Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre have announced the establishment of a new major art prize, Wollumbin Art Award (WAA), with a total prize offering of $30,000.

The award, named for the sacred mountain which the Gallery overlooks, will be held biennially and is open to artists living and working in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle and Scenic Rim shires, as well as Lismore and Gold Coast cities. The Award celebrates the calibre and diversity of artists of the region. There is no theme and artists may submit works in any medium. Entry fee is $35.

The award offers a first prize of $15,000 and a two-week residency at the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. The Gallery has also established a $10,000 First Nations Bundjalung Award, which includes a solo exhibition in the Gallery and a $5,000 Emerging Artist Award.

For young artists aged between 5–18 years living in the identified areas, the Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) will also be calling for entries.

Entries for the WAA 2022 will open on Wednesday 27 April 2022 and close at 5pm, Sunday 17 July 2022.

Find the conditions of entry here.


Image. View of Wollumbin from Tweed Regional Gallery. Photo courtesy Kate Holmes.