Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

The biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize exhibition is now in its 18th year.

Inspired by our 2020 themes of community, connection and impact, we’re delighted to be celebrating the achievements and creativity of female artists across NSW. The prize pays tribute to the four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years.

Artists across NSW were invited to create works that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. In their selection of finalists from hundreds of entries, our judges looked for artworks that cast new light on the stories of the people who lived here, and the house’s rich and diverse collection of treasures.

The work of the 40 finalists was exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal from 19 September 2020 until 17 April 2021.


The 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize winners are:

  • 1st prize - Sarah Goffman Blue willow (plastic, permanent marker, clay)
  • 2nd prize - Sassy Park Garden play set (ceramic, wood, found object)
  • Highly Commended - Julie Paterson A dozen modest fancies (printed linen, vintage chair)
  • People's Choice Award - Anna Lochtenberg Williams Shadows of the Day (assemblage)

Past exhibition

  • Saturday 19 September
Bedroom, Meroogal

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

Front gate at Meroogal

Past winners of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Now in its 20th year, we look back at the past winners of the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize – a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition