The 48 Hour Film Project challenges entrants to produce and hand in, or upload a 4 t o 7 minute film in just 48 hours. Participating teams will be given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that they must work into their film. The 48 Hour Film Project will be held the weekend of October 12-14 2012 in Parramatta, Greater Western Sydney. First prize for the competition is worth $8000, plus a representative from the winning team will be flown to the US to show their film to an international audience and compete in the world championships of which the 14 best films from the championships will be shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner. Find out how to enter at www.48filmproject.com.au. Read more
The HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development program provides five new or emerging writers each year with the experience of working closely with a senior in-house editor from HarperCollins Publishers to develop a book-length manuscript. All the details about the program are available on the Varuna Writers’ House website. Read more
WetlandCare Australia’s 6th annual National Art and Photography Competition is offering a range of prizes for works exploring Australia’s diverse wetlands and waterways. Winning works will be displayed in an exhibition and awards night at the Hunter Wetlands Centre, Newcastle on World Wetlands day, February 2 2013. Entry forms and information can be found here. Read more
The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize is on again for 2012 with four categories open to the public: oil and acrylic; watercolour/ pen and wash; other media and non-traditional. Up for grabs is the $1000 first prize open to all sections (acquisitive) and a $500 prize for each section (non-acquisitive).
Exhibition: 2 – 4 November 2012, Goulburn Workers Club Auditorium
Opening event/winners announcement: 1 November 2012, 6.30 pm
Further information available on the entry form. Read more
The Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000. The prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. This is a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. Along with the first prize of $10,000, three additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded. For all the details, including entry forms, visit the Purple Noon Gallery website.
Exhibition details: 17 November – late December 2012, Purple Noon Gallery Read more
The Batlow Apple Blossom Festival photography competition is a signature festival event, with the exhibition reflecting and celebrating the personality of Batlow and its surrounding region. There are a number of sections for entry with cash prizes awarded to each. As in previous years, the champion image from section one will be transformed into a festival street flag, as part of the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival’s photo story helping to bring an atmosphere of festivity to the township in the lead up to the big weekend. Entry forms and competition guidelines are available to download at the Visit Batlow website. Read more
Entries for the 2013 Macquarie Photography Prize will open on September 1. The Macquarie Photography Prize is a global photography competition open to anyone from any country. Categories for entry are macro, nature, live action and arthouse. Pictured to the right is 2012 winner Best in Show for the Storms category, Luke Peterson ‘Divine Light’. Luke will now be the judge for the 2013 prize. More information is available on the Australian Art Sales website. Read more
The National Farm Sculpture Award is calling for entries. Hosted by the Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart held from 12 – 14 October 2012 in the Riverina NSW, the award is for art created from scrap metal, recycled farm materials and elements of the land. This year’s first prize is $10,000 and the Spirit of the Land can assist with transport to any participating artist who registers for the festival exhibition with a CountryLink return ticket from a CountryLink station to the festival. Check the website www.spiritofthelandlockhart.com.au for more details. Read more
Nominations for M&NSW’s 2012 IMAGinE Awards are open. Public museums and galleries in NSW, Aboriginal keeping places and cultural centres, not-for profit organisations such as artist-run initiatives and volunteer run museums and galleries are welcome to nominate. The Awards acknowledge exhibitions, programs and projects that occurred in the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. For more information, click here.
The IMAGinE awards, an initiative of M&G NSW, have been developed in collaboration with the LGSA, R&PG NSW and MA NSW. The IMAGinE awards are made possible by the support of the NSW Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council. Read more
Entries for the 2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, the country’s foremost literary competition for young writers, are now open. Young writers under the age of 25 are urged to enter the competition to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Voiceworks, Express Media’s literary quarterly. The prize is judged by Express Media and celebrated author John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow When the War Began series. For further details click here. Read more
The Mortimore Prize is back for 2012 with the following categories open for entry: surrealism, drawing, figurative, smalls (subject can be anything provided the artwork is a true representation), landscape, waterscape and still life. This year there is $52,000 worth of prize money to be awarded with the winner of best in show receiving a prize valued at $16,000.
Exhibition details: 30 September – 21 October 2012
St Brigids Hall, Dubbo
Opening night: 29 September 2012, 6pm
For more details on the 2012 prize, click here. Read more
The Bellingen Community Arts Council invites all regional artists to participate in their annual event, the Bellingen Art Prize, celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The categories for the prize are works on paper, painting, 3D, photographic and digital, members prize and people’s choice with the winning artist being awarded the $5000 prize.
On exhibition: 28 September – 6 October 2012
Bellingen Memorial Hall, Hyde St Bellingen
Opening night and presentation: 28 September at 5.30pm
For further details click here. Read more