Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

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2 September 2023
3 February 2024
Prize money
AUD $20,000
NSW, Australia
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Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.

The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.

There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner's exhibition in the following year.


$15,000 awarded to the winner (acquisitive).

$2,500 awarded to an early-career artist.

$2,500 awarded to a local artist from Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai area.

The winners share a three-week group exhibition at the GCS Gallery in 2022

Venue: Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway Wahroonga NSW 2076

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Application dates
1 April 2023 - 2 September 2023
Exhibition dates
27 January 2024 - 24 February 2024
Finalists notified
10 October 2023
National Entries
Prize frequency
Biennial - Odd Years
Prize genre
2D works
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, NSW
AUD $20,000
There is an entry fee of $50 for one entry or $90 for two entries.. There is a commission of 33% on sales during the exhibition.1 % charge for credit cards, debit cards free
Last updated
30 March 2023
Prior Winners
2024: Nicola Mason - Early Career Artist Award ($2,500)
2024: Shahroud Ghahani - Local Artists Award ($2,500)
2024: Virginia Keft - Winner ($15,000)
2021: Nadia Hernandez - Winner ($15,000)
2016: Mark Titmarsh - Winner ($15,000)
2014: Margaret Loy Pula - Winner ($15,000)