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Pitch Australiana - VICE and Screen Australia Pitching Competition

Screen Australia

VICE Australia and Screen Australia are partnering on a pitching competition offering Australian filmmakers a chance to win a commission for a short documentary project.
 
Finalists will pitch at The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in March 2018. The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
Applicant teams must consist of a director or producer, one of whom has at least one documentary screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform.
 
Go to our list of recognised festivals.
 
THE PRIZE
Screen Australia will commit $30,000 and VICE Australia will commit $20,000, meaning a total of $50,000 funding is available for the production of one documentary.
 
Go to the guidelines on Vice Website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 January 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

The Bald Archy Prize

The Bald Archy Prize

Artists are invited to submit paintings in competition for The Bald Archy Prize 2018.
 
The prize will be awarded to the best comic or satiric portrait, preferably of an Australian distinguished in Art, Science, Letters, Politics, Sport or the Media painted by an artist during the 12 months preceding January 31, 2018.
 
The Bald Archy Prize finalists will be previewed at the Watson Arts Centre from February 8 to March 12, 2018. The winner will be announced in Sydney on a date yet to be announced.
 
Each competitor may enter up to three (3) works, which must be available for sale. Medium – oil, acrylic and mixed media.
 
Please read the Conditions of Entry for the Bald Archy Prize.
 
A $35 handling fee for each work entered is to be paid by Friday Jan. 19 2018.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 19 January 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Bluethumb Art Prize

The Bluethumb Art Pzie

2017 was the inaugural year and surpassed all expectations, with more entries than the Archibald and a finalist exhibition in Melbourne worthy of any major institution. Building on this overwhelming success, the Bluethumb Art Prize have doubled the prize money pool and introduced category awards to give more artists the opportunity to step into the spotlight in 2018.
 
Prizes of $2,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Works on Canvas Award

  • Works on Paper Award
  • Photography Award
  • Other Media Award
  • People’s Choice Award (voted for by the public)

 
The overall Bluethumb Art Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the work considered by the judges to be the most outstanding across all categories.
 
Australian artists are invited to enter an original signature piece that represents their unique artistic practice. The subject matter and style of the piece is left entirely to the artist’s discretion.
 
This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to showcase their work and join a supportive community of diverse Australian artists, whilst enabling collectors nationwide to discover exciting emerging talent.
 
For more information visit the Bluethumb Art Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Alice Prize

Alice Springs Art Foundation

In 2018, the Alice Prize will celebrate it’s 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork, of $40,000.
 
The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.
 
Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history.
 
Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.
 
Exhibition Dates Saturday 28 April – Monday 17 June 2018
 
For more information visit the Alice Springs Art Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Art Farm Birchs Bay Art Trail

Art Farm Birchs Bay

The Art Farm Birchs Bay Sculpture Trail offers $10,500 in prizes. Entries are now open.
 
Key Dates:
Entries Close – February 4th, 2018
Installation of work – 24-28 March, 2018
Official Opening Event and Prize Announcements 29th March, 2018
Open to Public 30th March, 2018 Closing Event & People’s Choice Award June 30th Removal of work: TBC
 
Over $10,000 in Prizes
$2,500 – Kingborough Council Acquisition
$2,500 – AFBB & Five Bob Acquisition
$4,000 – Major Sculpture Prize (for outdoor sculptures)
$1,000 – Small Sculpture Award
$500 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Department of Premier and Cabinet.
 
The 13th trail will open on 30th March, 2018 and continue until June 30th 2018.The trail is open every day, 8:30am – 5:30pm
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are invited to submit artworks for the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition. The competition is a chance for talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 13 years and older to be recognised across Australia.
 
The winning artwork will be used to create the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster to promote NAIDOC Week 2018 across the country. The winning artwork will also collect a $10,000 cash prize.
 
Your artwork must reflect this year’s National NAIDOC theme: Because of her, we can!
 
For more information visit the NAIDOC Week website.
Read more

  • Closing: 5 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Wyndham Art Prize

Artists are invited to submit an application for selection into the 2018 Wyndham Art Prize.
 
The Wyndham Art Prize is a national prize attracting artists from all over Australia with

  • a non-acquisitive award of $10,000,

  • a People’s Choice award of $2000 and
  • two Deakin University Bursaries, $4000 for a PHD candidate and $2000 for an honours or Masters candidate. *conditions apply

 
Selected artists will be exhibited at the Wyndham Art Gallery between 30 March and 9 June. The exhibition opens and the winning artist will be announced on Thursday 29 March, 6.30 to 8.30pm
 
How to Apply

 
Entries close 5pm Friday 9 February, 2018
For further information:
Contact Visual Art Curators: Megan Evans, Maree Clarke
email: wyndhamartgallery@wyndham.vic.gov.au
phone: 03 8734 6021
website: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wyndhamartprize Read more

  • Closing: 9 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

The Morris Art Prize

The Morris Art Prize

A Gold Coast centric celebration of the nature, culture, people and character of the region stretching from Brisbane in the North to Byron in the South and the hinterland in the West. Relevance to theme will factor in the judging criteria.
 
