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. The selected artists will also be invited to spend 3 weeks at ‘Giverny’, the NOCK ART FOUNDATION Residency in Queenstown, New Zealand, including studio facilities, vehicle access, flights and mentoring by the gallery directors of Defiance Gallery.

Winners of the Award will also receive an invitation to the Nock Art Foundation Residency, Queenstown, New Zealand during 2020.The Nock Art Foundation gives artists an opportunity to be immersed in the culture and landscape of the rugged and beautiful south island of N.Z.Three weeks accommodation at ‘Giverny’ is provided with studio facilities and access to a vehicle during the stay. Flights are included.

The recipients will donate a work to the Nock Art Foundation after the residency. The work will be exhibited at ‘Giverny’ and join the collection, creating a visual visitor’s book documenting the artists from around the world who have enjoyed the Queenstown residency.

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 (gift certificate).
  • 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.
  • Sofala Cottage will offer a selected artist a 1 week retreat at their beautiful guest house in Sofala, NSW.
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award (gift certificate) sponsored by FINE ART IMAGING.

In 2019, the Exhibition of National Finalists will be held at MENZIES ART BRANDS, 12 Todman Ave, Kensington 2033. 

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