Awards 2021


Arkley Award

The memory of much-loved artist Howard Arkley is honoured by the Arkley Award, established in 2010 by Arkley’s mother, Gwen and her late partner Frank Lewis. The aim of the prize is to acknowledge the skills of emerging artists and reflect Howard Arkley’s passion as practitioner and teacher.

“We’ve done it in memory of Howard,” said Gwen Arkley. “I feel he would have wanted to help younger artists. He won awards himself, but he was also a very generous artist, teacher and friend.”

The $5,000 non-acquisitive award focusses on talent in painting and photography.


Anne Runhardt Art Award

Established in 2017, the Anne Runhardt Art Award was founded to uncover and enable outstanding talent within the visual arts. The $5,000 non-acquisitive award is dedicated to independent, experimental and thought-provoking art deserving of greater recognition and opportunity.  All participating artists of |notfair| are considered finalists of the Anne Runhardt Art Award.

The inaugural 2017 winner was Chris Henschke for his eponymous work Songs of the Phenomena (2016). A transformed nuclear reactor, a mechanical beast feeding of fruit through electrodes, softy howling, pulsing, creating random sounds. The work was since acquired by Dark MOFO, under auspices of MOMA Hobart.

The 2017  award was judged by Gareth Sansom – who’s retrospect exhibition Transformer was showing at NGV Australia at that same time – together with Ashley Crawford and Anne Runhardt.


The Lennox Award

A House Haunted… by Art

Ghosts, Gangsters, Artists, Actors, Authors and Musicians have all collided in this magical abode. A veritable Who’s Who of Melbourne’s cultural characters have collected, at one time or another, at a former pub, now dubbed The Lennox, at Richmond’s 208 Lennox Street.

The Lennox Award is founded to enable emerging artist to exhibit and connect at this historical venue. It offers a free exhibition with a fully catered opening night.

The award is kindly presented by Helen Bogdan.

The Lennox Award 2021 will be judged by Helen Bogdan and the Ashley Crawford.

2017 Anne Runhardt Award Winner: Chris Henschke

Chris Henschke, Songs of the Phenomena 2016

2017 The Hill Smith Prize Winner: Ben Howe

Ben Howe Intermission 2016. 136 x 168 cm

2016 Arkley Award Winner: Isabelle De Kleine

Isabelle De Kleine ‘Knowing’ 2016. Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on paper, 160 x 113 cm

2014 Arkley Award Winner: Hari Ho

Marijke Arkley, 2014 winner Hari Ho, Sarah Arkley, Doug Hall and Ashley Crawford

2012 Arkley Award Winner: Simon Finn

Marijke Arkley, Sarah Arkley, 2012 winner Simon Finn, Ashley Crawford, Melissa Amore and Sam Leach

Interview with Simon Finn

2010 Arkley Award Winner: Jake Walker

Jake Walker, A West Coast River, 2009, oil on found painting