Maximise your chances of winning a visual art prize

How do you get your entry to stand out from the crowd? Jane O’Sullivan surveys the prizes to see how you could increase your chances.

Last year the Archibald Prize received over 1000 entries, the Blake Prize over 1200 and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, which is only for early career artists, got over 350. That kind of competition can be intimidating but, at a time when there are few traditional career paths in the art world, art prizes can also be useful CV-builders.

Prizes are about much more than the critical recognition of winning. They are also one of the ways artists can show curators, galleries and collectors that they are currently working and pursuing opportunities. (And if you’re going to ask people to support you or your work, you need to show you’re serious about your practice.)

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Jane O'Sullivan
About the Author
Jane O’Sullivan is an independent art writer based in Sydney. Her work has appeared in Vault, Art Guide, Ocula, Flash Art, Running Dog and the Australian Financial Review. She is also a former editor of Art Collector and Art Edit magazines.