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The VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition award

The annual VAS Contemporary Exhibition award for $5000 is sponsored by the George Hicks Foundation. 

The late George Hicks was awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Artists Society in 1979 and was a major sponsor to the VAS Spring and Winter Exhibitions from 1968 to 1987. Mr Hicks' name appears on the VAS Honours Board.  

In this exhibition artists are asked to explore subjects from a modern perspective, challenging themselves creatively. In general, ‘Contemporary’ refers to styles developed from the second half of the 20th Century up until today. It often deals with current social and cultural issues and exploits new media and subverts or reinvents tradition.

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Brock Q Piper, The Hypnotist, Contemporary Exhibition WINNER 2021

'The Hypnotist', oil on canvas by Brock Q Piper, Winner 2021

PAST WINNERS
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'Labyrinth' by Susan Sutton, Winner 2020


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'Backyard View' by David Kaneen, Winner 2019

05_TILE_SUPPORT_US_Momoka - Heather Towns

'Momoka', by Heather Towns, Winner 2018


Watching the Water Erica Wagner Contemporary 2017 Winner

'Watching the Water' by Erica Wagner, Winner 2017

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'Fauna' by Ruskid (Oliver Reade), Winner 2016


2015: Meg Davoren-Honey 

2014: Amanda Hyatt

Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.