skip to main content
Inaugural Georges River Art Prize winners announced


Georges River Council Mayor Cr Kevin Greene is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Georges River Art Prize. 

Created on the foundations of the St George Art Awards and Kogarah Art Prize, this new biennial Art Prize is hosted by Council as a platform for artists to showcase their work, Mayor Greene said.  

“With over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, more than 300 entries were submitted for the Art Prize across the different categories, which is a testament to the enthusiasm, interest and passion for the arts in our local area,” he said. 

“It gives me great pleasure to announce Ross Skinner as the winner of the Georges River Prize; Geoff Harvey as the winner of the Sculpture Prize; and Steve Lopes as the winner of the Local Artist Prize.”  

“I am also proud to announce Matthew Hong as the winner of the Georges River Little Artist Prize and Ann Yang as the winner of the Georges River Youth Prize.” 

“Congratulations to all of our winners. Winning these categories shows your skills and creativity as artists,” he added.  

“All visitors to the Georges River Art Prize exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favourite artists. Those with the most votes will then be awarded the Georges River People’s Choice Prize and Favourite Young Artist Prize on Friday 1 December 2017.”  

Mayor Greene highlighted that the Art Prize is an important cultural event for the community and it demonstrates Council’s commitment to providing opportunities for artists to share their work within the local community.  

“The Art Prize is also a valuable addition to existing Sydney-based art prizes, and with the inclusion of two local youth prize categories distinguishes it from other competitions, as few other prizes have a dedicated youth category.” 

Mayor Greene also thanked media partner Chinese News and Media Group for their support of the Art Prize. 

“I would also like to thank the judges Kon Gouriotis OAM, Fellow of the Royal Art Society Greg Hansell, and Western Sydney University Art Curator Monica McMahon for their time in selecting winners,” he said.  

“It is fantastic to have such high calibre industry professionals judge this year’s entrants”. 

The winners and finalists’ works for the Georges River Art Prize are on display from 4 November to 13 December 2017.  

The Georges River Art Prize and Sculpture Prize are on exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, and the Georges River Youth Prize and Little Artist Prize are on show at Kogarah Library and Service Centre.  

Winners awarded: 
Georges River Art Prize – $10,000 acquisitive,
Winner: Ross Skinner – Yellow Calla Lilies
Highly commended: 
Chee Yong – Self-portrait as a ghost 
Moritaka Suzuki – Still life with porcelain vase
Clifford How - Scoured 

Georges River Sculpture Prize – $5,000,
Winner: Geoff Harvey – Black swan 

Georges River Local Artist Prize – $4,000 acquisitive and a solo exhibition,
Winner: Steve Lopes – Scarborough Park 

Georges River Little Artist Prize (7 - 12 years of age) – $200 materials voucher,
Matthew Hong – Rescue Mission 
Highly commended: 
Natalie Tsang – My selfie 
Nicolette Tsang – Light me up 
Chloe Huang – Still vases 

Georges River Youth Prize (13 - 17 years of age) - $300 materials voucher,
 Ann Yang – Abandonment 
Highly commended: 
Leo Park – Korean peninsula 
Wendy Tang – Polar bear’s scarf 
Larissa White – Geometric statue  

Georges River Council Live Chat

Welcome to Georges River Council. How can we help?