Paint, palette and prizes

By Greg Martin

Artists across the nation are brushing up on their brushwork as they prepare to put paint to canvas and prepare their works to enter the prestigious not-for-profit Hawkesbury Art Prize. Purple Noon Gallery Director, Dr Robyn Williams and her HAP committee have witnessed the prize develop significantly over the 10 years since its founding and it is now regarded as a must-enter competition for established and budding artists.

Purple Noon has forged a reputation for outstanding contemporary art projects, showcasing established practitioners from around Australia. The gallery incorporates a diverse mix of art, proudly supporting Australian Indigenous artists presented in association with several highly respected Aboriginal Art Centres. The primary focus of Purple Noon Gallery is to promote excellence and innovation in contemporary art. It holds diverse and exciting exhibitions, events, and forums to create opportunities for collectors and investors to meet with artists for discussion.

The HAP committee is thrilled that the HAP has attracted three highly-respected judges to adjudicate on this year’s entries – Dr Pamela James, Dan Kyle, and Madeleine Tuckerville-Carrano. Dr James is honoured art historian and a lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney. She was instrumental in establishing Australia’s first art crime committee and continues to work closely with the NSW and Australian Federal Police, advising on art fraud, theft, and forgery.

Dan Kyle is the justifiably proud recipient of the coveted 2020 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Dan lives at Kurrajong and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School in 2010.

Much of his painting reflects the changing landscape of the Blue Mountains and his works are held in the Collection of the Australian Catholic University and in many private collections throughout the country.

Australian Artist and Director of Camperdown’s esteemed Artsite Gallery, Madeleine Tuckerville-Carrano, is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading contemporary painters and print makers. Madeleine has exhibited paintings and worked on paper and prints since 1981. She has over 25 solo and numerous curated, group and finalist award exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

Sydney-based Madeleine has travelled extensively around Australia, as well as overseas on painting and photography trips. She has been to Europe, Asia, China, Japan, Morocco, Canada and America. Forty-five finalists from more than 300 entries will be announced on 17 September. The prize winners will be announced at Purple Noon Gallery on 9 October and all 45 paintings will be hung at the gallery until 29 October.

First prize is $10,000 plus a $4,000 two-week residency at Tony Kenny and David Leach’s idyllic Glenhuntley property at Kurrajong Heights. There are two Highly Commended prizes in the HAP. One artist wins a two-week Glenhuntley residency and $1,000 while the other Highly Commended Prize – also a Glenhuntley residency – is designated for a Hawkesbury-based artist if he or she fails to win one of the two major prizes. Another four artists will be recognised for their works by being awarded Commended Prizes. This year the HAP committee is also awarding a $500 Packers Prize.

Entries to the 2021 Hawkesbury Art Prize can be sourced at




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