Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Museums of History NSW is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2024 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

Women artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to the historic house of Meroogal, its former occupants, and its meaning within broader historical and contemporary contexts. Selected artworks will be displayed throughout the property, which is located on the NSW South Coast. These works will provide new perspectives on the personal stories of the people who once lived there and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW.

Entries close at 4pm on Tuesday 24 September 2024.

Artworks selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be on display to the public from Saturday 9 November 2024 to Saturday 24 May 2025. They will also be photographed to document and promote the exhibition.

2024 entry form

2024 prizes

1st Prize: $8,000, a Bundanon artist-in-residence scholarship* and a Museums of History NSW membership

2nd Prize: $1,500, a solo exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, including an opening event, and a Museums of History NSW membership

Highly Commended Award: $1,500 and a Museums of History NSW membership

People’s Choice Award: $500 and a Museums of History NSW membership (to be announced at the close of the exhibition)

* The timing and duration of the residency to be determined in negotiation with Bundanon.

Judges

The judges for this year’s prize are:

  • Shoalhaven Regional Gallery representative
  • Bundanon representative
  • Rebecca Bushby, Director of Programming, Production & Audience, Museums of History NSW
  • Tamara Dean, photomedia artist and winner of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize in 2018

Key dates

  • Entries close Tuesday 24 September 2024 at 4pm
  • Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by Wednesday 16 October 2024
  • Artwork delivery dates: Thursday 31 October and Saturday 2 November 2024 between 10am and 3pm
  • Judging: Friday 8 November 2024
  • Prize winners announced and exhibition launched: Saturday 9 November 2024
  • Exhibition dates: Saturday 9 November 2024 to Saturday 24 May 2025

Address for delivery and collection of works

Meroogal
Corner West and Worrigee streets
Nowra NSW 2541

Inquiries

Dr Jacqui Newling, Curator
Email: mwap@mhnsw.au

Site inspections for artists

There will be a range of bookable sessions for artists to inspect the property on Thursdays from June through August. Bookings are essential.

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Find out more

Terms and conditions (PDF)

Frequently asked questions

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 24 September 2024 at 4pm.

Entries are to be submitted online at mhnsw.is/meroogalartprize

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr Jacqui Newling, Curator, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Museums of History NSW Email: mwap@mhnsw.au

Verandah at Meroogal, facing Worrigee Street
Opens 9 November
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