The Dobell Prize for Drawing finalists
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2004 WINNER
FRIDAY 20 AUGUST at 12 noon
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Dobell Prize for Drawing is one of the most coveted art awards in Australia. Initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Prize was first awarded in 1993.
The judge of the 2004 Dobell Prize is eminent Australian artist John Olsen. The winner of this year's Prize will be announced on Friday 20 August at 12 noon.
The Dobell Prize for Drawing has always been the subject of discussion and debate about the nature of drawing. What constitutes a drawing is however deliberately not outlined in the conditions of entry. That has been left for competing artists to define by their practice and for each individual judge, annually appointed by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, to determine in the process of looking at all the entries. This flexible, open-minded approach has ensured that the greatest variety of drawings is submitted each year.
A condition of the Dobell Prize for Drawing is that the Art Gallery of New South Wales automatically acquires prize-winning drawings. In addition to the winning works a number of drawings by selected finalists have been gifted to the Gallery or purchased. In all there are 26 drawings in the collection acquired as a result of the Dobell Prize, which now forms a growing collection of contemporary Australian drawing.
The 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing finalists