PRIZE PURSE

  • First – $10,000

  • Highly commended (1) – $3,500
  • Highly commended (2) – $3,500
     
    THEME
    Brisbane to Byron
     
    MEDIUM
    Painting in (one or more) oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, mixed media
     
    GUEST JUDGE
    Damian Hackett
     
    ENTRY FEE
    $35 (inc gst)
     
    For more information visit the website. Read more

    • Closing: 9 February 2018
    • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
    • Open To: Individuals

Lightbulb Moments

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

It’s often the ‘bright ideas’ local people have that create the greatest impact for local communities in regional Australia, and with 8.8 million regional Australians your ideas are just the beginning!
 
But sometimes, even the very best ideas and projects need a little helping hand to get going.
 
Have you got a fantastic project or bright idea that you are passionate about that will really make a difference to your community and economy? We want to hear about it!
 
The ‘top ten’ entries will WIN a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. One lucky National Winner will even get their own TV ad and Airtime Support Package thanks to PRIME7!
 
Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) will provide finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies that can support their project goals.
 
For prize details see Terms and Conditions.
 
With your passion and our help your idea could really take off.
 
So, what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW* and plant a seed for your community’s success. Entries close Sunday 11 February 2018.
 
For more information visit the Regional Australia Institute website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

Pinnacles Gallery

Thanks to the sponsorship of DUO Magazine, the exhibition offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize.
 
In 2018, DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the third time since its inaugural display at Pinnacles Gallery in 2014. This prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture.
 
Thanks to the sponsorship of DUO Magazine, the exhibition offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize. The exhibition’s second instalment in 2016 saw the exhibitions’ continued popularity attract 112 entries from around the country, of which 61 were selected and displayed in an outstanding display of finalists.
 
KEY DATES
Applications Close Monday 12 February 2018
Artists Advised of Selection Friday 2 March 2018
Drop off Date Monday 30 April 2018
Official Opening Friday 4 May 2018
Exhibition Dates 4 May – 15 July 2018
Collection of Artworks Tuesday 17 July 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Bulgari Art Award

Art Gallery of NSW

The Bulgari Art Award is an annual award to support contemporary Australian painting.
 
Each year, the Gallery identifies a significant painting by a mid-career Australian artist to be acquired for the collection.
 
The award, sponsored by Bulgari, consists of $50,000 for acquisition of the painting and a residency for the artist in Italy valued at $30,000. The total award of $80,000 makes it one of the most valuable art awards in Australia.
 
The Bulgari Art Award is not an open competition, like the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. You cannot apply to enter.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Bayside City Council

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of exceptional artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP is judged by industry professionals who award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.
 
In 2018 the major prize of $15,000 will be awarded to a painting. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
 
This year we welcome Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art and Annika Kristensen, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art who will be joining Michael Brennan, Curator, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre on the 2018 selection panel.
 
For more information visit the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Ignition Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NAVA Ignition Prize for Professional Practice is awarded to a graduating student from university art and design schools that are ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools) members. One prize is offered to a student who achieved the highest marks in their professional practice unit or who academic staff feel would be most deserving of the benefits offered by the prize – a one year NAVA Premium Membership package. The Premium Membership includes access to resources which young artists embarking on their career will find invaluable: fact sheets, check lists and tutorials, guides, expert information and advice, opportunities and discounts for courses and events.
 
By offering the prize, NAVA supports graduates and alerts them to the benefits available via their professional association. Joining with their peers gives emerging artists a sense of continuing inclusion in the Australian visual arts community.
 
If you would like to offer the Ignition Prize to your students, please contact NAVA on nava@visualarts.net.au. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Mandorla Art Award

Mandorla Art Award

The Mandorla Committee are pleased to announce that entries for the 2018 Mandorla Art Award are now open!
 
Artists are invited to submit an entry to the 2018 Mandorla Art Award to be considered for $37,000 in prizemoney including the $25,000 acquisitive award.
 
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize and now ranks amongst major Australian art awards, in both artistic excellence and prize value.
 
Entry is open to artists from all over Australia working in a range of mediums. The winning artwork will become part of the Mandorla art collection joining the likes of previous winners Julie Dowling, John Coburn, Nigel Hewitt and Paul Kaptein.
 
The People’s choice award ($2,000) is sponsored by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia where the collection is housed.
 
A further two highly commended awards of $5,000 will also be awarded.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

National Trust Heritage Awards

National Trust

The National Trust Heritage Awards recognise and promote corporate, individual and group excellence in heritage conservation. The awards bring light to tenacious projects committed to conserving and caring for our state’s heritage sites and our cultural and natural heritage. They celebrate projects, buildings, objects and environments that are being regenerated and revived for future generations to enjoy.
 
Categories include:
 
Adaptive Re-Use
This category is for projects that complement and utilise existing heritage fabric, re-purposing, and new developments which are sympathetic to the traditional uses of a site and its structures and which protect the heritage integrity.
 
