Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2024
Entries close midnight (AEDT), Wednesday January 10, 2024
This prize is a $25,000 acquisitive award for Drawing. An exhibition of 40 finalists’ works will be held at Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon NSW 2132, from February 24 to March 22, 2024; apg.plc.nsw.edu.au.
The Alice Prize 2024
Entries close midnight, Wednesday January 31, 2024
The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize welcoming entries from around Australia in any medium or theme, and offering a $30,000 prize for the winning work. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Araluen Arts Centre, Araluen NT 0870, from March 22 to May 12, 2024. Visit the website for details and entry form; www.aliceprize.com.
Australian War Memorial’s Napier Waller Art Prize
Entries close Tuesday December 17, 2023
The Australian War Memorial’s 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize is now open for submissions from current and former Australian Defence Force personnel of original work (completed in the past two years from date of entry) in any visual art medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital, decorative, sculpture, and installation, addressing the theme of their choice. The winning work will receive a $15,000 cash prize, be displayed alongside highly commended works at Parliament House in May 2024, and accepted into the Memorial’s National Collection. Finalists’ works will be displayed on the Australian War Memorial’s website, open to public voting for the $5,000 People’s Choice Award. Entry information is available online; awm.gov.au/nwartprize.
Bayside Painting Prize 2024
Entries close Friday February 23, 2024
Three prize categories: $25,000 Major Prize (non-acquisitive); $10,000 Beckett Local Prize (acquisitive); $1,000 People’s Choice Prize. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Bayside Gallery, Brighton VIC 3186, from May 3 to June 23, 2024; baysidepaintingprize.com.au.
The 68th Blake Art Prize
Entries close 9am (AEDT), Monday December 18, 2023
The 68th Blake Art Prize encourages contemporary artists of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality, religion and/or belief. Categories include: The Blake Art Prize, a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000; The Blake Emerging Artist Prize, an acquisitive prize of $6,000; and The Blake Established Artist Residency, consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC), Casula NSW 2170. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at CPAC, from May 11 to July 7, 2024; casulapowerhouse.com/prizes/the-blake-art-prize.
The 68th Blake Poetry Prize
Entries close 9am (AEDT), Monday December 18, 2023
Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents the $5,000 non-acquisitive Blake Poetry Prize, which challenges Australian poets to explore conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion and/or belief in a new work created in the last two years of 100 lines or less. This bi-annual prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity and demonstrate high degrees of artistic and conceptual proficiency. The Blake Poetry Prize runs alongside the Blake Art Prize; casulapowerhouse.com/prizes.
2024 City of Rockingham Art Prize
Entries close 4pm (AWST), February 16, 2024
The City of Rockingham is calling on both emerging and established artists from across Western Australia to submit work in any media (except film, video and installation) for this non-acquisitive competition, which has a prize pool worth more than $20,000. Categories include the $10,000 First Prize (Open), $4,000 Small Sculpture Award, $2,000 First Nations Artist Award, $2,000 Emerging Artist Award, $1,500 Local Resident Award, and the $500 People’s Choice Award. Finalists will be chosen by an independent selection panel, and an exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the Rockingham Arts Centre, Rockingham WA 6168, from 15 to 30 June 2024. For more information, including entry criteria and application forms, visit the website; rockingham.wa.gov.au/artprize.
2024 Darling Portrait Prize
.Entries close 11.55pm (AEDT), Wednesday January 31, 2024
The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial prize for Australian portrait painting. Entries must depict a person/s having a strong association with Australia, or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life; based on a live sitting or study from life (including online sittings). In 2024, the winner will receive a prize of $75,000. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes ACT 2600, from June 22 to October 13, 2024; portrait.gov.au/dpp-callforentries.php.
2024 Glover Prize
Entries close at 6pm (AEST), Friday January 26, 2024
Entries have opened for the 2024 Glover Prize. The annual $75,000 acquisitive prize is awarded to the artwork judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. Entrants are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award $3,000, the Children’s Choice Award $500, and the Hanger’s Choice Award $500. The aim of the Glover Prize is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting, and Tasmania. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale TAS 7212, from March 9 to 17, 2024; www.johnglover.com.au.
Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
Entries close 11.59pm (AEDT), Monday December 18, 2023
Presented by the University of Sydney, the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is Australia’s richest poetry prize, offering a $40,000 prize to the recipient for her collection of poems reflecting Australian culture. The winning collection will be published by Vagabond Press. Female poets are invited to submit a collection of poems between fifty to eighty pages. The work should broadly deal with Australian culture in some way; otherwise, there are no restrictions on the subject matter. The award will be judged by three distinguished Australian female poets. Please ensure your work complies with the Terms and Conditions. For more information, visit the submission portal; sydney.edu.au/arts/news-and-events/news/2023.html.
2024 Mandorla Art Award
Entries close Wednesday March 13, 2024
Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize. Prize pool is over $50,000, the 2024 Mandorla Art Award includes the inaugural New Norcia Artist Residency Prize. Open to artists working in any medium, the 2024 theme is ‘Refocus’ – “Let all that you do be done in love.” www.mandorlaart.com.
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024
Entries close 11.55pm (AEDT), Wednesday February 7, 2024
Entries to the 2024 National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) are now open. The Prize provides a powerful visual record of the year that was – a celebration of identity, both collective and individual. To be eligible to enter the 2024 NPPP, your work must be a photographic artwork taken after 2 February 2023 and depicting a person/s from a live sitting. This year, entry is free. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes ACT 2600, from 22 June to 13 October 2024, with one portrait awarded an overall $30,000 cash prize. Additional information can be found online; portrait.gov.au/nppp-callforentries.php.
The Percivals 2024
Applications close 10am (AEST), Tuesday February 13, 2024
The Percivals is an open competition for artists to submit work in the following categories that total $53,000 in prize money: the Percival Portrait Painting Prize with a major acquisitive prize of $40,000 and People’s Choice award of $1,000; the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize with a major acquisitive prize of $10,000 and People’s Choice award of $1,000; and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize which includes a non-acquisitive prize of $1,000. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competitions also allow many emerging artists to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD 4810, from June 22 to September 1, 2024; townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/theatres-and-galleries/perc-tucker-regional-gallery/percival-portrait-painting-prize.
Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2024
Entries close midday (AEDT), Wednesday February 14, 2024
Entries are open for the annual acquisitive prize for Australian art by women artists working in any medium. There is a total prize pool of $47,000 across three categories, plus the People’s Choice award. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon NSW 2072, from May 11 to 26, 2024; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ravenswoodartprize.com.au.
Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize 2024
Entries close Sunday February 11, 2024
Artists are invited to enter works in painting, mixed media, photography, works on paper, and 3D artworks for the Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize. There is a total prize pool of $14,350. The finalists’ exhibition is at Rutherglen Memorial Hall, Rutherglen VIC 3685, from March 8 to 17, 2024; www.artsrutherglen.com.au.
Entries close mid-March 2024
Sculptures@Scratchley invites national and international artists to submit works in the second iteration of its $40,000 non-acquisitive prize. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at Fort Scratchley, Newcastle East NSW 2300; sculpturesatscratchley.com.au.
2024 SWELL Sculpture Festival
Entries close midnight, Wednesday January 31, 2024
SWELL Sculpture is Queensland’s largest outdoor exhibition with over 65 large-scale sculptures set among the natural landscape of Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast QLD 4223, from September 6 to 15, 2024. Artists are invited to submit completed works, works in progress or concepts by the closing date. Artist awards are over $40,000. The major award winner will receive $15,000; swellsculpture.com.au.
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2024
Entries close Monday December 4, 2023
Artists of any age, nationality, and experience who create art relating to the natural world are invited to enter the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2024. Categories include the $30,000 Open Prize, the $10,000 Emerging Artist Prize, and the People’s Choice Prize. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA 5000, from April 6 to June 10, 2024; www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/c/waterhouse.