faerber
Eva Nolan The Pinned Moth Cannot Fly (1 of 8)
Mary Peacock The Moon and the South Esk River
Clare Peters Beneath the Shadows
Maria Radun Devotion
Eloise Rankine The Space Between Us
Gemma Rasdall The Derwent
Gwen Robson Brain Fog
Catherine Sim Road Trip Monaro
Fiona Smith Washing away, Freshwater
Samantha Stephenson In the middle, we dance
Lisa Stonham Untitled Scene
Lisa Stonham Untitled Colour Compositions - (Series One)
Lilli Stromland Toaster
Jill Talbot Mary
Clare Unger Domestic bliss
Emma Ward Immaterial
Cathy Yarwood-Mahy "The Light Returns"
Yeliz Yorulmaz A Study of Many



Terms and Conditions

Prize categories

Professional Artist Prize

  • Prize Value $35,000
  • Open to female artists resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries and over 18 years as at 1 February 2019 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 joint exhibition at Ravenswood School for Girls 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 artists resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries and over 18 years as at 1 February 2019.
  • 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. This exhibition will coincide with the annual welcome drinks event of the School in February of the following year.
  • Artworks must be for sale.


Do I need to be an Australian to enter the Art Prize?

The Art Prize is open to all females who are Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or who have resided in Australia during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries.

What if my artwork is outside the dimensions stated in the Terms and Conditions?

Artworks should not exceed 20kgs in weight or 2 x 2metres excluding frame.

What age restrictions are there?

All entrants must be 18 years or over as at 1 February 2019.

Which category should I apply for, Emerging or Professional Artist?

An Emerging Artist is in the process of establishing a professional practice to this end and has exhibited artwork. An Emerging Artist may have had artwork accepted into competitions and has been establishing an art practice for five years or more. An Emerging Artist may have specialist credentials from Visual Art and Design courses like university or college. These details will be evident in your CV.

A Professional Artist will be established in the art world for more than a few years. A Professional Artist may have specialist credentials from Visual Art and Design courses like a university or college. A Professional Artist will have an ABN and will have a combination of:

  • artworks held in collections;
  • artworks selected as finalist in significant art competitions and prizes;
  • be represented by a gallery or agent;
  • have granted significant contracts or commissions; and
  • have significant bodies of work that are known to and in the art world.

These details will be evident in your CV.

How do I know if my application has been successfully submitted?

You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been placed.

How do I make a payment for my entry?

Payment is made during the application process.

I am an emerging artist, in regional Australia and I cannot afford the $30 application fee. Is there any support available?

Yes, we understand that it can be expensive to enter prizes. Ravenswood is happy for you to submit an email outlining your hardship with a copy of your artwork and CV. Special consideration will be given to waive the entry fee.

If you require access to a computer, internet, email or photography for your artwork to enable you to complete your entry, please make contact with your nearest Stockland Shopping Centre Management. They will be able to assist you in completing your application.

I have more than 3 images, is there a way I can submit these?

Yes, you should choose the best 3 images to show different angles of your artwork if required to submit online with your application.

Can I enter both categories?

No, you can only enter one category.

Can I enter more than once in a particular category?

A limit of two works (or entries) per artist may be submitted. Each artwork requires a separate entry and fee.

Does my artwork need to be available for purchase?

Yes, all works must be for sale.

Is photography permitted as a medium?

Yes, all mediums including photography are welcome.

Can my agent enter on my behalf?

Yes, if an artist is contracted to a gallery, the commission will be 40% and split 50-50 ( 20% to Ravenswood and 20% to the Gallery) should you artwork be sold.

If I am selected as a finalist, how do I get my artwork to the exhibition?

Congratulations for making the final selection! It is your responsibility to ensure that you work is delivered to Ravenswood by the dates specified and any costs associated with this are payable by the artists.

Courier Delivery

Finalist’s works are to be delivered by courier before Thursday 16 May 2019, 7:30am to 3:30pm to:

Ravenswood Art Prize
Gate 10,
Ravenswood School for Girls
681 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW 2072

Personal Delivery

You may also deliver your artwork in person on the following dates;

Saturday 18 May: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Monday 20 May: 10.00am to 2.00pm

The address for deliveries in person is Ravenswood School for Girls, Gate 3, Henry Street, Gordon NSW 2072. Please note that due to school traffic and playground security deliveries in person outside these times will not be permitted.

How will I know if I am a finalist?

You will be notified by email on 17 April 2019 and a list of finalists will be published on the website.

I would like to come to the Opening Night, how do I arrange a ticket?

All finalists will be given one complimentary ticket for the Opening Night. You may also purchase additional tickets online from April 2019 Ticket numbers for Opening Night will be limited so please purchase your tickets early and join us for the celebration.

How do I know if my artwork has been sold?

At the conclusion of the exhibition an email will be sent to you if your work has been sold.

What arrangements do I need to make for collecting my unsold artwork after the exhibition?

All artwork must have a return address label (A4) in an envelope attached to the back of the artwork.

Personal Collection of Artwork – Ravenswood School for Girls, Gate 3, Henry Street, Gordon

Unpackaged artwork: Sunday 9 June, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Packaged artwork: Wednesday 12 June, 10.00am to 2.00pm

Courier Collection of Artwork – Ravenswood School for Girls, Gate 10, 681 Pacific Highway, Gordon

Friday 14 June to Friday 5 July 2019, 7.30am to 3.00pm