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OFFICIAL OPENING AND AWARDS PRESENTATION OF THE HYLTON MACKLEY AM VAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2023, SPONSORED BY THE MACKLEY FAMILY


The Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award Exhibition features artworks by select Victorian Artists Society artists, who have been invited to participate after receiving the highest number of votes from their peers. This is a prestigious award valued at $10,000 and is sponsored by the Mackley Family.


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From left: Hylton Mackley AM, sponsor of the Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award; Richard Impey FVAS, VAS President; and Artist Joe Whyte Award Winner, Winner of the Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award

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Joe Whyte with hispainting titled Leaving

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Found and Lost, in oil by Joe Whyte

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Last Glimpse, in oil by Joe Whyte


Last night the Presentation was made for the Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award, sponsored by the Mackley Family.

Joe Whyte won the Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award, sponsored by Eileen Mackley AM VAS FVAS and Hylton Mackley AM.

The prize money for 2023 will be $10,000 with an increase in value to 2035 when the prize money is planned to reach circa $23,000.

In addition to the prize money the Artist of the Year received a trophy, a framed certificate, and an invitation to hold a solo exhibition in the Cato Gallery, with commission on sales.

Other Awards presented:

Ron Reynolds VAS won the Noel Waite AO Exhibitors’ Choice Award. This is a $500 prize awarded to the artist gaining the most votes from the exhibiting members who are exhibiting in the Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award exhibition.

Gregory R. Smith VAS FVAS won the Members’ Choice Award, sponsored by 'U do Website Builder'. This is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes from non-exhibiting members throughout the year. The prize is a free website to the value of $1650.


View the Exhibition Online Here

Ron Reynolds VAS winner of the Noel Waite AO Exhibitors’ Choice Award

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Sounds of Silence, Oil on Canvas by Ron Reynolds VAS

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Sound of a Breaking Wave, Oil on Canvas by Ron Reynolds VAS

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Night Pier, Oil on Canvas by Ron Reynolds VAS


Gregory R Smith VAS FVAS Winner of the Members’ Choice Award

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Gregory R Smith VAS FVAS with his oil painting titled Moon on Watchbox Rise

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Rodin Mask and Violin in Oil by Gregory R Smith VAS FVAS

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Fan Dance Still Life in Oil by Gregory R Smith VAS FVAS


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The musical guest artists included Lily Jones and Eliza Carlin, graduates of the WAAPA Music Theatre program and VAS's David McNicol at the piano.


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