Grassland Art Prize

Grassland Art Prize - GAP 2024

The Grassland Art Prize opened on Saturday June 8th, 2024.

The theme for this year’s exhibition was Don’t Leave Childhood Without………

The competition was open to all forms of two-dimensional artwork including but not limited to, all paint mediums, drawings, and photography. The size of a 2D work must be 305mm x 406mm in height or width and x 40mm in depth, not including frame in either landscape or portrait orientation.

The 2024 winners were:

1st ($3000)            Without a Sense of Fashion by Lynette Hardie (Blackall) 

2nd ($1000)          Sprinkle Toes by Naomi McKenzie (Toogoolawah)

3rd ($500)             Holidayz by Rose Knight (Strathfield, NSW)

2024 Sponsors:

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation                                                          Harvey Black Group

Sanderson Family Trust                                                                    Geoff and Cassie Swanson


What our Judge had to say....

The Exhibition…..

In her opening remarks, our judge, Sarah Johnson, congratulated all the artists who contributed to the exhibition, commending them for their bravery in showcasing their work. The exhibition featured an outstanding variety of pieces, with the theme “Don’t Leave Childhood Without…” evoking memories of family, holidays, pets, nostalgic moments of fruit picking, beach play, and running through sprinklers.

The Winners

The three winners reveal very different interpretations of the theme ‘Don’t Leave Childhood Without…’

The third prize winner, Rose Knight, created an evocative image titled “Holidayz” that captures the essence of playing on the beach. The energetic brushstrokes convey the sensation of the breeze, the movement of the waves, and the delightful play of light within the frame.

The second prize was awarded to Naomi McKenzie for her hand-developed film photograph, which captures a universally relatable scene: children playing with a garden hose, enjoying simple and inexpensive fun. Cleverly composed, the artwork focuses on the legs and torso dancing in the spray, with light reflecting off the bitumen.

The first prize winner, Lynette (Lindy) Hardie, created a whimsical and humorous piece that epitomizes the sense of play, featuring a child dressed in goggles and cowboy boots. Titled “Without a Sense of Fashion,” the artwork offers a playful interpretation of dress-ups and the uninhibited nature of childhood.

Sarah Johnson

Meet our Judge

Sarah Johnson 

With twenty-five years of experience in the arts, gallery, and museum sector, Sarah Johnson is the Senior Curator of QANTAS Founders Museum, managing the extensive collection of over 10,000 objects, including aircraft, aviation material, and memorabilia in the Longreach collection.

For the previous ten years, Sarah was the Curator of Newcastle Art Gallery NSW, the second-largest public visual art collection in NSW. Holding that position since 2012, Johnson managed a collection of 7500 works of art, including Australian painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and Japanese and Australian ceramics dating from colonial to contemporary.

Sarah has extensive experience with cultural institutions such as the Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, and Singapore. In 2010 Sarah received the Museums & Galleries NSW/Arts NSW Museum fellowship with the National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum. In 2019 Sarah was Curator in residence at Bundanon, home of artist Arthur Boyd on the NSW south coast.

Sarah has many published articles in visual exhibition catalogues, journals, and industry publications. She has also been featured in art documentaries, The Still Point, Robert McFarlane and Joseph Lycett, broadcast on ABC, SBS, and NITV.

Sarah has a MA (ArtAdmin) Master of Art Administration from the University of New South Wales, and BA (Bachelor of Arts) from Newcastle University, majoring in history, art and cinema history and a Diploma in Art and Law from the Institute of Art & Law in London.

Grassland Art Prize Judge