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Basil Sellers Art Prize

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is a biennial competition celebrating and awarding artistic excellence and creative practice and offers a prize pool of over $30,000.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize was founded in 2004 by businessman, philanthropist and art collector Mr Basil Sellers AM. Through a chance connection to Moruya, Mr Sellers developed a long and fruitful partnership with the Shire that has supported Eurobodalla’s artistic community in a meaningful way.

In 2018 the biennial prize was opened to include artists from NSW and the ACT with the major prize increased to $20,000.
Until 2016, Basil Sellers AM was the sole contributor of the prize. From 2018, a new award sponsored by Eurobodalla Shire Council was introduced. The Eurobodalla Award of $5000 honours a local entry into the prize and the work acquired for the Council’s permanent collection.

In 2022 the prize is poised to become a nationwide prize with a new direction for the latest evolution and an increased major prize of $25,000. The prize will champion 2D artworks in traditional medium and will call for entries from across Australia. The Eurobodalla award will continue to support local artists, ensuring their important place within the prize is safeguarded, while showcasing our local talent on a national stage.

2020 prize winners

The winners of this year’s Basil Sellers Art Prize were announced in a special online broadcast in early October, 2020:

  • Peter Matthew Yates was named the major prize winner for his portrait ‘Connection’. Peter received $20,000 and his winning work will be acquired by Mr Basil Sellers AM.
  • Moruya-based artist Raewyn Lawrence was awarded Council’s acquisitive Eurobodalla Artist Prize for her work ‘Smoke’. Raewyn received $5,000 and will have the opportunity for a solo exhibition in the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre 2021 program.
  • The $500 People’s Choice Award Winner, nominated by exhibition viewers, was awarded to Karyn Thompson for her artwork ‘Portents’.

Past winners

BSAP past winners include some of the most outstanding artists from the region whose practices traverse a number of mediums.

  • 2018: Anh Nguyen – Jamboree Mornings
  • 2016: Merryn Sommerville – Ghosts I’ve met
  • 2014: Susan Chancellor – The family lounge
  • 2012: Frances Luke – Mossy Point Headland 1
  • 2010: Stan Squires – Pambula river mouth
  • 2008: Kerry Johns – Lilli Pilli
  • 2006: Jennifer Hawkins – …and on that day they shall rise up…
  • 2004: Sue Christie – Life chaos and everything