2022 Mandorla Art Award

8200 Souls, found object, resin, LED lighting, by Britt Mikkelsen, major winner of the 2021 Mandorla Art Award. Photo Peta Stenhouse.

2022 Mandorla Art Award

The theme for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award is: 

Metamorphosis – a profound or radical change

Reference: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)

In our pandemic world people have been forced to change their behaviour, work habits, eating habits, socialising rituals, and many other aspects of life. In our contemporary world, environmental changes affect oceans, land and humankind. Artists can help us to understand the depth of these changes and open us up to new ways of seeing what is possible, what is abhorrent, what is virtuous, what is needed.  

The Mandorla Art Award for 2022 has chosen Metamorphosis as its theme so we can continue to develop our understanding of what these radical changes mean to us today. 

There are multiple layers in the theme for artists to explore, providing reflection and opening meaningful conversations for visitors to the exhibition, which a public program will explore further.


1. The Theme

  1. The Mandorla Art Award employs a thematic spiritual inspiration that changes with each exhibition. These inspirations are defined by quotations from the Bible and all participating artists are required to interpret these in their own way.
  2. Submissions for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award must clearly demonstrate a direct relationship to the theme. Submissions that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted into the Finalists Exhibition.
  3. The theme for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award is:

2. Exhibition Details

  1. Artworks chosen as Finalists in the Award will be displayed in the Finalists’ Exhibition and a judging panel will select winning artworks.
  2. The venue of the exhibition will be announced by mid 2021.

3. Prize Structure

  1. The major prize for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award is a $25,000 acquisitive prize.
  2. The winning work will become part of the permanent collection of the Mandorla Centre for Inner Peace Inc, and is kept in trust at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, WA.
  3. The $25,000 prize money includes Mandorla’s acquisition of the work.
  4. In addition to the major acquisitive award, there will be two highly commended non-acquisitive awards of $5,000 each; the Patricia Toohey Painting Award of $5,000 and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award winner.
  5. The total prize pool is $42,000.

4. Entry Requirements and Details

  1. Entry to The Mandorla Art Award is open to all artists resident in Australia, aged 18 years and over.
  2. Entry is limited to one artwork per person.
  3. Failure to comply with any of the conditions of entry will deem the entry disqualified and refunds will not be offered.
  4. Online entries must be received by 5:00pm WST (GMT +8), Wednesday 1 December 2021. Please note, entries received after the closing date and time will NOT be accepted. The online entry form will generate an automated response if your entry has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this email please try again or contact the Curator at curator@mandorlaart.com Please allow sufficient time for any possible delays in processing your entry.
  5. Entry Process: Applicants must submit an Entry Form online at www.mandorlaart.com All fields are to be completed in the Entry Form and is to be accompanied by the Entry Fee, Artist’s Statement, Artist Biography and up to 4 high resolution images (at least 300dpi, no greater than 5MB each, JPG files only) of the one work for consideration – at least one image must be of the entire work and at least one image must be a close up showing the detail of the work.
  6. Artists working in new media (digital video works) will be required to submit a single still of the artwork through the online Entry Form, as well as supplying a link to a file-sharing service for the entire artwork entry in .mp4 or .mov file formats (maximum duration of 4 minutes).
  7. Entry Fee: All entry forms must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee of $AU50 per work (including GST). Payment will be made online at the time of submitting the Entry Form.
  8. Artist’s Statement: Artists are to submit a synopsis of the submitted work to a maximum of 500 characters, including spaces.
  9. Artist Biography: Artists are to provide an overview of their artistic practice, to a maximum of 500 characters, including spaces.
  10. The Artist Statement and Artist Biography will be used for publication purposes. Please be aware they will be edited and proofread to correct grammatical errors. Please ensure spelling and grammar is correct to minimize this procedure. It is recommended artists draft their artist statement and artist biography prior to submitting the entry to ensure the character limit is not exceeded and spelling and grammar are correct.
  11. No late changes will be accepted.
  12. Artworks to be hung must be no larger than 150cmx150cm (including frame) and must not exceed 15kg.
  13. 3D works must be no larger than 120 x 120 x 120cm and must not exceed 50kg.
  14. Multiple pieces are only accepted where they constitute a single entry and do not exceed the specified dimensions and weight in total when displayed.
  15. A range of disciplines and mediums are encouraged.
  16. Artworks must be the original work of the artist and not infringe copyright.
  17. Artworks must be executed entirely during the 12 months leading up to the close of entries, commencing 1 December 2020
  18. Artworks must be completed at the time of submission of the Entry Form and images.
  19. Artworks must not have been previously exhibited.
  20. Mandorla Art Award artworks must be for sale. If the artist is registered for GST, the selling price must be GST inclusive.
  21. Commission: A commission of 40% will apply in the event of an artwork being sold. For those artists whose work is represented by a gallery, this commission will be divided equally between the gallery and the Mandorla Art Award.
  22. Artists will be notified in event of a sale. On no account are artists to organise their own sales of work in the exhibition for the duration they are on show.

5. Ownership and Risk/Responsibilities

  1. The Artist agrees they shall retain ownership of the artwork until sold and paid in full.
  2. Mandorla will exercise all due care in the handling and protection of the artwork.
  3. Mandorla will not be held responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever or however caused to any work while in their custody.
  4. Each artist is responsible for acquiring his/her own insurance to cover the artwork during transportation and while on display in the exhibition.
  5. All shipping costs will be the responsibility of the artist, including return freight costs for unsold artworks. Unsold artworks must be collected by the artist or their agent at the closure of the exhibition as directed by the Curator.

