Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2022

The biennial Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, now in its 19th year.

We are delighted to celebrate the achievements and creativity of women artists across NSW who were invited to create works responding to Meroogal and its sense of place. 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.

When selecting the finalists from the more than 280 entries received, our judges looked for artworks that cast new light on the stories of the people who lived at Meroogal and the house’s rich and diverse collection. The short-listed works are displayed in the house among the furniture, paintings, ceramics, costume, textiles and other household ephemera – making for a unique and intimate exhibition experience.

The work of the finalists will be exhibited at Meroogal until 22 April 2023.


The 2022 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize Winners are:

  • 1st prize – Ebony Russell for her artwork titled Our manifold nature: loutrophoros for the new woman.
  • 2nd prize – Saskia Everingham for Essentials.
  • Highly Commended – Judy Panucci for Making do – moth and panel for Elgin.


Prize money kindly funded by SLM Foundation

  • 1st Prize: $7000, a Bundanon artist-in-residence scholarship,* and a Sydney Living Museums membership
  • 2nd Prize: $1500, a solo exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, including an opening event, and a Sydney Living Museums membership
  • Highly Commended Award: $1500 and a Sydney Living Museums membership
  • People’s Choice Award: $500 and a Sydney Living Museums membership (to be announced at the close of the exhibition)

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


  • Bronwyn Coulston, Manager – Arts & Culture, Shoalhaven City Council
  • Rachel Kent, CEO, Bundanon
  • Rebecca Bushby, Director, Programming, Production & Audience, Sydney Living Museums
  • Janet Laurence, artist

Winning artworks

Past exhibition

  • 17 September 2022 - 22 April 2023