Advocacy Campaigns
This category is to recognise the extraordinary commitment of a community group and/or individuals who have pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places.
 
Conservation – Built Heritage
For projects that relate to conservation of our built heritage including capital works and repair. Such projects may include buildings, structures or sites, urban precincts, commercial items, places of worship, houses, interiors, additions, infill or collections.
 
Conservation Landscape
This category is specifically for projects that relate to landscape management and conservation. This also includes natural, urban and cultural landscapes; Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
 
Conservation Interiors and Objects
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Continuing Tradition – New Design, Construction & Development
An award recognising the process of continuing tradition through new design, construction and development.
 
Education And Interpretation
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Heritage Events & Exhibitions
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Publications
This category is for publications which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Tours & Multimedia
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Research And Investigation / Analysis
Projects for this category may include archaeology, conservation management plans or historical research.
 
For more information visit the National Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Blue Star Sustainability Awards

Keep NSW Beautiful

Being truly sustainable means addressing the entire spectrum of environmental, social and economic factors. So the Blue Star awards recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.
 
Core values:

  • Championing environmental sustainability

  • Introducing positive behaviour change into communities
  • Sustainable success through community engagement and education
  • Adoptable, transferable projects that could change communities across the state

 
Please note that the following list is not exhaustive, they’re just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted:

  • Built heritage projects which change or upgrade heritage sites;

  • Sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation;
  • Restoration or conservation of a heritage place – built, Indigenous or other and
  • Projects that support traditional trades that are in decline;
  • Local heritage projects – research and development of locally significant projects such as pioneer walks, booklets, local heritage walks.
  • Partnerships between local volunteer committees, regional council, and sponsors to acknowledge and honour the contribution of pioneers to a region.
  • Digitisation of old area records, cataloguing museum artefacts or presenting exhibits of cultural significance.
  • Projects that may shine a light or restore an important and significant parts of the area’s cultural history.
  • Establishing and developing educational information to be made public to students, tourists, and locals about the history of the area or communities within it.

 
Projects may be submitted by individuals and community groups, local councils and businesses.
 
For more information visit the Keep NSW Beautiful website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

John Fries Award

John Fries Award

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.
 
Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 19 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

The Hills Prize

Art Oak Hill

The $7 000 acquisitive prize attracts entries from both established and emerging artists around Australia.
 
A panel of 3 industry professionals will be responsible for judging The Hills Prize in March 2018.
 
How to enter The Hills Prize
Entries (including a digital image of the work) MUST be submitted online by Friday, 23 February 2018.
Forms cannot be posted or emailed.
 
What are the competition rules?
You can find the full terms and conditions here.
 
Where is the form?
The entry form is here.
You cannot download the form. You must complete it online.
 
How much does it cost?
$35 entry fee to be paid by credit card when filling in the online form.
 
Enquiries:
Art Co-ordinator: Anne Micallef
art@artoakhill.com.au
0458 003 013 Read more

  • Closing: 23 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Festival

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2018.
 
The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).
 
For more information visit www.headon.com.au/awards Read more

  • Closing: 25 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Calleen Art Award

Cowra Art Gallery

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize that encourages originality and artistic merit established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM.
 
The winner of the 2018 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generosity of the Calleen Trust. A painting is selected as a finalist by a selection panel of art professionals and the winning painting will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.
 
Entries close 2 March 2018 and the announcement of the 2018 Calleen Art Award winner will be made at the Official Opening of the finalist’s exhibition on Saturday 5 May 2018. The exhibition will continue to 10 June 2018.
 
People’s Choice Award
A People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is awarded at the end of the exhibition. The winner will receive $500.
 
Key dates
Entries closed Friday 2 March 2018
Opening and Awards Presentation Saturday 5 May 2018
Exhibition dates Sunday 6 May–Sunday 10 June 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

The competition is open to Australian artists at any career stage, and aims to celebrate and encourage the diverse modes of expression representative of contemporary art practice.
 
2018 Prizes
$20,000 First Prize (acquisitive)
$1,000 Artery Tasmanian Artist’s Prize (materials)
$1,000 Fullers Bookshop People’s Choice
$1,000 Hutchins Staff Choice
 
THE HUTCHINS AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE IS AN ACCLAIMED BIENNIAL NATIONAL AWARD DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE.
 
There are no theme, genre, substrate or subject matter preconditions. The competition is open to many modes of creative art practice across traditional and contemporary genres. *Some conditions apply – see criteria for details.
 
For more information visit the website.
Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Milburn Art Prize

Milburn Art Prize

The annual exhibition is open to all artists from SE Queensland and Northern NSW with a $5,000 prize awarded for a 2D work including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
 
This is an important community exhibition designed to encourage participation and competition between both professional and amateur artists.
 
The Milburn Art Prize will discover new and exciting artistic talent, whilst also showcasing outstanding works by established artists.
 
We hope that the Milburn Art Prize may be a springboard into the arts industry for many artists.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA).
 
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Indigenous Australian groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM. Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July. The exhibition will be presented at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018.
 
