The Giant Miniature Art Exhibition: ‘Best in Show’ Announced

‘Good Old Times’, painted by Filipino artist Nina Hidalgo has been announced as the winner of The Best in Show prize for The Giant Miniature Art Exhibition.

The Best in Show prize for The Giant Miniature Art Exhibition (GMAE) has been announced ahead of its closure this Sunday 23 July 2023 at the magnificent Como House Ballroom in South Yarra.

With a limited time left to view the awe-inspiring collection of more than 800 miniature hand-crafted art pieces from 219 artists around the world, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is excited to invite everyone to marvel at the spectacular works at this free exhibition.

The Gordon Moffatt Miniature Art Prize for Best in Show has been awarded to ‘Good Old Times’, painted by Filipino artist Nina Hidalgo.

The Gordon Moffatt Miniature Art Prize was judged by Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Gott said he was amazed by the range, variety and quality of the entries at The GMAE, and the incredible attention to detail on such a small scale of all the works, especially Ms Hidalgo’s watercolour depicting addressed envelopes and letters.


“It is really heartening to see hundreds of people engaging so passionately in such fantastic endeavour with watercolour, drawing, and composition, and it is really uplifting.

“I particularly enjoy the way Good Old Times pays homage to the trompe l’oeil tradition and the witty reference to the postage stamp size of the competition by depicting both modern and ancient forms of post – you see the old letter with the seal, and the modern letter with the stamps,” Dr Gott said.


Ms Hidalgo is a Philippines-based miniature painter and is one of the first Filipino ambassadors for Princeton Brush Company.

Initially a modern calligrapher, Ms Hidalgo has incorporated watercolour skills with her fondness for miniatures bringing about a perfect combination of her two passions.


Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, pictured with Mr Wayne Degenhardt, NTAV Director.


Every artwork is miniature in size with all the pieces at a fixed dimension of 25mm x 38mm, roughly the size of a postage stamp, and the miniature nature of each piece hasn’t stopped the artists from exploring a range of mediums from oils to ink and everything in between.

National Trust of Australia (Victoria) CEO Simon Ambrose said the overwhelmingly positive responses to The GMAE from artists and Como House visitors alike speaks volumes to the desire for this style of event.

“The detail and dedication required for great work at this scale is certainly impressive, and the Trust is pleased to say The GMAE has been a successful addition to the National Trust calendar.” said Mr Ambrose.


This extraordinary exhibition, which has captivated art enthusiasts and miniature lovers alike is also raising money for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to support its efforts in protecting and conserving Victoria’s natural, cultural, built and Indigenous heritage.

Artwork can be purchased at the exhibition for just $55 each.  However, the Top 100 artworks can only be purchased through an online Auction via the National Trust website.  The reserve price for each of these artworks is $100.  The auction closes at midnight on 23 July.

The GMAE is located in the Ballroom of Como House and Gardens, in South Yarra, and is open to the public until Sunday 23 July 2023, from 10am to 5pm, and entry to the exhibition is free.

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