National Works on Paper

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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 next National Works on Paper exhibition is scheduled for 2016, with entries accepted online from late 2015. The winner of 2014 National Works on Paper was Jess Johnson. The people's choice award went to Indigo O'Rourke.

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