Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2020

Entries closed.

Entries have now closed. An online exhibition of finalist works will be available for viewing from Friday 31 July.

“2020 has seen unprecedented changes to the ways in which we all live and work. Artists have been particularly hard hit, with much of their already precarious work being cancelled and the venues they rely upon being closed to the public. In an effort to continue to provide opportunities to artists in these difficult times, Noosa Regional Gallery has decided to go ahead with the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize in 2020, albeit exclusively online. We recognise that the experience of an art work in person cannot be captured on a screen, however we hope that making this opportunity available in some form is better than not going ahead with the prize at all. In a further effort to increase access we have also made entry free in 2020.” 
Michael Brennan, Gallery Director, Noosa Regional Gallery

Noosa Regional Gallery invites contemporary Australian artists to submit works for entry into the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2020, dedicated to the memory of the late Lyn McCrea (1944 – 2015); contemporary visual artist, art educator and art collector.

The Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize was established by John McCrea in 2015 to honour Lyn’s passion for drawing as fundamental to visual arts practice. The prize is a national award held annually and is open to all practicing Australian contemporary artists. The aim of the prize is to promote excellence in contemporary Australian drawing.

The Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize is auspiced by Noosa Regional Gallery.

The winner of the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize receives $5000

People’s Choice Award $1000

People’s Choice is proudly sponsored by Friends Noosa Regional Gallery

Finalist Judge: Michael Zavros

Michael Zavros is a leading Australian artist. His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.


Entries open: 11 May 2020
Applications close: 19 July 2020
Shortlisted entries notified: 30-31 July 2020
Exhibition available online and winner announced: Friday 31 July from 6.00pm
Exhibition dates: 1 August – 4 October 2020
People’s choice announcement: 20 September 2020

All entries for must be received by midnight Sunday, 19 July 2020

Entry is FREE Artist may enter up to two (2) artworks in total as set out on the Entry Form.

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Main image: Elif Sezen, Unknown Woman with a Bird, 2019, pen and ink on paper, 63 x 55cm. Finalist in Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2019.