The Clancy Prize 2019

Clancy Prize Religious Art Exhibition 2019 PosterIn 2019 the Religious Art Exhibition for Sydney Catholic Schools, The Clancy Prize, celebrates 20 years. The official opening and awards night will take place from 6pm on Friday 15 March 2019. The exhibition will be hosted by Australian Catholic University at the McGlade Gallery, Strathfield Campus from 15 March to 29 March 2019. The quality of this contemporary exhibition space provides a fantastic backdrop for this showcase of outstanding student work in the Visual Arts.

The Clancy Prize theme emerged from the 2015 Church’s Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Clancy Prize theme in 2019 is:

“A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Pope Francis

Of critical importance is the relationship between the artwork and the accompanying artist’s statement. The artist’s statement should make explicit the ways in which the work responds to the theme. Teachers are asked to emphasise with their students the importance of a clear and explicit link between the artist’s statement and the submitted work. Where possible, teachers are asked to encourage participation in the Clancy Prize by devoting some class time to aspects of the prize and providing opportunities for students to dedicate some time for the making of works for the exhibition.

Awards within the Clancy Prize and Art Exhibition are as follows:

  • The Clancy Prize – $2,000
  • The Executive Director’s Award

$1,000 for the student
$1,000 for the school
Work Exhibited for 12 months at St Martha’s, Leichhardt

  • Brian Jordan Prize – $1,000
  • The Monsignor Doherty Prize – $500
  • ACU School of Arts and Sciences will award three x $100 prizes
  • ACU School of Education will award three x $100 prizes
  • Sponsors’ Awards

Each year the judges have expressed an appreciation of the quality of works provided by students in Years 7 – 10 and I would like to encourage entries from Years 7 to 10, especially collaborative works. Arrangements for the submission of Year 12 works should occur with students prior to the conclusion of their final HSC examination.

The opportunity for students to offer their works for sale will be provided in the conditions of entry document. On submission of artist statements, students will be asked to identify if they are interested in offering their work for sale and to nominate a price. Works will be identified during the exhibition by a sticker which will indicate that the work can be purchased. Arrangements for purchasing a work will be made through the curator of the exhibition. The curator will determine if the price asked is reasonable and if the price is seen as unrealistic, the work will not be offered for sale. Students who do offer their works for sale will also be invited to donate 10% of the purchase price to either the St Vincent de Paul Society or to Caritas Australia.

Collection of artworks by the due date after the exhibition is the responsibility of the school or student. Please note that there are no facilities for storage of artworks beyond the date of collection. Sydney Catholic Schools and ACU will take no responsibility for artworks that are not collected.

To submit student entries for the prize and exhibition schools are asked to:

  1. Complete the online School Submission Form
  2. Complete the online Artist Statement
  3. Print the Conditions of Entry Form and scan and email the completed form to

Please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Fenton at Sydney Catholic Schools on (02) 9568 8101 or 0419 302 458 or email for any queries in regards to the exhibition.

I am sure that the 2019 Clancy Art Prize and Religious Art Exhibition will continue to grow in the quality and numbers of entries, for this celebration of the creativity and spirituality of our students.

Best wishes
Genevieve Moss
Director, Teaching and Learning