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.

Artists are asked to enter an artwork that best reflects their art practice - there is 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.

2021 Ravenswood Australian
Women’s Art Prize

Entries for 2021 have closed

Finalists announced on Thursday 8 April.

Opening Night - 14 May 2021
Exhibition of Finalist - 15 May to 30 May 2021

Centenary Centre
Ravenswood School For Girls
Henry Street
Gordon, NSW

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize


Virtual Tour of 2020 Exhibition

Congratulations to our 2020 Winners

The 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Professional Artist Prize of $35,000 has been won by Vicki Cullinan for her acrylic on linen artwork, ‘Munga Ilkari (The Night Sky)’, “a cosmic, ‘big picture’ view of the night sky, like the night sky itself, wondrous. An expansive transcendent work it takes us out way beyond the frame to consider the cosmos and our tiny human role within it”. 

Danielle Guyot has won the Emerging Artist’s Prize of $5,000 for her sculpture made from foam cups, ‘Watagan Balga – Relic from a Forgotten World’, “an exquisitely crafted sculpture of a grass tree made from polystyrene foam cups. This is transformation of materials big time.- a relic specimen of the natural world in Danielle’s words becomes a ‘ghost of itself’.”

The Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 has been won by Lynette Lewis for her acrylic on canvas artwork, ‘Tali Womikata’, “an exquisitely mesmerising work of great beauty giving us an almost physical experience of the movement of wind over sands. Like water itself the tiny dots of this painting recreates the fluid dynamics of movement of wind and water.”

Congratulations to artists who received
Highly Commended recognition for their artworks

Professional Artists

  • Rosemary Valadon ‘Table of Broken Things’
  • Catherine Nelson  ‘Cartago’

Emerging Artists

  • Theresa Hunt  ‘January 2020’
  • Sue Grose-Hodge  ‘Pencil on Paper’

Indigenous Emerging Artists

  • Jacqueline Phillipus Napurulla ‘Kalipinypa’
  • Jenna Lee ‘Adornment of the Abhorrent’

"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