Burwood Art Prize 2024

Winners Announced!

Burwood Art Prize Winner, $10,000

Ali Tahayori
Self-portrait (Inverted Pink Triangle)
Dye sublimation print, hand-cut mirrors, silicone and acrylic paint on raw aluminium

Self-portrait (Inverted Pink Triangle) reflects complexities and nuances of queer diasporic identity and its (in)visibility. It incorporates Āina-kāri, a traditional Iranian craft made from imported European material (glass mirror) in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and used to decorate the interior of mosques and mausoleums. The inverted pink triangle has been a symbol of resistance for the queer community for decades and holds conflicting emotions. What was used as a badge of shame is reclaimed as a symbol of pride and love for queerness. The mirror fragments return the viewer’s gaze, questioning any perceived notion of identity.

Burwood Art prize winner 2024.jpg


Burwood Youth Prize Winner, $1,500

Olivia Collar
I am liminal
Oil on canvas

My artwork, ‘I am liminal’, is a reflection of my experience as a bi-racial young person, navigating my sense of cultural identity within culturally dissonant surroundings. Liminality, in terms of identity, refers to the psychological space, or threshold, between two polarities. My artwork communicates how my identity does not conform to either one of these cultural polarities, but rather exists within the space between them, the liminal space.



Burwood Local Prize Winner, $1,500

Anjani Mane
I would like to acknowledge....
Hybrid gouache-watercolour paint on hotpressed watercolour paper

This artwork aims to increase the visibility of living on unceded land. Through my experience, being from an Indian and “Australian” background, I explore what it means to be living on Wangal land, stolen as a result of colonisation. My own post-colonial presence continues this, whilst simultaneously acknowledging how India also suffered as a result of colonisation. I chose a self-portrait to reflect this, using the style of Indian miniature painting.


2024 Burwood Art Prize Online Catalogue(PDF, 3MB)

Art Prize Events

Seniors Creative Club: Art Inspired Creative Writing

Friday, 31 May 2024 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


Seniors are invited to explore the Burwood Art Prize exhibition and identify works of interest. We will then use these works as a starting point to develop a creative writing piece that explores the idea of legacy and your experiences in Burwood. With your consent, the writings may be published alongside the paintings in the exhibition. 

Book now! 

Short Film Hackathon

Saturday, 01 June 2024 | 11:30 AM to Sunday, 02 June 2024 | 04:00 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


Ever dreamed of seeing your story come alive on screen? The Short Film Hackathon is your chance! 

This action-packed two-day workshop at Burwood Library and Community Hub will equip you with the skills to start turning your ideas into reality. 

Book now!

Art of Collage with the Sydney Collage Society

Thursday, 06 June 2024 | 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


This guided workshop will teach specific types of collage using colour, texture, form and image placement. Sydney Collage Society (SCS) will also provide tips on what to look out for when sourcing materials and compiling work.

Book now!

Burwood Bubble Tea Walking Tour

Saturday, 15 June 2024 | 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


Are you a bubble tea fan or a little curious about the cold milky drink you see all around Burwood? Burwood Library invites you to celebrate the unique milk tea culture in Burwood and learn about process of making boba (aka bubble) tea with a tour of six bubble tea stores in Burwood.

Meet in the Library foyer for the start of the Tour. 

Book now!

Noodle Walking Tour

Saturday, 15 June 2024 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


Are you interested in warm soupy noodles, or curious about what spices are used in stir-fried noodles? Have you wondered where to start with the amazing noodles Burwood has to offer? This walking tour will have something for everyone!

Book now!

Studio ARTES Presents Zine Making

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 | 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 


Join the brilliant artists and facilitators from Studio ARTES to learn how to make Zines (small handmade books) inspired by the themes of the exhibition.

Book now! 

Art Bar 

Tuesday 2 July 2024 | 6:00pm–8:00pm

Crowne Plaza Burwood

Level 11/60 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW 2134

Skye Bar photo.PNG

This year’s People’s Choice Award presentation will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Burwood at their Skye Lounge and Restaurant venue. The event will also include a panel discussion with the 2024 Art Prize judging panel with light food and drinks provided by Crowne Plaza Hotel. This will be a vibrant celebration of visual arts in Burwood and an opportunity for Sydney based artists to come together and connect.

