Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

The 68th Blake Prize

Casula Powerhouse is proud to present the 68th Blake Prize, celebrating contemporary artworks that speak to religion, spirituality and/or belief.

Art Prize

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Dec 18, 2023


New South Wales


Visual Arts

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The Blake Prize is run and operated by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC). It challenges artists to create significant works of art exploring diverse expressions of spiritual and religious imaginations through contemporary art. The Blake Prize welcomes entries from all artforms, and from artists residing locally and internationally.

Since 1951, the Blake Prize has engaged artists, nationally and internationally, with ideas of spirituality and religion. The prize takes its name from William Blake, the world-famous 18th Century artist and poet who threaded the religious and artistic throughout his practice.

Building on this history, the 68th Blake Prize continues to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art, which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality, religion and/or belief.

CPAC is guided by the history of the Blake Prize in offering a challenge to artists and poets to explore culturally diverse expressions of the spiritual and religious imagination through the contemporary arts.

CPAC has proudly presented the Blake Prize as a biennial event since 2016, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. CPAC is ideally positioned in Liverpool, a community of people from over 150 different birthplaces, speaking over 140 languages, and with an equally diverse range of faith backgrounds. We are committed to supporting emerging and established artists to create work that reflect Australian communities.

Entries for the 68th Blake Prize will close at 9:00 AM on 18 December 2023. The finalists will be exhibited in May 2024 at CPAC. A three-person external judging panel will select the finalists and the winner of The Blake Prize ($35,000 non-acquisitive), The Blake Emerging Artist Prize ($6,000 acquisitive) and The Blake Established Artist Residency and Exhibition.

Entries for The Blake Poetry Prize close at 9:00 AM on 18 December 2023. The Blake Poetry Prize ($5,000) challenges Australian poets to explore spirituality, religion, and/or belief in a new work of 100 lines or less. For more information about the Blake Poetry Prize please CLICK HERE



Entry form opens: 1 August 2023, 9am

Entry form closes: 18 December 2023, 9am

CPAC SUMMER CLOSURE (you will not be able to contact CPAC or any of its staff during this time): 23 December 2023 – 3rd  January 2024

Finalist announcement: Friday 8 March 2024

Artwork delivery: 2 – 12 April 2024

Launch: Saturday 18 May 2024, 2pm

Exhibition dates: 11 May – 7 July 2024

Collection of artworks: TBA



The Blake Prize | $35,000 | Non-Acquisitive

Established in 1951, The Blake Prize is an open art prize that challenges artists to engage in conversations relating to religion and spirituality. It is open to all faiths, artistic styles, and media.

Non-acquisitive means that the artwork does NOT enter the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s permanent collection (CPAC’s Collection).


The Blake Emerging Artist Prize | $6,000 | Acquisitive

The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $6,000 with the winning artist’s entry becoming part of the CPAC’s Collection. This prize is open to artists who are within the first 5 years of their practice.

Acquisitive means that the artwork automatically enters into the CPAC’s Collection.


The Blake Established Artist Residency and Exhibition

The Blake Established Artist Residency is open to artists who have been practicing for more than 5 years. The prize includes a one-week studio residency followed by a solo exhibition in the 2025/26 exhibition program. The recipient will recieve a fee of $1,500 to complete the residency and an artist fee of $5,000 for the solo exhibition. The recipient will recieve curatorial guidance through the research and development and delivery of the solo exhibition.


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