2018 Mandorla Prize Pool increases to $42,000!

20 December, 2017

A new award has been added to the prize pool for the 2018 Mandorla Art Award.  The Patricia Toohey Painting Award was recently added to the number of awards to be presented and has been generously supported by St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco.

Founding Mandorla committee member Patricia Toohey recently suffered a major health issue and is no longer able to contribute to her much beloved arts activities.  St Joseph’s Parish wanted to honour Pat with a special award for her many years of work in bringing faith and culture together through the arts.  Pat has seen Mandorla transform to a nationally recognised award since its inception in 1985.  She has been missed at the monthly committee meetings where she leads the group in meditation before the meeting commences.

She has also been a long-time member of the University of Western Australia Choral Society where she made another strong commitment to our culture.

In 2014 Pat lamented that none of the prize-winning artworks were paintings, one of her favourite forms of expression.  It is for this reason that the award named in her honour will recognise an artist’s outstanding work in painting.

The 2018 Mandorla Award will now offer prizes of $42,000 including:

  • The Mandorla Award $25,000 (acquisitive) for the best work overall sponsored by St John of God Health Care
  • Two Highly Commended Awards of $5,000 each sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth and the Uniting Church in the City
  • The People’s Choice Award $2,000 proudly sponsored by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia
  • The Pat Toohey Painting Award $5,000 sponsored by St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco


The 2018 Award is currently open for entries that reflect the theme:

“And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev 21:1-2).

Artists interested in entering are encouraged to visit the website www.mandorlaart.com and sign up for our mailing list. The website includes commentaries and reflections on the theme to assist artists in developing their work.  Entries will close on Monday 12 March at 5pm WST.


About the Mandorla Art Award

The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic religious art prize, attracting some of the country’s finest artists since its 1985 inception. For more information, visit www.mandorlaart.com

Entries for the 2018 award are currently open and will close on 12 March.  The Selection Panel will choose the artworks to be shown in the finalist’s exhibition, to be held at Turner Galleries in Perth from 1 – 30 June 2018.  Artists working in a range of mediums are encouraged to enter.  Following the finalists exhibition, selected works will be chosen to tour to New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, St Mary’s Cathedral Perth and St John of God Healthcare.


Please contact Chairperson Angela McCarthy or Curator Kristy Gough for media interviews or photos.


Angela McCarthy                                                                                        Kristy Gough

0407 089 224                                                                                              0405 709 159

angela@mandorlaart.com                                                                    curator@mandorlaart.com


About St John of God Health Care


St John of God Health Care is a leading not for profit Catholic health care group, employing 9,300 caregivers across 13 hospitals, pathology, home nursing and Social Outreach and Advocacy services in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. For more information, visit www.sjog.org.au