6. Publicity and Promotional Material

  1. Copyright statement: The Mandorla Art Award Committee respects the fact that artists always retain the copyright of the image of their own work. As an acquisitive award, the Mandorla Art Award winners are kept as an important collection of contemporary Christian art and are housed in the art gallery at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Trinity in New Norcia where all, or part of the collection, is housed and exhibited on a regular basis. As a condition of entry, artists accept the image of their work can be used by the Mandorla Art Award Committee and the New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery for publicity purposes and will always be appropriately acknowledged. Should the images be used for fundraising, the artist will be consulted and any resultant profit will be shared between the artist/s and the Committee at an agreed rate.
  2. Mandorla reserves the right to document, reproduce or otherwise use images of any artwork entered into the Art Awards for purposes associated with the Awards, without charge.
  3. Artists will be responsible for satisfying copyright requirements, should they have quoted or reproduced from any printed or other material.

7. Shortlisting of entries

  1. Selection Process: Acceptance into this Award is via a selection process only. An independent Selection Panel will comprise two arts specialists and one theologian.
  2. The Selection Panel will consider the artist’s approach to the theme and artistic excellence when making the selection of artworks to be included in the Finalists’ Exhibition.
  3. The Selection Panel will only utilize the information provided by the artist in their submission to the Award.
  4. All artists will be advised of the outcome of the shortlisting process by Wednesday 22 December 2021.

8. Judging and Announcement of Winners

  1. A second independent Judging Panel will comprise two arts specialists and one theologian to determine the Award winners.
  2. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into. The winner will be advised by telephone immediately after the judging takes place.
  3. The announcement of the prize winners will be made at the Award Opening.

9. Information for Finalists – Artwork Delivery and Collection

  1. Delivery: Artists will be advised of a delivery date, time and location.
  2. Artworks to be hung must be fitted with large ‘D’ rings (20mm) for hanging on the back of the work (approx. 10cm from the top) and hanging cord/wire attached.
  3. Artworks must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and the artwork title on the back of the work.
  4. All artworks will be professionally presented within the gallery.
  5. Collection: Artists will be advised of collection date, time and location.
  6. Artists will be notified prior to Collection Day if their artwork has sold or has been selected to be part of the Touring Exhibition.
  7. Freighting of artworks is arranged by the artist, at the artist’s expense.
  8. Artworks not collected at the specified time will be stored for 10 days only at The Priory, 2 Morgans Street, Tuart Hill. If not collected within this time, the artwork may be auctioned with the proceeds going to charity.
  9. The People’s Choice Award will be announced by the Abbot of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia at the opening of the Touring Exhibition at New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery (date TBA).

10. Touring Exhibition

  1. After the Finalists’ Exhibition, a selection of works will be chosen to be part of the Mandorla Art Award Touring Exhibition. The first venue will be the prestigious New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery (WA). Additional touring venues are to be confirmed. The Touring Exhibition provides further exposure for the selected artists’ work for approximately two months.
  2. All Finalists’ artworks are to be made available for the touring exhibition.
  3. Artists will be notified prior to collection day if their artwork has been selected to tour.
  4. Not all Finalists’ work will be able to be selected for the Touring Exhibition due to restrictions within the touring venues.
  5. At the conclusion of the Touring Exhibition, artworks will be transported to a location where they will be available for collection.


Contact Details

For all artwork queries please contact curator@mandorlaart.com


Entries Close: 1 December 2021
Artists Notified: 22 December 2021


Held in September at Holmes à Court Gallery, 10 Douglas St, West Perth, the venue for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award.

The Theme Panel was steered by MC Mike Crichton from Sonshine FM, as the panel explored multiple viewpoints to assist you in preparing your entry.

Explore the 2022 Mandorla Art Award theme Metamorphosis with the panel:

  • Angela McCarthy, Chairperson: an introduction to Mandorla Art Award
  • Lyn DiCiero, Curator        
  • Britt Mikkelsen, 2021 Mandorla major winner of the $25,000 St John of God Health Care Prize 
  • Sylvia Grevel, writer and lecturer on contemporary spirituality, art and spiritual care     
  • David Cohen, Theologian and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Language

Watch the Forum in full: 

Mandorla Theme Forum
Holmes à Court Gallery, West Perth

Participants delved deeply into the 2022 Mandorla Art Award theme with a one day and one night retreat at New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town.

The creation and depiction of forms is the core business of artists. Creating changes in our inner and outer lives is the spiritual way. In this short retreat the two came together in four sessions, providing inspiration to fire the imagination, and opportunities to meet other artists.

Retreat leaders were Sylvia Grevel, Mary Casotti, Rev John Ward and Angela McCarthy. All are Mandorla Art Award Committee members, and scholars on Art and Spirituality.

Mandorla Theme Retreat

For commentaries about the theme click the button below:

For Conditions of Entry in the 2022 Mandorla Art Award click the button below:


Entries Close: 18 March 2022               

Artists Notified: 8 April 2022

Opening Night: 6pm Friday 20 May 2022

Exhibition dates: 21 May – 10 June 2022

Exhibition location: Holmes à Court Gallery, 10 Douglas St, West Perth 


For all artwork enquiries please contact curator@mandorlaart.com


Selection Panel: Honorary Professor Ted Snell, Edith Cowan University; Susanna Castleden, artist and Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of Graduate Research in the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University, and Glen Morrison, Theologian. 

Judges: Chris Malcolm, Director John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University; Erin Coates, artist and Public Art, City of Perth, and Ros Fairless, Theologian.