Unleash Your Creativity for the 2024 Hornsby Art Prize

Hornsby Shire Council is excited to announce that entries are set to open for its popular national art prize, the Hornsby Art Prize, on Monday 3rd June.

The well-recognised art prize promotes and celebrates Australian contemporary art. Artists are invited to submit works in the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art stills/photography and sculpture. This year, the total prize money is $23,000, with the major prize worth $10,000.

Hornsby Shire Mayor the Hon Philip Ruddock AO praised the art prize for its significant contribution to Hornsby Shire’s cultural landscape as well as to the national arts and culture community.

“The Hornsby Art Prize provides our residents with a fantastic opportunity to experience contemporary art of the highest calibre first-hand in our own local area,” Mayor Ruddock said. “But it’s also a unique opportunity for our own local creatives to have their work thrust into the national spotlight. I encourage any artist who is considering entering to submit their artworks and be a part of this exciting event.”

Unleash Your Creativity for the 2024 Hornsby Art Prize

Brisbane’s Ryan Daffurn took out top honours at last year’s Hornsby Art Prize, with his winning painting, Proposition 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!, with local resident Libby Moore from Beecroft taking home the Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award.

Entries to this year’s Hornsby Art Prize are open until Thursday 8th August and are to be made online. Entry costs $40. All artworks must have been produced in the past two years, and not exhibited before.

The non-acquisitive prize, organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society, is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years and over.

While artists from across the nation can submit their works for the main prize; Hornsby Shire residents are able to nominate their work for the Hornsby Shire Local Artist Award.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre from 25th October until 10th November. The exhibition is selected and adjudicated by an appointed panel of three judges.

For more information about the Hornsby Art Prize, or to enter, visit