This annual award was established in 2003 to honour the work and commitment to Artweeks, over many years, of Lady Mary Moser. The award is intended to help develop the career of a professional artist who has taken up art as a second career later in life, with a small cash prize.
Both Artweeks members and the general public are free to nominate any Artweeks artist who has turned to the visual arts later in life and are invited to submit their nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org between 5th May and 31st October in the format
I nominate Artweeks Member because.... (100 words).
The Artweeks Board will consider the nominations in November and choose a winner based on the quality of art, and the life-change to pursue it. A shortlist may be offered to Mary Moser for the final judgement.
The 2017 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Andrew Harrison
The 2016 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Caroline Chappell
The 2014/15 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Kamal Koria
The 2013/14 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Martin Smith
The 2012 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Caroline Meynell
The 2011 Mary Moser prize was awarded to Crabby Taylor
Previous winners include Wendy Newhofer who worked in the coal hole in the cellar of her Jericho house for the first five years as a glass artist, the only place where she could fit her kiln at that time; Richard Shock, an Oxford woodturner who took up the hobby at the age of 50 and was accepted into the Oxfordshire Craft Guild in 2003; photographer Simon Murison-Bowie from East Oxford, and Jane Duff from Little Wittenham who paints large canvases in response to the environment around her and creates photocomposites of textures.