Tony White Memorial Art Prize


Entries 3-28 August

Exhibition 2-5 October

Tony White was Australia’s most important jewellery designer. He created one-of-kind jewellery over four decades, carving out a singular space in the Australian art world. No one else matched his unique vision, his versatility nor his success, with his designs located in the world of fine art rather than craft and commerce. Tony’s unusual and striking creations are held in private and public collections around the world including the National Gallery of Australia. His clients have included prime ministers, governor generals and many Australian and international celebrities. 

With his partner of 38 years, designer Alexander Michael, Tony amassed one of the most extraordinary private contemporary art collections in Australia, containing works by Jeffrey Smart, Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley, Charles Blackman, Keith Looby, John Coburn, Donald French, Martin Sharp, Tim Storrier and John Olsen.

Having studied and practiced initially as an architect, Tony was also an aspiring painter. He was working towards his first solo exhibition. He managed to finish the work, but sadly after a short battle with cancer, Tony didn’t make it for the opening. The exhibition, held at The SHAC, was a near sell-out. Thanks to the generosity of Alexander Michael, proceeds from that exhibition are allowing us to create and offer the first Tony White Memorial Art Prize for a young emerging Australian artist.

Curator: Jane Cush – former Director and Curator, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, also Artistic Director, Canberra Glassworks and Southern Tablelands Art

Judges: Brenda May – Owner/Curator May Space, formerly Brenda May Gallery and Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney – & Damien Minton – former Owner/Curator Damien Minton Gallery and coordinator Hughes and Watters Galleries, Sydney

Entry: All original contemporary visual artworks by young, emerging Australian artists. Any style and any medium but encouraging new and innovative visual art including but not limited to painting in any medium, printmaking, digital, photographic and video art, textile and fabric art, multi-media and new media. We encourage interesting and provocative work, diversity and experimentation and challenges to traditional cultural systems and boundaries by working with a range of contemporary concepts and subjects.

Special Criteria for the Tony White Memorial Art Prize: Australian emerging artists 30 years of age or younger as of 3 August 2020.

Online Entries: Open 3-28 August at

Entry Fee: $30/entry, limit two – Commission: 25%

Prizes: The most recent Prize saw over 400 entries from Sydney, throughout NSW plus Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. The then $5,000 Kangaroo Valley Art Prize went to painter Robyn Kinsela for “Rain Setting In”. This year, a total of $17,000 in prize money (see Kangaroo Valley Art Prize) including the new $5,000 Tony White Memorial Art Prize.

Sales: All accepted artwork for sale at the Exhibition and through our Online Gallery through October – over 1,000 people at previous Exhibition – 30% of artworks sold

Full details and entry form at


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