Major Winner Announcement: Hornsby Art Prize

Lyndall Beck with her winning artwork
Lyndall Beck with her winning artwork

A “small, intimate” painting has won Clifford How the Major Award in this year’s Hornsby Art Prize, taking home $10,000. Don’t miss seeing the works at The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre (until Sunday 28 October).

A “confident” painting with “spontaneous delivery” and the title Forgotten Pond 2 has seen artist Clifford How take home the Major Award at the Hornsby Art Prize for 2018.

“This painting works on a number of levels,” says Joanna Joyce, the Arts and Cultural Development Officer from Hornsby Shire Council, who has worked in the field for many years. This year’s entries, she adds, “are among the best I have seen.”

Forgotten Pond 2 by Clifford How, the major prizewinner

Ross Philip was named the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist for his 3D work Sweet Success.
This work elicits an immediate physical, emotional and psychological response on many levels; pain, fragility, endurance, perseverance and determination,” Ms Joyce said.

Ross Philip was named the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist for his 3D work Sweet Success

The banner image by Ben Walsh, who was awarded the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist award, for his work which was considered by the judges to be “A suggestive work that poses a metamorphic, haunting question around its central form that entices the viewer to deliberate further.”

The Hornsby Art Prize  comprises 119 artworks in 5 categories:

  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 3D Works
  • Digital Art – Stills

Like all artworks, these pieces are best viewed in person, so don’t miss out on the finalists exhibition! All artworks are for sale, with something for every budget. Buy original art, whilst supporting your local creative community.

The annual event brings staff and artists together to celebrate art

Get Art and About in Hornsby! More art events coming up:

In addition to the Finalists Exhibition (details below) you can also head to these great events:

Of Memory and Change by Lyndall Beck

Join local artist (and last year’s Hornsby Art Prize major prize winner) Lyndall Beck on a journey through time and place, memory and change in Hornsby Shire. Through the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture and screen, Lyndall has recollected and documented the people, spaces, buildings and landscapes of the area where she has resided for her whole life. With the changes to the local urban, rural and social environments that Hornsby Shire is currently experiencing, the exhibition provides an opportunity to pause, remember and appreciate. See the works and join join Lyndall for an artist talk about her creative practice and connection to place and community.


  • Opening night, Friday 2 November, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free, reservations preferred.
  • Artists Talk: Sunday 4 November, 2pm-3pm, Veranda Gallery, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

Lyndall Beck and her 2017 winning artwork Asquith Postcard

Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of arts, creativity and culture in Hornsby Shire. It features exhibitions, music, theatre, workshops, art trails and more. Find out more about the program here.

Finalists Exhibition Essential Details:

  • What: The Hornsby Art Prize finalists exhibition
  • Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
  • When: Until Sunday 28 October

The Hornsby Art Prize finalists will remain on exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre until 28 October. And remember, The Hornsby Shire Festival of the Arts is on! Find out all the details here.





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