Awards

Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize
Entries close Friday January 31, 2020
Entries online are open now. $38,000 Prize pool includes $20,000 First Prize. Open to artists of all ages aiming to make a statement, or capture the essence of the Park Lands. Finalists’ exhibition Adelaide Festival Centre in April 2020.

Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020
Entries close Wednesday January 8, 2020.
A $25,000 acquisitive award for Drawing. Exhibition of finalists Feb 28 to March 27, 2020.
Visit the website for details and entry form. (02) 9704-5693. AdelaidePerryGallery@plc.nsw.edu.au

Albert Park College Art Show
Entries close 5pm, Monday September 16
Expressions of Interest are open for the 9th annual curated art show for two and three dimensional works from professional and student artists. Prize pool $6,000.
Exhibition Oct 18 to 20. Trudy Rice 0410-596-415, or email apcollegeartshow@gmail.com
Visit website for more info.

ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition
Entries close Friday August 30
Exploring the theme of ‘the Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’. Offering $27,000 in prize money across traditional, contemporary and emerging categories. Finalists exhibition Oct 4 to 20.
artprize@missiontoseafarers.com.au

The Australian Guild of Realist Artists – PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE
Entries close Friday, September 13
Entries invited in all media. Theme ‘Modern Life’. Prizes totalling $1,250+ in value.
Special ‘young artist’s prize. Exhibition Sept 18 to 29.
More information: office@agra.org.au
AGRA embraces contemporary realist art in its many varieties.

Boilerhouse Gallery – Sunbury
Entries close 4pm, Friday September 13
Last Call For Entries. Entries are invited for Art Erotique 2019 an exhibition of two and three-dimensional art works on a tastefully erotic theme to be held at the Boilerhouse Gallery, Sunbury, Victoria from October 12 to 19. For inquiries, entry forms and conditions of entry email nicgermano54@gmail.com or call (03) 9740-6951 Mon-Sat between 10am and 3pm, or visit the website. Boilerhouse Gallery, Building 20, Boilerhouse Road, Sunbury VIC 3429.

Bruny20
Applications close Thursday October 31
Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Program is calling for applications from artists across a variety of disciplines to explore universal environmental themes through a new fellowship program, to take place in 2020. The program is valued at $75,000 and is open visual artists, musicians, writers, performers, film-makers, and inter-disciplinary artists.

Darling Portrait Prize
Entries close 9am, Tuesday, 1 October (new extended date)
The National Portrait Gallery invites artists to enter paintings, which have been completed on or after 1 September 2018, for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, which offers a major cash prize of $75,000 to the winner. Entry is open to artists who are Australian citizens or residents and are over the age of 18. Artists may paint any Australian citizen or resident and/or a person or persons who have a strong association with Australia or who has made a significant contribution to Australian life. The finalists will be announced in November and the exhibition will be held at the National Portrait Gallery in March 2020. Terms and conditions are available on the website.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Entries close Friday September 2
Entries are invited for the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Total prize pool is $180,00. First prize $150,000.
Finalists exhibition 1 Oct to 1 Dec.
Visit website for more information and to enter.


Lynn Savery, Self Portrait, oil, 153 x 82cm. Winner 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Courtesy the artist and Moran Arts Foundation

EMSLA – Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
Entries close Friday September 27
Call for entries for the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award. First prize $20,000 non-acquisitive. Finalist exhibition is on view Nov 8 to Dec 1. Visit website for details and entry.

Escape ARTFest Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Monday September 23
Entries are open for the $4,000 Escape ARTfest Art Prize, as part of ‘Escape ARTfest’ NSW South Coast festival of arts running from Oct 10 to 13. Open to all ages. Visit the website for details, or call 0406-866-634. www.facebook.com/EscapeARTfest
Instagram: escapeartfest

Georges River Art Prize 2019
Entries close Friday August 30
Calling for entries for the Georges River Art Prize 2019. Hosted by Hurstville Museum & Gallery offering a prize pool over $20,000. Exhibition 26 Oct to 30 Jan 2020.
Visit website for details and entry.

GreenWay Art Prize
Entries close 8 October 2019
The 10th GreenWay Art Prize is calling for entries for works that capture the essence of The GreenWay, the precious urban green corridor in Sydney’s Inner West. Exhibitions will be held at Art Est. Art School and Gallery from 31 October to 19 November, Seaview Gallery 25-30 November, and Bankstown Arts Centre 13 December-30 January, 2020.
Visit the website for details and entry submissions.

John Copes Watercolour Prize
Entries close 4pm, Wednesday September 11
Entries are open for the John Copes Watercolour Prize. First prize $3,000, second prize $600 and People’s Choice $400. Exhibition opens on Sept 27 at Bowral Art Gallery. Visit website for details and entry form.  (02) 4861-4093.

John Fries Award 2020
Entries close Monday September 30
Early career artists across Australia and New Zealand are invited to enter the annual non-acquisitive $10,000 John Fries Award. Visit website for details and entry form.

KAAF Art Prize 2019
Entries close Friday October 25
The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation is calling for entries for the 2019 KAAF Art Prize, with a total prize pool of $24,000.

Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary – 43rd Annual Art Exhibition and Sale
Entries close Friday October 18
Entries are open for the Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition, from Nov 1 to 4 inclusive.
Judge: Richard Watson – Artist and Art Consultant. Rotary Prize $2,000 for Best in Show with 5 highly commended of $100 each, People’s Choice Award of $500 and The Harry & Clare Friday Foundation Award for local Mansfield Shire artists of $1,500. Entry forms are available from the Art Show Secretary: Marion Mitchell, PO Box 4703, Sawmill Settlement, 3723. Ph: 0447-148-694. Email: mjm14@bigpond.com

Montalto Sculpture Prize 2020
Entries close Thursday October 31
Call for entries for the $40,000 acquisitive prize for sculpture. Exhibition Feb 23 to Aug 30, 2020.
Download entry form and details from website.  (03) 5989-8412.

Mosman Art Prize 2019
Entries close August 26
Entries are open for the 2019 Mosman Art Prize. Established in 1947 it is one of the longest running and most prestigious local government art awards in Australia. This annual award is $50,000 acquisitive award for painting, sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Each year the winning artwork becomes part of the important Mosman Art Collection of modern and contemporary works reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century. The exhibition of finalists will be on view 11 September to 27 October at Mosman Art Gallery, NSW. In addition to the major prize the award includes the Margaret Olley Commendation Award, Allan Gamble Award, Guy Warren Emerging Artists’ Award, and Viewers’ Choice Award.

9×5 Landscape Prize
Entries close October 1.
Waverley Woollahra Art School invites all artists to submit 9×5 works on plywood board. First prize $1,000, second prize $500. Visit the website for details and entry.
Call (02) 9387-2461 or email  info@wwas.org.au

NOW Contemporary Art Prize
Entries close Sunday August 25.
Entries are open for the NOW Contemporary Art Prize, a biennial visual arts award offering a $10,000 first prize, open to artists 16 years and over who are permanent residents of Australia. The finalists will be exhibited at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra from Oct 5 to Nov 23.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close 6pm, Sunday September 15
A $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape, now in its 16th year. Online entries are now open. Visit the website for more information. E info@paddingtonartprize.com.au

Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019
Entries close Thursday September 12
Entries are open for the $20,000 non-acquisitive prize for self portraits. The Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize is open to Australian citizens living in Australia or abroad for works painted without assistance from digital technology. Exhibition Nov 14 to Jan 26, 2020. Visit website for details and entry.

ROI Art Prize
Entries close Thursday November 7
The annual ROI Art Prize is calling for entries from emerging and established artists from Melbourne, Yarra, Darebin and Moreland (VIC) municipalities to submit original artworks including painting, limited edition printmaking, photography and drawing. First prize is $10,000 and Peopleís Choice $1,000. The winning work is acquired for display in the ROI Apartments complex located in North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship
Entries open Monday 2 September to Monday October 21.
The City of Port Phillip invites applications for this $25,000 award offered in support of professional development and excellence in contemporary visual art. Visit website for entry and details. (03) 9209-6215.

Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2019
Sculpture among the Tulips
Applications close Friday August 23
Applications are open for the 12th annual Tesselaar Sculpture Prize for outdoor sculpture. This is a $20,000 acquisitive award. The exhibition of finalists will take place as part of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival from Sept 14 to Oct 13. Guidelines and applications are available from the curator Mark Cowie via email artservices@skymesh.com.au or P.O Box 1086, Daylesford, VIC, 3460. 

Western Sydney University Sculpture Award 2020
Entries close Friday September 6
Artists are invited to submit work for inclusion in the ninth Western Sydney Sculpture Award valued at $30,000. The exhibition will be held at the Campbelltown Campus from May 1 to 31, 2020.
Visit the website, call (02) 4620-3450, or email monica.mcmahon@westernsydney.edu.au for information and application.