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The highly anticipated North Sydney Art Prize returns, transforming the historic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability into a vibrant showcase for local and regional artistic talent.

The exhibition is on from May 11th to June 2nd, and visitors can explore a diverse collection of over 90 artworks.

Deep inside the magnificent underground tunnels, throughout the parklands, and inside the historic Cottage, a broad range of artworks compete not just for views, but to win what is now the biggest art event on this side of the Bridge.

A previous entry on display in the spectacular tunnels.

Visitors can expect a captivating display encompassing a variety of artistic mediums, from paintings and sculptures to thought-provoking new media and immersive installations.

The judging panel with Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Nathan Mudyi Sentance, Head of Collections, First Nations, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Elizabeth Reidy, Curator & Visual Arts Coordinator, selected an exciting array of artworks to respond to this year’s Art Prize theme considering the overarching principles of the Coal Loader.

Identity’s Imprint by Sandra Pitkin (2023)

Many artworks tackle the theme of sustainability, exploring the impact of climate change and consumerism.

Mayor Zoë Baker said the Art Prize is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to experience and engage with the arts, right at their doorstep: “The Art Prize offers a rare opportunity to explore the boundless creativity of Australian artists at the historic Coal Loader.

“Seeing our community come together to celebrate creativity and expression at the Art Prize reminds me of the richness and diversity that define our community. Each artwork tells a story, sparks conversation, and ignites imagination.”

The North Sydney Art Prize recognises artistic excellence across various categories. The coveted Major Open Award boasts a $20,000 prize, while sculptors can vie for the $12,000 Sculpture Award. Site-specific works have a chance to win $5,000, and emerging artists can compete for the $2,000 Emerging Artist Award. Additionally, The Royal Art Society sponsors a $1,000 Award for Drawing, and the Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre Inc. awards $1,000 for the best Work on/with Paper.

The North Sydney Art Prize extends beyond a static exhibition. A dynamic program of artist talks, interactive workshops, and engaging activities invites visitors of all ages to come along. Families can participate in specially designed activities, while art lovers can join artist talks and curated exhibition tours.

2024 North Sydney Art Prize and Exhibition

Opening event and awards presentation:  Saturday 11 May 2024

Artist talks, workshops and family activities

  • Artist Talks Saturdays

18 May, 11am and 25 May, 11am

  • Drop-in Creative Fun Sundays

19 May, 10:30am to 1:30pm and 26 May, 10:30am to 1:30pm

  • Bush Dyeing Workshop – 12 May, 10am to 1pm
  • Weaving Connections – 31 May, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm


Dates: May 11th to June 2nd

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday (10am-3pm), Saturday & Sunday (10am-4pm)

Location: The Coal Loader, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

Website: https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/artprize


Images: supplied