The Clancy Prize

SCS-Clancy Prizes PosterThe Religious Art Exhibition for Sydney Catholic Schools, The Clancy Prize, will be held from 16 March to 29 March 2018.  The official opening and awards night will take place from 6pm on Friday 16 March 2018. The exhibition will be hosted by Australian Catholic University at the McGlade Gallery, Strathfield Campus.

The quality of this contemporary exhibition space provides a fantastic backdrop for this showcase of outstanding student work in the Visual Arts.

The new Clancy Prize theme coincides with the Church’s Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy:

The theme for the 2018 prize and exhibition celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy and is based on Pope Francis’ words and is:

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

This presentation is a useful resource for teachers to use with their students to discuss the Clancy theme and have students reflect on the Jubilee Year of Mercy. These additional resources should also prove useful for teachers to use with students to depth their understanding of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There are also a range of images relating to the theme to stimulate student thinking on the work that they could submit for the Clancy Prize.

Of critical importance is the relationship between the artwork and the accompanying artist’s statement. This 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.

These Guidelines for the Submission of Entries are to assist teachers and students in submitting their work. 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 2018 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,

Dr. Michael Bezzina
Director: Teaching and Learning