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The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that “a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW." The Foundation has sponsored a wide variety of projects since then, establishing art exhibitions, funding publications and acquisitions, supporting educational projects, art schools and scholarships and has made possible major public art commissions."


Art Director of The Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Paula Latos-Valier states:

“The Dobell Drawing Prize has many great attributes – it is very democratic in that any artist can enter and there are no restrictions to subject matter or medium. This freedom from curatorial constraint is a distinguishing feature. The Prize has always championed the idea of peer group assessment by inviting respected practicing artists to select the finalists and determine the prize-winner. Lastly, being an acquisitive prize means that the winning work goes into a public collection and leaves a tangible legacy for future generations.  The Foundation is excited that this will continue in this new partnership with NAS.”


The new Dobell Drawing Prize runs in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, affirming the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation’s commitment to continuing the development of drawing as a medium in its own right, and a fundamental element of the visual arts.