Upcoming art prizes you need to know about

With hundreds of art prizes and awards in Australia, knowing the ones to choose isn't easy when it comes to positioning your artwork.
Upcoming art prizes you need to know about

Here are some of Australia's most lucrative arts prizes:

Georges River Art Prize 

Closes: 30 August 

Multiple prizes are on offer with over $20,000 in prize money for paintings and sculptures produced nationwide. Hosted by Hurstville Museum & Gallery. 

Paddington Art Prize

Closes: 15 September

A National acquisitive landscape prize with $30,000 awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. There are 6 acquisitive prizes on offer including the Defiance Gallery Award, which includes an exhibition in Sydney and a residency in New Zealand.

Hornsby Art Prize

Closes: 3 August

Open to artists across Australia, The Hornsby Art Prize is a non-acquisitive art award with a total prize pool of $23,000. The major prize is valued at $10,000. Categories include; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D works and Digital Art - Stills. 

Mosman Art Prize

Closes: 26 August

Back again in 2019, this acquisitive painting prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious municipal art prize. With over $50,000 in prizes on offer the winning artworks will form part of the Mosman Art Collection, featuring modern and contemporary art.

Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize

Closes: 11 August 

The non-acquisitive national drawing prize presented by Noosa Regional Gallery, celebrates the art of drawing in Australia. Now in its fourth year, the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize is open to entries from emerging and established contemporary artists across Australia.

Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize

Closes: 12 September 

Montsalvat is proud to announce the forthcoming Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019 sponsored by prominent Australian artist, Rick Amor. $20,000 prize non-acquisitive. Online entry forms and full terms and conditions available online through Montsalvat.

2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize

Closes: 30 August

With the theme of 'The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea' this art prize is open to 2D Artworks including painting, collage and drawing. With $27,000 in prizes including Best in Maritime, Best in Traditional, Runner Up, Emerging Artist and People's Choice.

Kennedy Prize 2019

Closes: 16 July

Applications are closing soon for this $25,000 acquisitive art prize. The prize is awarded to paintings using the mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed that embody, comment or celebrate the theme of beauty. Beauty is everywhere, capture it & enter now!


The Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2019

Closes: 4 September 

This annual art prize invites artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. With a total of $38,000 in prize money to be won. The open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000.

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award 

Closes: 10 November

The biennial award is a national prize for 18-30 year old emerging artists in the medium of painting, drawing and printmaking. The total prize pool is $7,500 with the main award being an acquisitive prize of $5,000 and a solo exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove.

Tom Malone Prize 2019

Closes: 1 November 

AGWA’s Tom Malone Prize is a respected national annual prize for glass works. Each year, this acquisitive prize showcases key trends in glass art across Australia.  Entries for the 2020 Tom Malone Prize are now open.

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award 

Closes: 27 September

Australia’s only national Still Life Painting Award, EMSLA is celebrating its thirteenth consecutive year with a non-acquisitive First Prize of $20,000. Entries are invited from Australian painters over the age of eighteen.

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Wednesday 10 July, 2019

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