Sir John Sulman Prize

The Sir John Sulman Prize is one of Australia's longest-running art prizes, having been established in 1936.

It is now held concurrently with the Archibald Prize, Australia's best-known art prize, and also with the Wynne Prize, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney.


The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded each year for "the best subject/genre painting and/or murals/mural project executed during the two years preceding the [closing] date", and as of 2008 is valued at $20,000. Media may be acrylic, oil, watercolour or mixed media, and applicants must have been resident in Australia for five years.[1]

The definition of the terms as given by the AGNSW is:

A genre painting is normally a composition representing some aspect or aspects of everyday life, and may feature figurative, still-life, interior or figure-in-landscape themes. A subject painting, in contrast to a genre painting, is idealised or dramatised. Typically, a subject painting takes its theme from history, poetry, mythology or religion. In both cases, however, the style may be figurative, representative, abstract or semi-abstract. A mural is a picture that is affixed directly to a wall or ceiling, as part of an architectural and/or decorative scheme.[1]

List of winnersEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Major art prizes: Sir John Sulman Prize", Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Sir John Sulman Prize winners (1936 – )". Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Kaylene Whiskey". Artist Profile. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  4. ^ Galvin, Nick; Morris, Linda (25 September 2020). "'It only took 99 years': Vincent Namatjira wins 2020 Archibald Prize". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2020.

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