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THE HYLTON MACKLEY AM (hon) VAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY THE MACKLEY FAMILY

The Hylton Mackley AM (Hon) VAS Artist of the Year Award Sponsored by the Mackley Family showcases the year’s best artistic talent in painting and sculpture. Artists are selected based on participation in at least two of that year’s Select Exhibitions by the votes of their peers.

The Victorian Artists Society holds three Select Exhibitions throughout the year; the Autumn, Winter and Spring Exhibitions. All exhibiting artists in these three exhibitions and artist members are invited to cast votes for their four favourite artists. These votes are used to decide the list of candidates for the  Artist of the Year Award exhibition. The VAS AOTY is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes for the select exhibitions including the AOTY exhibition at the opening night award ceremony.

This award is unique as it is not awarded by a committee or judge, but by the peers of the winning artist and demands sustained performance over the exhibiting year. Invited artists may submit up to three works into the final exhibition.

The following prizes are given for the AOTY Award Exhibition:


The VAS Artist of the Year Award is sponsored by Eileen Mackley AM and Hylton Mackley AM.

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 will receive a trophy, a framed certificate, and an invitation to hold a solo exhibition in the Cato Gallery, with commission on sales.


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

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The Noel Waite AO Exhibitors’ Choice Award is a $500 prize awarded to the artist gaining the most votes from the exhibiting members who are exhibiting in the Artist of the Year exhibition.



ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Joe Whyte_Found and Lost_AOTY 2023

Found and Lost, Oil by Joe Whyte, The Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award Winner 2023

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Joe Whyte
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Past Exhibitions

Julian Bruere_Across the Paddock—Yea_AOTY 2022
VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year 2022
11 Nov 2022 – 28 Nov 2022
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VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year 2021
12 Nov 2021 – 29 Nov 2021
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Joe Whyte_Found and Lost_AOTY 2023
THE HYLTON MACKLEY AM VAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
10 Nov 2023 – 27 Nov 2023
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Joe Whyte_Last Glimpse_AOTY 2023
THE HYLTON MACKLEY AM (HON) FVAS, VAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2024
8 Nov 2024 – 25 Nov 2024
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PAST HYLTON MACKLEY AM VAS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
Joe Whyte_Found and Lost_AOTY 2023

Found and Lost, Oil by Joe Whyte, The Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award Winner 2023


PAST MAVIS LITTLE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

The Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award was sponsored by the Hansen Little Foundation.

2022

Julian Bruere_Across the Paddock—Yea_AOTY 2022

'Across the Paddock—Yea', watercolour by Julian Bruere VAS FVAS, VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year First Prize Winner 2022

Ulrich Stalph_Predawn Landscape_AOTY 2022

'Predawn Landscape', Oil by Ulrich Stalph VAS, VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year Second Prize Winner 2022

Bronwen Hunt_A New Day_AOTY 2022

'A New Day' oil by Bronwen Hunt, VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year Third Prize Winner 2022


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'Rubescence', Oil by Gwendoline Krumins VAS, Winner 2021

Bringing in the Catch Jennifer Fyfe

'Bringing in the Catch', oil by Jennifer Fyfe, Winner 2019


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'Snowgum', by Julian Bruere, Winner 2018

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'Northern You Yangs', by Ray Hewitt, Winner 2017

Silver Sunrise, Ben Winspear Artist of the Year

'Silver Sunrise' by Ben Winspear, Winner 2016


PAST ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

2015: Jennifer Fyfe

2014: Ray Hewitt FVAS

2013: Julian Bruere

2012: Mary Hyde

2011: Clive Sinclair

2010: Julian Bruere

2009: Amanda Hyatt

2008: Betina Fauvel Ogden

2007: Ted Dansey

2006: Mary Hyde

2005: Otto Boron

2004: Betina Fauvel Ogden

2003: Ray Hewitt

2002: Christine Wrest-Smith

2001: Paul McDonald Smith

2000: Ray Hewitt

1999: John Hunt

1998: Otto Boron

1997: Helene Seymour

1996: Ron Reynolds

1995: No Award

1994: Gregory R Smith

1993: Nathan Paramanathan

1992: Margaret Cowling

1991: AW Harding

1990: Margaret Cowling

1989: David Taylor

1988: Barbara McManus

1987: Greg Allen

1986: Robert Wade

1985: Robert Wade

1984: Maxwell Wilks

1983: Rodney Symmons

1982: Maxwell Wilks

1981: Raja Idris

1980: David Taylor

1979: Karlis Mednis

1978: Tom Bamber

1977: Beryl Anderson

1976: David Taylor

1975: Max Sherlock

1975: LS Pendelbury

1974: Max Sherlock

1973: Robert T Miller


AOTY MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD

This is awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from members and their peers.

Gregory R Smith_Fan Dance Still Life_Memb. Choice 2023

Fan Dance Still Life, Oil by Gregory R Smith, Udo Members' Choice Award Winner 2023

Chris White_Morning Light Beechworth_AOTY 2022

'Morning Light Beechworth', oil by Chris White, Members' Choice Award Winner 2022

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'Arum & Remued', oil by Gregory R Smith VAS FVAS, Members' Choice Award Winner 2021


2019: Julian Bruere

2018: Joe Whyte

2017: Adrian Johnson

2016: Ted Dansey

2015: Ted Dansey

2014: Gregory R Smith

2013: Mary Hyde

2012:  Julian Bruere

2011: Geoff Watson


AOTY EXHIBITORS’ CHOICE AWARD

This award was founded by former VAS Honorary Treasurer Mr Gordon Moffatt. It was presented to the artist who received the highest number of votes during the course of the Artist of the Year Award Exhibition. In 2015 it was renamed the Noel Waite AO Award. 

THE NOEL WAITE AO AWARD
Ron Reynolds_Sound of a Breaking Wave_Exh. Choice 2023

Sound of a Breaking Wave, Oil on Canvas by Ron Reynolds, Exhibitors' Choice Award Winner 2023

Anne Melloy_King River Reflections_AOTY 2022

'King River Reflections', Watercolour by Anne Melloy VAS, Exhibitors' Choice Award Winner 2022

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'Mont St Victoire (Cezannes Mountain)', Oil by Ron Reynolds VAS, Exhibitors' Choice Award Winner 2021


2019: Ron Reynolds

2018: Jennifer Fyfe

2017: Raelene Sharp

2016: Des Parkin

2015: Jane Jones

THE GORDON MOFFATT AWARD

2014: Gwendoline Krumins

2013: Jo Reitze

2012: John Hunt

2011: Ted Dansey

2010: Mary Hyde

2009: Mary Hyde

2007: Stewart Milner


SCULPTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Judith Leman_Charge of Beersheba_SOTY 2022

'Charge of Beersheba', Bronze by Judith Leman FVAS, Sculptor of the Year Award Winner 2022

'Lie Down', White Clay and Acrylic Paint by Ellen Jenkins, Sculptor of the Year Award Winner 2021


2019: Ellen Jenkins

2018: Ellen Jenkins

2017: Judith Leman

2016: Judith Leman

2015: Mike Ebdon

2014: Mike Ebdon

2013: Nell Frysteen


PRESIDENT’S ACQUISITION AWARD

2013: Otto Boron

2012: Jane Jones

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