The Award will be judged by Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney; Genevieve Grieves, freelance curator, educator and consultant; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director of SAM, and announced at the exhibition opening on Saturday 25 August 2018.
 
About the award
The 2018 ICA is the sixth in the series of this biennial Award, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from around Australia and within regional Victoria.
 
The ICA was established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher in 2007. As the Award is increasingly recognised as one of Australia’s significant Indigenous cultural opportunities, there has been increasing interest and participation in the Award from solo artists and collectives in both remote communities and urban centres since its first iteration.
 
Major Partners of the 2018 ICA include Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and Mr Allan Myers AO QC.
 
Important Dates

  • Applications close – Monday 5 March 2018

  • Artists advised of selection – Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Due date for delivery of artworks to SAM – Monday 23 July 2018
  • Announcement and official opening – Saturday 25 August 2018
  • Exhibition dates – 25 August to 11 November 2018

 
All expressions of interest for the Award are to be submitted online, or via post, and received by 5 March 2018, 5pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
 
Application form available here.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Moran Arts Foundation

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including a $50,000 first prize. The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’. We want to see photography taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflects the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of day to day life…we want the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and the everyday.
 
Winner – $50,000
Finalists – $1,000
 
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes – Students
$5,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 11-12)
$3,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 9-10)
$2,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 7-8)
A camera for each Primary School Student Finalist
  Read more

  • Closing: 7 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

HIDDEN: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk 2018

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in Australia’s most historic and culturally significant cemetery. Read more

  • Closing: 12 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Gallipoli Art Prize

Gallipoli Art Prize

Australian artists are invited to enter one piece of original work produced in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium in the Gallipoli Art Prize competition.
 
The Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of The Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed:
 
“…there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation of perpetual peace and universal freedom.”
 
Artwork to be delivered 11-14 March 2018.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

FUSE Glass Prize

FUSE Glass Prize

JamFactory presents a $20,000 biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists.
 
The FUSE Glass Prize presented by JamFactory is a non-acquisitive biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists. The winner will receive a cash prize of AU$20,000. In addition, the winner of the FUSE Emerging Artist Prize will receive AU$2,500 cash and a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at AU$2,500.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Telstra National Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
 
The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.
 
The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.
 
Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Telstra Bark Painting Award – $5000

  • Telstra General Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) – $5000
  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) – $5000
  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) – $5000
  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) – $5000
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award

 
Winners will be notified by Friday 2 August 2018 and announcements made at the opening ceremony for the exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin on 10 August 2018.
 
A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.
 
All awards are non acquisitive.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

David Bryce Rural Art Award

David Bryce Rural Art Award

$5500 in Prize Money
 
Exhibition Dates: 12 April – 27 May 2018
 
All works need to depict a current rural scene, person, animal or activity. i.e. not retrospective of early Australian rural life or scenes from an earlier time.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Department of Industry

The Creative Achievement Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have helped raise the global profile of the creative industries in NSW.
 
This year there are three categories:

  • The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate. This award recognises an individual, team or organisation making a positive contribution to the global profile, growth and development of NSW creative industries.

  • The NSW Emerging Creative Talent award honours an individual, team or organisation emerging in the creative industries sector. The award recognises leadership, originality and innovation and offers support for future development with a prize of $15,000.
  • The NSW Young Creative Award. This new award recognises an individual, team or organisation aged 25 years* or under who has demonstrated leadership, originality and innovation and contributed to raising the profile of NSW creative industries The winner receives a structured mentoring program with a creative industry specialist from Creative Plus Business to the value of $3,000. Creative Plus Business operates in partnership with the NSW Government’s Business Connect program. (*Check terms and conditions for eligibility).

 
Nominations are open for six weeks until Friday March 16. The winners will be announced at the Creative Achievement Awards ceremony held in June at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney 2018.
 
For further information please contact creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au.
Information about the awards, including terms and conditions and the nomination form, can be found at www.nswciawards.com.au.
Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

The 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
 

  • Entries close Friday 23 March (5.00 pm)

  • Shortlisting Mid-April
  • Notification of selection From Monday 30 April
     

  • Selected entries to be delivered to the Gallery
    From Monday 21 to Friday 25 May
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)
     

  • Official opening Friday 8 June
  • Exhibition dates Saturday 9 June to Sunday 19 August
     

  • Collection of non-acquired works
    From Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 August
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)

 
For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash and prizes. We are looking for regional Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs and are excited to be not only providing them a platform to launch from, but also a spotlight on the great opportunities in regional areas across the country.
 
For more information visit the Regional Pitchfest website here. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

Who will you nominate as a champion of giving to the arts?
 
Great things happen when the arts, philanthropy and business work together. We invite you to nominate exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropy, business and arts sectors who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to be considered for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards.
 
Nominating someone is easy – just answer a few simple questions against the awards criteria and your nominee will be in the running.
 
