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The R & M McGivern Prize was established by the will of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern and is a legacy of Muriel’s support of the arts in Maroondah.

The prize is awarded every three years by the Trustee for an outstanding, original art work in the medium of painting.

The R & M McGivern Prize is an acquisitive award and the winning art work will become the property of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection. The Prize aims to promote artistic excellence in painting and build a high quality collection for the Maroondah region.


For each year that the Prize is held, a different theme is selected.

The 2019 R & M McGivern Prize for painting calls all artists from around Australia to address the theme of the ANTHROPOCENE.

The Anthropocene describes an era proposed by scientists that dates from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.

Anthropocene directly translates to ‘anthro’ (human) ‘cene’ (recent). The concept proposes that the changes taking place within the environment may be a direct result of the behaviour of humans.

In calling for artists to consider this in relation to their submission, we invite a conversation about human impact, the environment, colonialism, sustainability, industrialisation, geology and ecology.

Entries close
11.59pm AEST, Friday 28 June 2019

Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd

$30 entry payment

Definition of ‘painting’ for the purposes of the Prize
The medium must include oil, acrylic, gouache or watercolour

$25,000 acquisitive R & M McGivern Prize
$1,000 non-acquisitive People’s Choice Prize

Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art
Ryan Johnston, Director, Buxton Contemporary
Penny Teale, Bunjil Place Gallery Curator

Award Administrator
Maroondah City Council

More about the arts in Maroondah

Emily Jones
Curator Exhibitions and Collection
Phone: 03 9298 4538 or 0405 676 887