Crowne Plaza Burwood is the proud sponsor for the 2024 People’s Choice Award.

crown plaza.PNG


Book now! 

Art Prize Judging Panel

Khaled Sabsabi


Khaled was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and migrated with his family to Australia in 1976. He began his creative life in the ’80s as a socially-engaged hip hop artist, then evolving in the early 2000s to develop and produce countless art presentations, locally and internationally.

Khaled sees art as an effective tool to communicate and converse with people, through a familiar language, creating immersive and engaging experiences. He has worked in detention centres, schools, prisons, refugee camps, settlements, hospitals, youth centres, galleries and public spaces in the Australian and broader international context. He makes work that questions rationales and complexities of nationhood, identity and change, with continual transfer between the material and the philosophical.

Tian Zhang


Tian Zhang is an independent curator, facilitator, writer and collaborative artist working at the intersections of art, cultural practice and social change. Her practice is underscored by conversation, criticality, solidarity and joy. She is a founding co-director of Pari, a collective-run gallery and community space for Parramatta.

Tian participated in Documenta Fifteen as co-facilitator of Gudskul's collective studies program — living, cooking, eating, cleaning and communing within the Museum Fridericianum for 50 days. Her text 'A manifesto for radical care or how to be a human in the arts' was first published online by Sydney Review of Books, with print editions by documenta fifteen’s Lumbung Press and Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada.

Marco Rinaldi

Marco Rinaldi Headshot.jpg

Marco Rinaldi is an independent curator, installation artist, Founder/Co-Director of Passage Gallery, and Operations and Production Manager at Artspace, Sydney. Rinaldi has held various positions, including Creative Director of osmosis, Gallery Curator at Dominik Mersch Gallery, and Curatorial Assistant at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Across these roles, he has worked with more than 100 artists and presented over 40 exhibitions, events, listening experiences, public programs, and installations. Rinaldi holds a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership (With Excellence) from UNSW Art & Design and a Bachelor of Interior Design.

Brooke Endycott 

Brooke Headshot.jpg

Brooke has served as the Director Community Life at Burwood Council since 2020, playing a pivotal role in shaping the City’s long term vision for arts and culture and positioning Burwood as Sydney’s emerging cultural playground. With almost 20 years of experience in Local Government, including significant experience at the executive level, she holds expertise in arts and cultural planning and policy development, as well as leading the implementation of arts and cultural programming. This extends across creative events, festivals, artist development programs, exhibitions and public art initiatives aimed at promoting access and community participation in the arts.

She has also played a leading role in the development, delivery and operation of various community and cultural facilities across Sydney, including Burwood’s new Arts and Cultural Centre currently in development. 

Prize Pool

Burwood Art Prize (open to all Sydney entrants)
$10,000 acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.
The Burwood Art Prize is acquisitive, meaning the winning artwork in this category will become the property of Burwood Council.

Burwood Local Prize (Burwood LGA residents only)
$1,500 non-acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.

Burwood Youth Prize (open to all Sydney entranced aged 16-20 only)
$1,500 non-acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.

Burwood People’s Choice Prize (open to all entrants)
$1,000 non-acquisitive
Sponsored by Crowne Plaza 

crown plaza.PNG


Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork in person at the Burwood Library and Community Hub. The artwork receiving the most votes will win this award, voting will be open until 4PM Sunday 23 June. Only one vote per person. This award will be announced at the conclusion of the 2024 Burwood Art Prize Exhibition. 

Prize pool total: $14,000.

Key Dates

  • 2024 Burwood Art Prize finalists and winners exhibition in Burwood Library and Hub: 27 May 2024 - 23 June 2024

  • 2024 Burwood Art Prize Opening night: Thursday 30 May 2024 6-8pm 

  • Finalists and Winning Artwork collection period post exhibition, from Burwood Library and Hub (2 Conder Street, Burwood): Saturday 29 June 2024 between 11.00am - 4.00pm or Thursday 4 July 2024 between 3.00pm – 7.00pm.



For further enquiries, please email arts@burwood.nsw.gov.au.