Eligibility
The awards are open to individuals from all Australian states and territories showing leadership in private giving, philanthropy and partnerships across the fields of arts, philanthropy and business. Nominees must:

  • be actively involved in developing private giving to the arts, through philanthropy, partnerships or sponsorships

  • promote the value of supporting the arts to the broader community
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

 
We encourage you to read the individual award eligibility and criteria before nominating.
 
Award Categories

  • Arts Leadership Award | for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, and encouraging increased giving to the arts.
     

  • Business Leadership Award | for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.
     

  • Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.
     

  • Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.

 
Ready to nominate? Read the individual award eligibility and criteria, then head to the nomination form. Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize is a non-acquisitive South Australian two and three dimensional art prize open to Australian visual artists, 18 years and over. The winning artwork will receive AU$25,000.
 
Artists are invited to respond to the theme A Sense of Place by submitting previously un-shown artworks, across multiple platforms and disciplines (with the exclusion of digital media or ephemeral matter), produced after 1st January 2017.
 
Shortlisted works will be chosen by a selection panel comprising of arts industry professionals. All shortlisted finalists will be invited to submit artworks to be exhibited on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia from 16 June – 22 July, 2018. The winning artwork will be selected from finalist exhibitions.
 
A People’s Choice award of AU$3000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition to the artwork voted as people’s choice.
 
The judges for the 2018 Fleurieu Biennale are:

  • Christopher Orchard (Visual artist)

  • Emma Fey (Guildhouse Executive Director)
  • Godwin Bradbeer (Visual artist)

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
Generously funded by the De Bortoli family, the purpose of the award is to encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues. The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $5,000.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Max Kelly Medal plus a prize of $500, generously donated by Geoffrey Jones, is awarded annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

Entries are now open for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award!
 
Now in its second year, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.
 
The 2017 award attracted over 240 entries from around Australia, with Onyx B. Carmine named the winner for their manuscript, Permafrost, a collection of contemporary stories that impressed the judges with the calibre of its prose and moody, compelling storytelling. Carmine, as well as several other longlisted and shortlisted entrants, have since found representation with literary agents; longlisted entrant Joshua Pomare has also secured a publishing contract in Australia (Hachette) and in the US (Putnam).
 
The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.
 
The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).
 
For more information visit the Kill Your Darlings website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

JP Partnership

JP Partnership

The JP Partnership grant allows an unsigned Australian artist under 35 years of age to receive $7500, mentoring and business planning advice.
 
For more information visit www.joshpyke.com. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Total prize money of $40,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018.
 
The following prizes will be awarded:

  • $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2018 Award – First Prize

  • $5000 Significant 2D Award
  • $5000 Significant 3D Award
  • $2000 Emerging Artist Award
  • $1000 Volunteers Choice Award
  • $1000 Local Artist Award
  • $500 Youth Award
  • $500 Public Choice Award

 
How to enter
Send images of your work, together with the entry fee and completed entry form, to the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, you may download a copy here Entry Form AP 2018 OR enter online and pay by direct deposit here: Online entry form
 
Entries AND entry fees must be received by Midnight of 4 April 2018.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

National Works on Paper

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions.
 
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Daniel O’Shane, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. They are held annually.
 
Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens. The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
 
Nominations are sought for the following prizes:

  • Australian History Prize

  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize.

 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Northern Exposure

Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Would you like to be a part of the Mid North Coast’s favourite showcase exhibition Northern Exposure?
 
Northern Exposure is a biannual exhibition open to all artists based on the Mid North Coast. Artists are invited to submit work which explored themes and subjects relevant to their current arts practice. All mediums are welcome.
 
The final selections will be chosen by a panel of key arts professionals from across the Mid North Coast.
 
Maximum of ONE submission per artist. Submission cost is $40.
 
Important Dates
Expression of interest close: 1 February 2018
Artwork application form close: 6 April 2018
Finalist notificaiton sent: 1 May 2018
Artist fee due: 20 July 2018
Artworks delivered: 6 July 2018
Exhibition dates: 14 July – 9 September 2018
Official exhibition opening: 13 July, 6pm 2018
 
For more information visit the Glasshouse Reigonal Gallery website or email info@glasshouse.org.au. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Paul Guest Prize

Bendigo Art Gallery

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biannually, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia.
 
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biannually, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.
 
‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential.’ The Honourable Paul M Guest, QC
 
Previous winners include Tom Nicholson; Heather B Swann; Peter Grziwotz and Belinda Fox .
 
In 2018 we are pleased to welcome back Judge Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.
 
An exhibition will feature the artworks of all finalists at Bendigo Art Gallery from 30 June – 9 September 2018.
 
For more information visit the Paul Guest Prize website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Ravenswood School for Girls

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition conducted by Ravenswood School for Girls that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure.
 
There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must align with the annual theme. The 2018 theme is ‘RESILIENCE’. The winner of the Professional Artist Price will receive $35,000, making it Australia’s richest professional art prize for women . The winner of the Emerging Artist Prize will receive $5,000.
 
