National Capital Art Prize

National Capital Art Prize

A new national competition for paintings of any subject has been launched offering $45,000 in prize money.

The National Capital Art Prize has been set up to support and encourage Australian artists, many of whom have had less opportunity to showcase their works in the last 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director and Founder of the National Capital Art Prize, Mr Bob Stephens, said the new annual Prize has been established to promote culturally diverse artistic endeavours and provide a forum where art can be viewed, studied, critiqued and sold.

The Prize will be the only art competition in Australia which allows entrants to paint any vision, such as portrait, landscape or abstract, and use any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil.

Each artist can enter up to four different paintings in any combination of the four main categories which include Open, First Nations Prize for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists, Landscape and Student.

Finalists will also have the chance to win the People’s Choice Award voted by the public, and in 2021 there will also be an Art Scholarship offered in partnership with the Australian National University (ANU).

Entries open now via the Prize website National Capital Art Prize and close on July 1. Finalists will be announced on August 2 and displayed in a public exhibition in Canberra from September 18.

All finalists’ works will be available for sale giving the artists a strong commercial opportunity.

Further details are available at


Tuesday 30 March, 2021
Thursday 1 July, 2021
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