Winner of the 2023 Drawing Prize announced

Pictured left is Nic O'Brien, Winner of the People's Choice Prize, and pictured right is Aimen, father of the Winner of the Drawing Prize, Anne-Marie Mansour, receiving the prize on her behalf as she is currently on exchange.
Friday 1 September 2023

Congratulations to Anne-Marie Mansour, Winner of the 2023 School of Art & Design Drawing Prize, with her work No Faith in Love.

“My work explores themes of fear through absurd imagery and the collapsing of textures, styles, narratives and meanings, communicated through oil paint. It aims to communicate in a language of senseless multitudes, similarly to fear itself. Overall the objective is to imitate the absurdity which fear is.”

Anne-Marie is currently in her 4th Year, completing a Bachelor of Design at the ANU School of Art & Design.



Thank you to Alexander Rosenberg, this year’s Guest Judge, artist, educator and writer and the recipient of the prestigious Christine and Stephen Procter Fellowship. 

The artist is renowned as a finalist in the reality series ’Blown Away.’ Philadelphia-based Rosenberg was appointed as fellow in 2020, but could not travel due to pandemic restrictions. It's Alexander's first time in Australia.

During his time at ANU, the 2023 Procter Fellow is creating prototypes for a body of work that addresses the most basic elements of human comfort. With the guidance of the ANU Environment Studio and new experiences in and on Country, he is experimenting with materials local to the region, thinking about glass as a tool to observe and understand flora and fauna, filter and transport water, and fabricate clothing and shelter, drawing from traditional and contemporary craft techniques, while supporting sustainability from waste. 

He also plans to develop a book based on this work. “The book will be a ‘bushcrafts’ guide helpful in an imaginary situation where the world is facing extreme scarcity of natural minerals and looking at a surplus of technological and construction waste,” Rosenberg said. “My time at ANU is perfect to give this shape. Glass is the least desirable of all the materials that get recycled as it requires a lot of resources to process. But glass is infinitely reusable and that’s what I proposed for the Fellowship.” 


We received over 400 votes this year from visitors and the community for the 2023 People’s Choice Prize. Congratulations to the winner Nic O'brien, with work Of Fires and Flooding Rains. The People's Choice Winner receives a selection of unique items from Harry Hartog Booksellers ANU.


The Drawing Prize showcases and celebrates the breadth and depth of drawing practice within the ANU School of Art & Design. The Prize is an annual event open to all current students enrolled in one or more courses in Semester 2 at the ANU School of Art & Design.

The objective of the prize is to recognise the outstanding artistic merit of School of Art & Design students and provide shortlisted applicants with an opportunity to exhibit their work, thus promoting their developing practice(s) to the community.

The value of the prize awarded is $1,500.


Congratulations to all FINALISTS of the 2023 School of Art & Design Drawing Prize :

Mark S Cam

David Healey

Ajith Perera

Laura Canty

Stella Hughes

Yvonne Poole

Alicja Deegan

Janet Jeffs

Bastian deBont

Molly Desmond

Anne-Marie Mansour

Alexander Sarsfield

Rosa Daniela Diaz

Ella Myer

Henry Shawcross

Jake Fiene

Nic O'Brien

Florence Steel

Mia Garland

Brennan O'Brien

Lisa Stevenson

Helen Goodwin

Lucien Peate

Evy Stuart


Finalists work will be on display at the ANU School of Art & Design Gallery until Friday 15 September.

Gallery hours: 10.30am – 3pm, Tuesday to Friday

For more information, please email

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