Mandorla Art Award finalists announced

The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic religious art prize, attracting some of the country’s finest artists since its 1985 inception.

The 2020 selection panel consisting of Chad Creighton, Sandra Murray and Sister Kerry Willison spent a wealth of their time and expertise deliberating to form a selection of 35 works from the 144 entries received from across Australia. The artworks respond to this year’s biblical theme, ‘He has told you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8 – NRSV)

Fr Chris Ross addresses the audience at the opening night of the 2018 Mandorla Art Award

Congratulations to the following finalists:
Riste Andrievski, Godfrey Blow, Christophe Canato, Olga Cironis, Rebecca Corps, Emilio Cresciani, Joanne Duffy, Fiona Evans, Silvana Ferrario, Desire Ferreira, Anna Glynn, Athena Harris Ingall, Tevita Havea, Beric Henderson, Franci Hepburn, Leni Kae, Vania Lawson, Glenn Loughrey, Camilla Loveridge, Laszlo Lukacs, Elisa Markes-Young, Lucille Martin, Britt Mikkelsen, Perrin Millard, Michael Vincent Murphy, Sonia Payes, Denise Pepper, Julian Poon, Sion Prior, Deborah Ralph-Kafarela, Kathleen Nanima Rambler, Darryl Rogers, Harrison See, Alexandra Spargo, and John Teschendorff.

As a result of the rapidly evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mandorla Art Award committee has decided that the exhibition of finalists’ works, initially scheduled for 16 May to 6 June 2020 at STALA Contemporary in Western Australia, has been postponed until 2021 with exact dates to be confirmed.

In the meantime, finalists will be supported and promoted through social media, providing snapshots to their works and links to their online profiles.

2018 St John of God Health Care Prize Winner, $25,000 acquisitive: Mikaela Castledine, God is in the House, rochet cotton, glass and ceramic found objects

The Mandorla Art Award committee ‘encourages you all to continue to engage with and support the arts: it is an aspect of our culture which can allow us to freely express our emotions, conduct and inspire hope and nurture our soul to grow in faith, wisdom and maturity.’

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