Important dates:
Entries Open on Thursday 1 February 2018
Entries Close at 12.00pm (midday) on Tuesday 17 April 2018
 
Successful finalists of the 2018 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Price will be advised and published on this website on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 17 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

River of Art Prize

River of Art

The River of Art 2018 Art Prize invites entries for this exciting regional competition. The prize is open to all artists living on the NSW South Coast, from Milton to the Victorian border.
 
A first prize of $2000 will be awarded to the artist of the winning work, 2nd place will be awarded $250, and 3rd place $100.
 
A judging panel comprised of three well-known professional artists – Ken Taber, Rita Wagner and Pauline Balos – will view all actual artworks submitted to choose finalists and select the winning works. Awards will be presented on Thursday 17 May 2018 at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma.
 
Finalists’ works will be exhibited during the River of Art Festival in May at the SoART Gallery. Other artworks submitted will also be on show in a Salon de Refusés at the Narooma School of Arts’ Studios. Both exhibitions will run from 18 May to 2 June.
 
For more information visit the River of Art website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Hadley's Art Prize

Hadley's Orient Hotel

Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, the Hadley’s Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry.
 
The prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to enter.
 
$100,000 prize
Awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.
 
2018 Judges: Clothilde Bullen, Michael Zavros and Jane Stewart
Entries close: 18 May 2018
Winner announced: 20 July 2018
Exhibition of finalists: Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 21 July – 25 August 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 May 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Broken Hill City Council

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
 
The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
 
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.
 
Key Dates
Entries Open: 2nd April 2018
Entries Close: 15th June 2018
Finalist Notification: 22nd June
Artworks Delivered: – 25th June – 27th July 2018
Exhibition Opening: Friday 3rd August
Exhibition Dates: 3rd August 2018 – 23rd September
Collection of Artworks: from 24th September 2018
 
For more information visit the Broken Hill City Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Monash Gallery of Art Foundation

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia’s most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country’s most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
 
Entries open
Wednesday 30 May – 11 July 2018
 
Finalists announced
Friday 10 August 2018
 
Exhibition dates
29 September – 18 November 2018
 
Winner announcement
Thursday 11 October 2018
 
For more information visit www.mga.org.au Read more

  • Closing: 11 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

Explore this year’s theme of refuge – open your mind, think outside the box and see where the idea of refuge takes you.
 
First prize is $1,000 cash plus great prizes for runners up. Winning entries will be announced by 2018 short story judge, Mark Smith, at the awards ceremony on Thursday 6 September during the Write Around the Murray Festival.
 
Competition Details
Theme: Refuge
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: $10
First prize: $1,000
Closing date: 5.00pm – Wednesday 18 July, 2018
 
For more information visit writearoundthemurray.org.au Read more

  • Closing: 18 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Life Photography Prize

Art & About Sydney

Photographers of all experience levels are invited to enter their best single images for the annual Australian Life photography prize. Thought provoking, poignant or humorous, Art & About Sydney are looking for photos that capture the essence of Australian life. Your chance to win $10,000, nationwide exposure and your work showcased in an exhibition. Submit your photo by Sunday July 29 2018.
 
For more information visit the Art and About website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

Centrehouse Arts Centre

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards were established in 1981 by the Lane Cove community with the intention to promote, support and encourage our young and talented emerging artists throughout Australia. The Awards encourage young artists to learn and excel in their art practice by providing funds to assist them start their journey. The Awards are held every two years and the main award is an Aquisitive Prize of $5,000, which becomes part of the Lane Cove Council Collection and a solo exhibition the following year in Gallery Lane Cove. The Awards were named in honour of Dr. Lloyd Rees one of Australias’ most treasured artists of the 20th century. Dr. Rees was a very active and generous local of the Lane Cove Municipality and many of his most wonderful drawings, paintings and etchings come from the surrounding landscape.
 
Centrehouse Arts Centre manages the awards and is now able to host the exhibition in the modern facilities of Gallery Lane Cove. The Lane Cove Council are the major sponsor of the Awards, with the further support of the Lane Cove Art Society, providing a highly Commended Prize of $1,500, while Centrehouse Art Centre, provides a further $1,000 for the Commended prize.
 
The Awards are open to artists and residents of Australia, 18 – 30 years, with works in drawing, painting, and printmaking. The next Awards will be held in 2019.
 
For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.
 
The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.
 
The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.
 
The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future. The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.
 
Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials

  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

 
Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria (desired but not essential)

 
Artist Fee:
$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.
 
Selection Panel:

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

  • Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects
  • Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design
  • Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

 
For more information visit www.lismorequad.org.au Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

Grafton Regional Gallery

Thirty years ago in 1988 the Grafton Regional Gallery established a drawing prize. This competition for drawing is now the flagship art prize known as the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).
 
All artists living in Australia are eligible to enter the JADA, which accepts both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.
 
The JADA is Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000.
 
The JADA provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to explore the medium of drawing while allowing the gallery to collect a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawings.
 
In 2016, the JADA attracted its largest number of entries to date with artists from across Australia entering their drawings. The selection of finalists from the 2016 JADA has been on tour since January 2017, and will be due to arrive back in Grafton in August 2018.
 
