Marlene Antico OAM at the opening of the Paddington Art Prize 2018

The Paddington Art Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.


The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

Marlene Antico OAM, created the Prize in order to assist with the monetary difficulties that often impede artists from showcasing their works. As an art student, gallery owner and volunteer guide at the AGNSW for over 10 years, she has underscored her commitment to supporting contemporary Australian artists, aware, of the financial concerns that prevent many artists from devoting themselves entirely to their art practice.


In 2017, Chris Antico, Marlene’s son joined as Principal Co-sponsor of the prize. The Paddington Art Prize appreciates the ongoing generosity of the following key sponsors and supporters: Marlene Antico OAM, Chris Antico, UNSW Art & Design, The Sydney Art Store, Sofala Cottage, Charvin Oils, Lucio’s Italian Restaurant, Defiance Gallery,  Nock Art Foundation, Tracey Deep Floral Sculptures, Valiant Hire and Woollahra Municipal Council.


Prize money of $30,000 is to be awarded to the artist of the single winning entry. This National acquisitive prize is for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape, painted in the last 12 months and not previously exhibited at an art prize. For a full list of terms and conditions please visit here.



  • The DEFIANCE GALLERY PRIZE which offers two unrepresented finalists an exhibition at Mary Place Gallery, Sydney. Two unrepresented artists selected from the  entries by director Campbell Robertson-Swann will be offered a joint exhibition with Defiance Gallery at 12 Mary Place, Sydney in 2022 and offered a residency at SKYE, courtesy of Nigel Stewart. Each winner will be given $2500 from the Nock Art Foundation to support their exhibition.

The exhibition at Defiance Gallery, Mary Place is generously supported by:

    • PIGMENT LAB: Art supplies to the value of $500 for each artist.
    • STEPHEN OXENBURY PHOTOGRAPHY: Professional Photographic documentation of all works in the exhibition.
    • ARTIST PROFILE MAGAZINE: Full page advertisement promoting the exhibition.
    • NOYCE BROTHERS WINE: Sponsoring wine for the opening night of the exhibition.
    • ARTEQ: Professional Installation and hanging of exhibition.


  • $3,000 Honourable Mention prize sponsored by CHRIS ANTICO.
  • $1,000 Highly Commended Prize sponsored by JULIA MARTIN
  • Print Prize sponsored by UNSW ART & DESIGN who will offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print under the tutelage of Michael Kempson.
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award (gift certificate) sponsored by FINE ART IMAGING.


In 2021, subect to Covis-19 restrictions, the Exhibition of National Finalists will be held at DEFIANCE GALLERY, 12 Mary Place Paddington NSW 2010.


If you would like yo become involved with the Paddington Art Prize, please contact us at info@paddingtonartprize.com.au.

In 2021, the Exhibition of National Finalists will be held at DEFIANCE GALLERY, 12 Mary Place Paddington NSW 2010. 


If you would like to become involved with the Paddington Art Prize please contact us at info@paddingtonartprize.com.au.