Thank you to all who attended the Mandorla Artist Forums

25 September, 2017

Over the past two months, the Mandorla Art Award committee has been spreading the word of the 2018 award all over the country. The committee hosts Artist Forums as an opportunity for artists to hear from leading theologians and previous finalists. As a thematic religious art prize, Mandorla provides these opportunities to allow artists to learn more about the chosen biblical theme. In 2018 artists are being asked to respond to the reading:

“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).

In addition to the Forums, the Mandorla website ( features a range of commentaries and reflections on the theme for artists to use in their research to gain a deeper understanding to inform their artwork.

2016 Finalist Courtney Spence with Mandorla Chairperson Angela McCarthy

We would like to thank all the speakers and organisations that helped facilitate the forums:

Sydney – SPARC, Michael Laverty

Newcastle – Adamstown Church, Rev Rod Pattenden and Fiona Pfennigwerth

Adelaide – Catholic Education Office, Rev Dr Michael Trainor

Brisbane – Francis Rush Centre hosted by Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group with special assistance from Michelle Bowden

Melbourne – Cardinal Knox Centre hosted by Dr Paul Taylor

Perth – Turner Galleries – Helen Turner Jana Braddock and Camilla Loveridge

Margaret River – Margaret River Art Gallery organised by Maureen Sellick

Mandurah – Mandurah Catholic College Father Chris Ross, Rev Craig Collas, 2016 finalist Bob Booth

Entries for the 2018 award are currently open and will close on 12 March. A selection panel consisting of two arts professionals and one theologian will choose a selection of 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 
0407 089 224

Kristy Gough
0405 709 159

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

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