Dobell Drawing Prize 2019, National Art School

In Events/Exhibitions April 12, 2019

Above image: Richard Goodwin, Chaistic Space Algorithm (2018), charcoal and acrylic paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Congratulations to Richard Goodwin and Maryanne Coutts who have been selected as finalists in the Dobell Drawing Prize #21 at the National Art School, Sydney

The Dobell Drawing Prize is a new biennial prize and exhibition presented by the National Art School in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. The Prize is an open call to all artists and aims to explore the enduring importance of drawing and the breadth and dynamism of contemporary approaches to drawing.

The exhibition showcases the finalists’ artworks across a broad range of media that acknowledges the foundational principals of drawing, while also encouraging challenging and expansive approaches to drawing. Submissions are invited for artworks on paper, but may also include wall drawings and larger-scale works and works utilising electronic media.

National Art School envisions the Prize as a platform for the celebration and examination of current drawing practices. The Prize builds on the energy of both emerging artists who make art through drawing, while also celebrating innovation and technical skill of experienced artists.

A drawing symposium, workshops and a range of artist talks will be held in conjunction with the Prize and exhibition, positioning the National Art School and Sydney at the core of contemporary drawing, research and the exploration of ideas.  Drawing continues to be central to the National Art School’s curriculum, and the opportunity to present and reflect the many facets of contemporary drawing offers artists another forum to explore the dynamic medium of drawing.

The new Dobell Drawing Prize is an acquisitive art award that runs in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, affirming the Dobell Foundation’s commitment to continuing the development of drawing as a medium in its own right, and a fundamental element of the visual arts.

To view all finalists this year, click here.

Exhibition dates: 28 March – 25 May 2019

Venue: National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst

Open: Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm


Maryanne Coutts, still from, Until the last breath (2018), animated drawing, digital video, colour, 1:45 minutes, 45 x 37 cm