The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts is a biannual event that, since 2005 celebrates excellence and outstanding contributions to the Australian visual arts sector. The Awards acknowledge contributions to the visual arts sector through the following categories:



The Visionary Award recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their demonstrated commitment to progressing the status of contemporary Australian art nationally and beyond.

Past Recipients
2015 John Kaldor AM
2014 Peter Clemenger & Joan Clemenger
2011 Marc Besen AO & Eva Besen AO
2009 Ann Lewis AO
2007 Gordon Darling AC, CMG & Marilyn Darling AC
2005 James Mollison AO


The Artist Award recognises the outstanding achievement of an Australian artist for a comprehensive body of work.

Past Recipients
2015 Bill Henson
2014 Patricia Piccinini
2011 Fiona Hall
2009 John Mawurndjul
2007 Peter Booth
2005 James Gleeson AO

Young Artist 

In 2015, the Melbourne Art Foundation augmented these prestigious awards with an accolade for a young artist. The Young Artist Award is bestowed on an artist under 35 and seeks to support the next generation of artistic practice with an international residency. Residencies offer a unique opportunity for cross cultural engagement and artistic mobility enabling artists the opportunity to extend themselves in different cultural environments.

Past Recipients
2015 Daniel Boyd

2015 "Artist" Award recipient, Bill Henson.

2015 "Artist" Award recipient, Bill Henson.

2015 Young Artist Award winner, Daniel Boyd.

2015 Young Artist Award winner, Daniel Boyd.