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Dobell Prize for drawing, announcement of winner, Thursday 23 August 2007, 11am, Art Gallery of NSW

Drawing by Nick Mourtzakis - Winner of the 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing

The Dobell Prize is the most respected award for drawing in Australia. Initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the prize was first awarded in 1993. The winner receives $20,000.

The judge of the 2007 Dobell Prize is artist Colin Lanceley. The winner of this year's prize will be announced on Thursday 23 August at 11am. Works will be delivered to the Gallery between Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 August.

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 the prize-winning drawing each year. Last year Nick Mourtzakis won the prize for his drawing nature. Insects plants flowers. shell fish corals. The microscopic creatures. dreams. There are fourteen prize-winning drawings in the collection acquired as a result of the prize, which form part of a growing collection of contemporary Australian drawings at the gallery.

On view:24 August to 4 November 2007
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney Australia
Telephone:(02) 9225 1744 or recorded information (02) 9225 1790
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Hours:10am to 5pm 7 days a week
Art After Hours every Wednesday until 9pm
Admission:Free
Media Information and Interviews:Claire Martin (02) 9225 1734 or 0414 437 588
Email clairem@ag.nsw.gov.au

IMAGE CREDIT: Nick Mourtzakis nature. insects plants flowers. shell fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams. Winner of the 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing