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Women's Art Prize and Exhibition

 2016 Winners - Eligibility - Artwork Entry Criteria - Exhibition - Selecting and Judging - Curatorial PanelImportant Dates - Enquiries 

The Women's Art Prize and Exhibition will not be held in 2017. 

Artists and members of the community were invited to apply for the prize and exhibition with artworks that respond to themes surrounding women and to be inspired by the 2016 International Women’s Day theme Pledge for Parity.

2016 Winners

Open Category

Commended: Soo Hee Choi  Sonya
Commended:  Clare Unger  Imprint 1
Highly Commended: Suzanne Davey  Exhale
Highly Commended:  Linda Wilken  Show Us Your Tits
First Place: Ingrid Stiertzel  Memoirs in the Mist
Prize: $1,000
Open to artists who identify as a professional or practicing full-time artist 18 years and over.

Community Category

Commended: Virginia Bucknell  Hope – Self Portrait
Commended:  Lauren van Dort  It’s No Use Going Back
Highly Commended: Helen Oprey  Waiting
Highly Commended: Lyndall Graham  Ghost Homes for the Living Homeless
First Place:  Rose Basile  Bin Night
Prize: $1,000
Open to members of the community who, do not (yet) identify as a professional artist, 18 years and over. This category encourages those who study art, practice art as a hobby or as part of a community group.

Youth Category

Highly Commended: Carolyn Love  Inhabitation
Highly Commended:  Scarlett Steven  Laissez-hair
First Place: Erin O’Neill  Window Dressing
Prize: $500
Open to members of the community who identify as a student, hobby artist or professional artist between the age of 12 and 25 as of 15 June 2016.

Local Artist Award

Winner: Janet Parker-Smith  Ordinary, Extraordinary 
Prize: $500
This will be awarded to an artist who lives in the City of Ryde. The recipient of this award can be selected from any category, but will be chosen after the selection of all other category winners. Other category winners will not be eligible to then win this award.
Note: Only artists who live in the City of Ryde will be eligible for this award.  Any artists who live in the City of Ryde and are selected as a winner of the Open, Community or Youth will not be eligible to also win the Local Artist Award. The Local Artist Award will be chosen only after the winners of the other categories have been chosen.

People's Choice Award

Winner: Carolyn Love  Inhabitation

Open to all applicants who are selected for the exhibition in any category.  Audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork in the exhibition.  

Note: The winner of this award will be determined by the artwork with the highest number of votes cast by the public. This winner of this award will be posted on the City of Ryde website on Wednesday 6 July.

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Carolyn Love - Inhabitation


The exhibition was open to any gender with female artists encouraged to apply. City of Ryde staff and Councillors were eligible to apply and be selected for the exhibition but were not eligible to win any of the prizes, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award. 

Artwork Entry Criteria

  • The City of Ryde Women’s Art Prize is open to work in all disciplines including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textile art, video and new media art.
  • Artworks previously exhibited in other prizes and exhibitions are eligible.
  • All entries must be the original artwork of the exhibitor and created within two years prior to 15 June 2016.
  • It is anticipated that around 80 artworks will be selected for the exhibition.
  • For cultural sensitivity reasons, artworks that contain unauthorised use of indigenous symbols, motifs or styles are not eligible.
  • Works that are considered offensive will not be selected.
  • Decisions in regards to works selected for exhibition and final judging by the curatorial panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • All works entered must be no more than 150 cm in width or depth (including frame). Three-dimensional works can be free-standing or wall mounted, but if wall mounted must not exceed 20 kg in weight.
  • Plinths for smaller sculptural works will be supplied by the gallery.
  • Equipment for presentation of new media works to be supplied by the artists i.e. computer, DVD player etc.  


A selection of artworks will be chosen for exhibition at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank Campus of The Northern Sydney Institute – part of TAFE NSW, See Street, Meadowbank.

The exhibition will officially open as part of the Hungry for Art Launch on Wednesday night, 15 June 6 pm to 8 pm and will continue until Saturday 2 July 2016All artworks selected for the exhibition must remain on display until 4 pm of 2 July. The gallery hours are from 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  

Curatorial Panel

Curator and Convener: Cassandra Hard Lawrie – Independent Curator

Project Manager: Liz Berger – Senior Coordinator Communications

Judges: Dr Lee-Anne Hall - Director, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, and Toni Bailey - Curator, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Important Dates

Thursday 16 June to Saturday 2 July  

Exhibition period of works.
Gallery open days: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm.

Monday 4 July 
Collection of works from See Street Gallery between 10 am - 6 pm.


 All queries regarding the exhibition and application process can be made to Cassandra Hard Lawrie on 0425 327 590 or


Last updated on 26 September 2017