Mandorla Art Award finalists announced

The Mandorla Art Award committee has announced the finalists for the 2018 award.

The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is a significant Australian thematic religious art prize, attracting some of the country’s finest artists since its 1985 inception. Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church is Patron for the award, along with Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy, Anglican Diocese of Perth, and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. The award is sponsored by St John of God and a range of ecumenical partners.

The selection panel of Claire Bushby, Janis Nedela and Emeritus Prof Bill Loader deliberated for some time to make a selection of 40 works from the 186 entries received. The artworks respond to the 2018 theme “And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” (Rev 21 : 1-2).

The prize winners will be announced at the official opening on Friday 1 June. The finalists will be exhibited from Saturday 2 to Saturday 30 June at Turner Galleries, Northbridge. A selection of works will then tour to New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, St John of God Healthcare and St Mary’s Cathedral Perth.

For more information, including the list of finalists for the Mandorla Art Award 2018, visit

This year, the award is part of the Festival of Religious Art, taking place at The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. The festival runs from Friday 25 May to Monday 4 June, with a range of events including art exhibitions, music performance, a lecture, book launch and a caligraphy demonstration. For more information on these events visit

Image: Finalist for the 2016 Mandorla Art Award, ‘Son of God’, oil on linen, by An Doh.

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