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2016 ASMA National Awards Exhibition

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See life in miniature through art
See life in miniature at the 2016 ASMA National Awards Exhibition held at the Ewart Gallery Workshop Arts Centre, 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby in NSW.

Everyone is welcome to this art show. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

This annual and important exhibition on the miniature art calendar is open to both ASMA members and non-members Australia-wide. The exhibition features a diverse collection of exquisite miniature artworks in a range of styles and techniques including paintings, drawings, mixed media, printmaking, handmade books and sculpture.

2015 Winner of the Human Form by Madeleine Szymanski called the Long Afternoon. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

The works on display will showcase both a traditional and modern approach to the spirit of miniaturisation and must have a perimeter of no more than 40cms. Prizes are awarded in 7 different media categories and there will also be Special Prizes including a 'Best in Show'.


The ASMA Society's definition for what they classify miniature art is that for a 2-dimensional work, the perimeter of the actual artwork must not exceed 40cm (e.g. 10cm x 10cm, or any variation of this size e.g. 12cm x 8cm). A three dimensional work must not exceed 15cm in any direction, and the front cover of a miniature book must have a perimeter of no more than 40cm. Books should be entirely handmade by the artist.

In portraiture, depiction of the human head must be no larger than 3.8cm from chin to crown. Subjects are only limited by the artist's imagination.

Miniature art has been around for hundreds of years. In the Western world the earliest examples can be found in the illuminated capital letters of church manuscripts. The letters were often decorated in pure gold leaf and around them were pictures of everyday life or religious or biblical scenes. Australia has a long history of the miniature form, from our earliest days to the present and our libraries and State Galleries have fine collections.


On Friday the 5th of August at 6.30pm you are all invite to attend the official opening of the 2016 ASMA National Awards by none other than the internationally recognised Australian painter and art teacher, Michael Herron. Michael will also be judging the entries.

2015 Winner of the Mixed Media for Highly Commended by Michaela Lauire for Time Stood Still. Image courtesy of the ASMA.


If you can't come along to the official opening, you will still be able to view these great creations by Australian artists until 3pm on Saturday the 20th of August. Gallery Hours: 9.30am 4.30pm, Monday Friday; 10.00am 3pm, Saturday and it will be closed on Sundays.

For more information about ASMA (NSW) and to see examples of miniature artworks by their members, please go

If you are after more information regarding this exhibition, you can call either Pamela Horsnell on (02) 9558 2248 or Madeleine Szymanski on 0400 980 200 or send an email to
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Why? View the best miniature art in Australia.
When: Gallery Hours: 9.30am 4.30pm, Monday Friday; 10.00am 3pm, Saturday and it will be closed on Sundays.
Phone: (02) 9558 2248
Where: Ewart Gallery Workshop Arts Centre
Cost: Free to enter.
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