31 October to 5 December 2021

The Calleen Art Award (the Calleen) was founded in 1977 by art patron and collector Mrs Patricia Fagan, OAM as an acquisitive art prize with the inaugural winner forming the nucleus of the “Calleen Collection”. It was Patricia Fagan’s dream to have a permanent home for the display and storage of the Calleen Collection which came to fruition with the opening of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in October 2000. A significant feature of the Calleen Art Award has been the prevailing trend to focus on painting in any style or subject during the past 44 years, now a condition of entry since 2009.

The Calleen Art Award is one of the Gallery’s most treasured projects and definitely a favourite annual exhibition with the Cowra community. Its recognition as a significant and prestigious art award open to artists across Australia is a reflection of its aims to present artworks that not only possess skill and technique but also remain original and innovative.

Through the generous support of the Calleen Trust, $25,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 and their winning artwork will join the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

In 2021 the Calleen Art Award offers a magnificent showcase of finalists selected from over 400 entries by a panel of art professionals.  Visitors will have the opportunity to encounter an exhibition connecting with a wide-range of painting styles and diverse issues by artists from across Australia.

The announcement of the Calleen Art Award 2021 winner was made at the exhibition opening of finalists on Saturday 30 October 2021. The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 is Rachel Ellis with her painting Claret Ash, Bathurst. She received $25,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Watch the Exhibition Walkthrough with Waynne Tunnicliffe

Enjoy an exhibition walkthrough with Calleen Art Award 2021 Judge Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW.

Featured artists include Genevieve Carroll, Louise Zhang, Anna Petyarre Price, Wendy Teakel, Naomi Lawler, Carol Christie, Michael Simms, Col Jordan and Calleen Art Award 2021 Winner Rachel Ellis.

Watch the announcement of the Calleen Art Award winner for 2021

The announcement of the Calleen Art Award 2021 winner was made at the exhibition opening of finalists on Saturday 30 October 2021. The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 is Rachel Ellis with her painting Claret Ash, Bathurst. She received $25,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Calleen Art Award 2021 Finalists

Click here to view the Calleen Art Award 2021 Finalists in list format.

Please note thumbnails are cropped. Click on the image to view the full artwork.

Vote in the 2021 Calleen People’s Choice Award

The 2021 People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is $1,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery and announced at the end of the Calleen Art Award exhibition.

Click here to vote online.