Each year the JADA attracts entries from some of Australia’s leading artists who work in the medium of drawing, including Gosia Wlodarczak, Noel McKenna, David Fairbairn, and Todd Fuller.
 
The Grafton Regional Gallery would like to thank major sponsors, the Friends of the Grafton Gallery as well as The Daily Examiner, S & D Welch Removals, and Yulgilbar Foundation. Without the support of the community the JADA would not be possible.
 
This major cultural event in presented event two years by the Grafton Regional Gallery, a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council.
 
For more information visit www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.
 
The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following 12 months, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.
 
The program includes funding for the writer and mentor to attend Boundless – a festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2019.
 
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.
 
Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). To be eligible, writers must not previously have had a full-length work professionally published.
 
Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.
 
Submissions will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
 
‘The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.’ Tara June Winch
 
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and proof of Indigenous status may be required.
 
The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is supported by the First Nations Australia Writers Network.
 
For enquiries, email competitions@writingnsw.org.au. For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 13 August 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Elioth Gruner Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales awards an annual prize of $1000 for excellence in the study of a landscape in oils. The applicant must be an art student who has lived in New South Wales for at least five years before entering the competition.
 
Applicants must submit two landscapes painted in oils, no larger than 100 × 150 cm, along with the completed application form and CV.
 
Applicants are asked at first instance to send images of their entries in PowerPoint format. Shortlisted applicants will then be required to submit original works to the Gallery for final judging.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are pleased to announce the Grace Cossington Smith art award is now a biennial award.
 
Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.
 
The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.
 
There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner’s exhibition in the following year.
 
For more information visit the website.
Read more

  • Closing: 31 August 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica Magazine

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.
 
The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.
 
Entry costs: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18
 
Aesthetica champions artists across a range of media, with talent development at its core. It presents two further awards: the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Through its three awards, Aesthetica showcases leading practitioners and supports their career through its international reputation and links with the creative industries.
 
For more information visit aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/ Read more

  • Closing: 31 August 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature

Carstairs Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.
 
The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.
 
This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website.
Read more

  • Closing: 1 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

The National Art School will present the Dobell Drawing Prize in March 2019. The new biennial Prize will be presented at NAS Gallery, alongside a new drawing symposium that explores the importance of drawing in all its diversity.
 
The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing, celebrating innovation, technical skills and diverse media. A leading Australian artist will be invited to select the finalists and award the prize of $30,000. The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
 
All works selected for exhibition are eligible for the Prize money of $30,000. The Prize will be acquisitive to benefit public collections and the exhibition is planned to tour to Regional Galleries.
 
The National Art School will administer the Prize and creative programming to accompany the exhibition.
 
Key dates:

  • Submissions open: June 2018

  • Winner announcement and opening: Wednesday 27 March 2019
  • Exhibition: 28 March – 25 May 2019

 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

  • Closing: 3 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

Gosford Galleries

The Gosford Art Prize is a hotly contested event with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $24,000 in total prizes. The exhibition offers the artist an opportunity to let their work stand on its own, to be judged and appreciated on a level playing field, with each work vying for the viewer’s attention.
 
The recent addition of the Gosford Ceramics Prize supports and recognises the growing resurgence in contemporary ceramics throughout Australia
 
For more information visit the Gosford Galleries website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Basil Sellers Art Prize

Eurobodalla Shire Council

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is now calling for entries, with submissions closing Monday 10 September at 4pm.
 
Run by Eurobodalla Shire Council, the $20,000 acquisitive art prize and exhibition features 2D artworks (excluding photography and digital media) and is open to artists living in NSW and the ACT.
 
The winning work will be acquired by businessman and philanthropist, Basil Sellers AM and placed in his extensive private collection.
 
Artworks can be of any theme and must have been created in the last 12 months. Entry costs $45 or $35 for Friends.

Key Dates

  • Call for Entries Open: Monday 9 July 2018, 8am

  • Call for Entries Close: Monday 10 September 2018, 4pm
  • Exhibition: 21 February – 17 March 2019, open daily 8am – 4pm

 
For more information visit the Eurobodalla Shire Council website or contact Coordinator Creative Arts Development, Indira Carmichael on 02 4474 1061. Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Mosman Art Prize

Mosman Council

The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Council. The Prize is the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia. The winning works form an important collection of modern and contemporary art, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century.
 
For more information visit mosmanartgallery.org.au/mosman-art-prize Read more

  • Closing: 10 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Whitsunday Coast Airport Indigenous Art Competition

Whitsunday Coast Airport

An exciting opportunity exists for Indigenous Australian artists to have their artwork displayed permanently on the Whitsunday Coast Airport’s new terminal building. The $15 million terminal expansion project is well underway and expected to be completed by December this year.
 
Whitsunday Regional Council is asking for entrants to provide a design idea for a wall mural on the outside of the terminal building. The artwork will become a distinguishing feature at the entrance to the building, which welcomes thousands of international and domestic tourists who visit the Whitsunday Islands and the mainland every year. Council is looking for an artwork which would encompass and capture the Whitsunday region, with a reef, water, sand and aquatic animal theme.
 
