Paddington Art Prize – 2018

In News September 29, 2018

Image: Peter Stevens, Southerly (2017), oil on board, 121 x 110cm.

Congratulations to our artists Peter Stevens and Belynda Henry who were selected as finalists in the 2018 Paddington Art Prize.

The Paddington Art Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

Marlene Antico OAM, created the Prize in order to assist with the monetary difficulties that often impede artists from showcasing their works. As an art student, gallery owner and volunteer guide at the AGNSW for over 10 years, she has underscored her commitment to supporting contemporary Australian artists, aware, of the financial concerns that prevent many artists from devoting themselves entirely to their art practice.

“I sincerely hope that the prize money will enable artists to focus more solidly on their work and pursue their careers,” Marlene explains.

CAPRICIOUS-LANDSCAPE1Image: Belynda Henry, A Capricious Landscape (2018), oil on canvas, 101 x 122cm


The Paddington Art Prize aims to discover new talents and invigorate the art market with iconic styles that reflect the topography and spirit of Australia.

This year the exhibition will judged by Tony Costa, artist and previous Winner of the 2015 Paddington Art Prize, Katrina Cashman, senior curator at Mosman Art Gallery, and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, artist and lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.

The exhibition will run from Monday 17th September until Saturday 22nd September 2018.

To view this years winners click here.