The Australian Guild of Realist Artists – AGRA Art Challenge
Entries close Friday April 2, 2021
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists is inviting entries to its inaugural 2021 Art Challenge, to be held at the AGRA galleries in Camberwell, Melbourne, from April 9 to May 2.
Artists are invited to enter works in the theme of ‘Connections’.
First prize of the non-acquisitive award is $1000 cash, with various in-kind and cash prizes.
For further details phone (03) 9882-5859 Wednesday to Sunday or visit the website.

Gallipoli Art Prize
Entries close Wednesday March 10, 2021
Delivery of artworks March 7 to 10, 2021

Artists are invited to submit one piece of work in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium for the Gallipoli Art Prize competition. The $20,000 prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed: ‘…there exists and 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.’ Terms and conditions are available on the website.

Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award
Submissions open Monday March 1 and close Sunday August 29, 2021
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076.
(02) 9473-7878.
Acquisitive award, $15,000, for work in two-dimensional media, $2,500 each to Local Artist and Early Career artist. Exhibition Nov 6 to Dec 4, 2021. Winners will exhibit together in the GCS Gallery in 2022. Visit the website for details and entry form.

Hadley’s Art Prize
Entries close Tuesday April 6, 2021
$100,000 Australian landscape prize presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel + Salamanca Arts Centre & Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Residency Prize, Packing Room Prize: $1,000 Wagner Framemakers framing voucher & People’s Choice Award: $2,500 prize presented by the Mercury.
Apply online at

HIDDEN: Rookwood Sculptures
Entries close Monday April 9, 2021
Rookwood General Cemetery invites artists, either as individuals (if 18 or over) or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2021.
We are looking for sculptural works that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Proposals are invited from a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms, including kinetic elements, performance and participatory engagements, across a broad span of works ranging from celebratory, big, bright and colourful through to contemplative, personal, intimate and thought provoking. Over $40,000 in honorariums and awards available.

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2021
Entries close Wednesday June 16, 2021
Online entry:
Manning Regional Art Gallery at 12 Macquarie Street, Taree 2430.
Visit the website for details and entry.

2021 Olive Cotton Award
Entries close 5pm, Sunday May 2, 2021
Entries are now open for the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.
The 2021 Guest Judge is photo-media artist Michael Cook.
Official opening and prize announcements Saturday 17 July.
Exhibition on display 16 July to 19 September 2021.

PCA Print Commission 2021
Entries close Monday March 1, 2021

The Print Council of Australia invites artists to apply to create a new original limited print edition for the 2021 PCA Print Commission.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021
Entries close midday (DST Eastern Australia), Wednesday March 3, 2021
(02) 9498-9898.
An annual award which aims to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. There are three categories for works in any medium with no set theme: Professional Artist $35,000, Emerging Artist $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist $5,000.
Opening night is Fri May 14 and the finalists’ exhibition: May 15 to 30 at Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney.

Sculpture@Shaw 2021
Entries close Friday May 28, 2021
The inaugural Sculpture@Shaw biennale outdoor sculpture prize offers a $25,000 prize pool and an additional $1,000 bursary for each of the finalists in the main Sculpture@Shaw prize. Artists are encouraged to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small, large-scale, or site-specific to the beautiful Shaw Wines and surrounding Murrumbateman countryside. The finalist exhibition will be a ticketed event from 4 September to 19 September 2021. Apply online at

Sculpture in the Vineyards
Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival
Entries open Saturday May 1 and close Saturday June 19
Entries are open for the non-acquisitive Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival prizes. The finalists’ exhibition is on from Sept 11 to 26 outdoors in the vineyards and across five indoor galleries. Enter online.

STILL National Still Life Award 2021
Entries close Monday April 12, 2021

Entries open for works in all mediums for this biennial acquisitive still life award.
First prize $30,000. Finalists’ exhibition is on from Aug 13 to Oct 23 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Details and entry form online.

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2021
Entries close Wednesday March 31, 2021
(03) 5722-0865.
Textile artists are invited to apply for the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, a $10,000 acquisitive award.