This will be a rare opportunity for an Indigenous Australian artist to receive international exposure. The winning artist will also be invited to the terminal expansion opening event in December, to reveal and showcase their completed artwork.
 
All entrants will be assessed by a committee of Council staff and in consultation with local Traditional Owners. The successful artist would receive $10,000 prize money, and the winner will be announced in mid-September. The successful artist will be asked to complete their artwork by December 2018, in time for the opening of the new terminal.
 
For more information visit www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/632/Whitsunday-Coast-Airport Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts

SPLASH McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

McClelland Gallery

McClelland is delighted to announce a major new acquisitive award, Splash! $30,000 will be awarded to the most worthy original work in watercolour, and $10,000 awarded for a highly commended work. Entries close 11.59pm Wednesday 12 September 2018.
 
For more information visit www.mcclellandgallery.com Read more

  • Closing: 12 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Megalo International Print Prize

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery are pleased to announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with an impressive $18500 in prize money.
 
FIRST PRIZE – $10,000
SECOND PRIZE – $5000
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – $1000
LERIDA ESTATE ACQUISITIVE PRIZE – $2500
 
Artists may enter up to 2 works.
Entry fees are $40 for 1 work or $60 for 2 works.
 
For more information visit www.megalo.org/megaloprize Read more

  • Closing: 23 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery

One of Australia’s most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of our eponymous patron.
 
For more information visit gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 September 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Georges River Artist in Residence

Georges River Council

Applications closing soon for the Georges River Artist in Residence award. The award is open to a range of art forms and practices for up to 3 months, between November 2018 – December 2020.
 
For more information visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Art-and-Culture/Artist-in-Residence Read more

  • Closing: 28 September 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual prize of $2000 to an art student exhibiting skill and promise in the area of draughtsmanship.
 
Applicants are required to submit:
 

  • two life figure drawings, one of each sex

  • one study of hands and feet
  • one or two studies of a head
  • one, or not more than two, sketchbooks or portfolios containing any subjects

 
Applicants are asked at first instance to send images of their entries in PowerPoint format. Shortlisted applicants will then be required to submit original works to the Gallery for final judging.
 
For more information visit visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council is now calling for nominations and Expression of interest for the 2019 Awards.
 
The 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists.
 
For more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 2 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous

9×5 Landscape Prize 2018

Waverley Woollahra Art School

A spontaneous response to the landscape.
 
Following in the footsteps of impressionists Streeton, Roberts, Condor and McCubbin, in 2016 we launched our inaugural 9×5 Landscape Prize. Entry in the 9×5 Prize may be paintings in any medium, including oil, acrylic or watercolour. The theme is open.
 
For more information visit wwas.org.au/9-x-5-landscape-prize Read more

  • Closing: 2 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

Gleneira City Council

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.
 
For more information visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Places-and-events/Arts-and-Culture/Galleries-and-Visual-Art/AME-Bale
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  • Closing: 3 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

50th National Pottery Competition 2018

Port Hacking Potters Group

This competition is for all potters residing in Australia from any state.
 
There are 3 Major Prizes – the Port Hacking Potters Award for best in show, the award for an Indigenous ceramic artist, the Golden Anniversary Award plus sections for Wheel Thrown, Hand built or Sculpture, plus student sections.
 
For more information porthackingpotters.blogspot.com/p/50th-national-pottery-competition-2018.html Read more

  • Closing: 9 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Tom Malone Prize

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is pleased to announce the continuation of the Tom Malone Prize for Australian glass artists. The Tom Malone Prize was initiated in 2003 by Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017.
 
The Prize continues through the support of Foundation Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood, and has also been increased from $12,000 to $15,000. As an acquisitive prize, the winning work becomes part of the State Art Collection where it will join works by previous winners: Clare Belfrage, Gabriella Bisetto, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Brian Corr, Mel Douglas, Deirdre Feeney, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jessica Loughlin, Tom Moore, Nick Mount and Benjamin Sewell.
 
The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community and it has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists in this medium.
 
For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/Awards.asp Read more

  • Closing: 19 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

Entries are now open for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, with the winner set to receive $52,000 in cash and prizes, including superb contributions from new sponsor, Canon Australia.
 
First prize now comprises $30,000 cash, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery; a Canon DSLR Camera valued at $9,499; a Canon lens valued at $2,649; and a Canon Colour Graphic Large Format Printer, including professional service and consumables, valued at $10,000.
 
Entries are open until 9.00am (AEDT) on 23 October 2018. Finalists will be announced in December and the winner will be revealed at the opening of the exhibition in February 2019.
 
For more information and to submit, visit nppp.portrait.gov.au
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  • Closing: 23 October 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Darling Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize aspires to be the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture. We are excited to invite all painters to start thinking about a subject in preparation to begin painting. Paintings must be completed on or after 1 September 2018.
 
For more information visit www.portrait.gov.au/content/darling-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals