Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Advancing Art and Opportunity

Australian Art – Any Medium – All Women

The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.

We are excited to announce a new third category for the Art Prize, the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize.

The three prize categories are the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000.

Artwork judging is overseen by Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Patron and acclaimed artist, Jennifer Turpin. Join us as we celebrate the finest female talent in Australia.


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Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2020 Important Update

Thank you to all artists who entered the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

Finalists will be announced on 16 April and an online Catalogue of the 2020 finalists will be available on our website later in May.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Opening Night and announcement of winners on 29 May and Exhibition of Finalists (30 May to 14 June) have been postponed due to the COVID-19 health regulations.

We thank you for your support. We will continue to review the situation closely and keep you updated when it is possible to advise new dates for these much anticipated events.


Congratulations to our 2019 Winners

The 2019 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Professional Artist Prize of $35,000 has been won by Joanna Braithwaite for her oil on canvas artwork, Bold and the Beautiful, a bold and delightfully humorous work. A masterful painting which characterises our unique Australian birds whilst celebrating the eccentric in all of us. Chris Casali has won the Emerging Artist’s Prize of $5,000 for her graphite watercolour, Mutawintji Dreaming, an intriguing shimmering dreamscape; a complex work which conjures the space of the imagination.

Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize_winners and Anne Johnstone and Mark Steinert

Anne Johnstone, Ravenswood Principal, Joanna Braithwaite, Professional Artist winner, Chris Casali, Emerging Artist winner and Mark Steinert, Chair of Ravenswood Foundation.

Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Professional Artist Winner Joanna Braithwaite

Joanna Braithwaite won the Professional Artist Prize for her artwork Bold and the Beautiful.

Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Emerging Artist winner Chris Casali

Chris Casali won the Emerging Artist Prize for her artwork, Mutawintji Dreaming.

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Congratulations to artists who received Highly Commended recognition for their artworks

Professional Artists

  • Leila Jeffreys: Rain and June
  • Abbey McCulloch: Mammoth
  • Tamara Dean: Endangered 1

Emerging Artists

  • Jess Leonard: Lawrence to the Sky
  • Elaine Green: Heading Home
  • Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario: Farewell Angelina
"As Principal of Ravenswood I am delighted to present the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. Inspiring and connecting female visual artists, this significant Art Prize will strengthen the profile and legitimacy of careers in art for current and future generations of Australian women."

— Anne Johnstone, Principal, Ravenswood

"As Chairman of the Ravenswood Foundation, it is an honour to launch the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize. The prize has been established to raise the profile of this country's great female artists and to assist in helping the next generation of artists reach their fullest potential. The initiative is also expected to provide great opportunities for Ravenswood students and young people generally to immerse in art."

— Mark Steinert, Ravenswood Foundation Chairman



Artworks by 2019 Professional Artist Winner, Joanna Braithwaite – ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ and 2019 Emerging Artist Winner, Chris Casali – ‘Mutawintji Dreaming’