Founded in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, the Paddington Art Prize is now an established community event on the national visual arts calendar. Each year the Prize aims to discover new talents and invigorate the art market with iconic styles that reflect the topography and spirit of Australia.
Artists from all over Australia enter the Prize which culminates each year in October when the prizes are awarded at an opening night ceremony. A ten day exhibition of the finalists’ works follows.
In founding the Paddington Art Prize, Marlene Antico OAM, has underscored her commitment to supporting contemporary Australian artists, aware herself as an art student, of the difficulties that artist’s face in showcasing their work. “I started the Prize in the hope that the prize money would enable artists to focus more solidly on their work and pursue their careers.”
The prize has been privately funded since its inception by Marlene and a small group of loyal arts supporters. However, after 14 years, the running costs have become unsustainable. This year we have to upgrade the online submission process to make it more robust for artists to enter and for the judges to make their selection. Our 3 judges for this year are Edmund Capon AM OBE. Ann Thomson and Nick Vickers.
We are now seeking funds to support the growing cost of running this significant community arts event. In particular, we seek funds to pay for the prizes, including a non-acquisitive $5,000 Young Artist Award which was introduced for the first time in 2016. There are 6 prizes in total, of which 5 are non-acquisitive. The total amount for all prizes is over $35,000. We are also seeking funds to pay for the increased technical and administrative costs of running this much-loved artists community event.