Some years ago, a guy called Patrick thought we should have an art prize for up-and-coming Tasmanian artists.

Patrick had a quiet word with David. David offered $8000, and the Mona Scholarship was born. Someone called Jim ran the show for a while. After a couple of years the prize was upped to $12500, and Lindy (David’s sister) got involved.

Nowadays, the Mona Scholarship is no longer. Instead, we partner with Detached Cultural Organisation and Contemporary Art Tasmania on SHOTGUN: a support and opportunity program, which, this year, awarded two Tasmanian artists $45000.

Mona Scholarship Winners
2001: Phaedra Brothers, painter
2002: Andrew Evans, sculptor
2003: Kathryn Faludi Ball, photographer
2004: Philip McKay, painter
2005: Alan Young, painter
2007: Rebecca Coote, sculptor/glass artist
2007: Rob O’Connor, painter
2008: Alicia King, bio-artist
2008: James Newitt, time-based media artist
2009: Sara Wright, ceramicist
2009: Judith Abell, sculptor
2010: Cath Robinson, installation/sound artist
2010: Sonia Heap, installation artist working in dress
2011: Alyssa Simone, digital media artist
2012: Pip Stafford, media artist
2013: Rahni Allan, multimedia artist
2014: Liam James, photographer

Go to SHOTGUN website >
Ariadnes Thread, Alyssa Simone
Ariadnes Thread, 2012, Alyssa Simone
Seven Sisters The Sailing Ones, Liam James
Seven Sisters The Sailing Ones, Liam James
Youth The Three Ages of Women, Sonia Heap
Youth The Three Ages of Women, Sonia Heap

Header image: A Rat’s Nest, 2012, Pip Stafford