National Works on Paper

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Entries are now closed for the 2014 National Works on Paper, which will be on display 23 May – 20 July 2014.

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.

In 2010, Vivien Gaston wrote an essay describing each work in the exhibition. Read it here. (473KB)

The winner of the Beleura House and Garden Major Acquisitive Award receives $15,000. Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Acquisition Fund; Friends of the MPRG Acquisition Fund and the Ursula Hoff Institute Acquisitive Prize.

Important dates:

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 14 March 2014
  • Notification of selection for exhibition: Friday 4 April 2014
  • Official opening and announcement of award and acquisitions: Saturday 24 May 2014
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 20 July 2014
  • Return of works: 24 – 25 July 2014

The judging panel for the 2014 National Works on Paper is:

  • Jane Alexander, Director, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
  • Jane Devery, Curator Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria
  • Jenepher Duncan, Curator Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Acquisitions will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition.

Richard Lewer, Father Keane 2008, charcoal on paper, Winner 2012 Beleura National works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Photograph: Mark Ashkanasy
Arlene Textaqueen, Where will we go when the world implodes? (Taylor Mac) 2006, felt-tip markers on paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Purchased from National Works on Paper 2008
Ralf Kempken, Cage 2012, paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Purchased from National Works on Paper 2012, Courtesy of the artist
eX de Medici, Red (Colony) 2000, watercolour on paper, Gift of Beleura – The Tallis Foundation, winner of the Acquisitive Award, 2002, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Danie Mellor, An unsettled vision (the predicament) 2007–2008, pastel, pencil, watercolour and glitter pen on paper with Swarovski crystal, Winner National Works on Paper 2008, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Courtesy of the artist