Wednesday, 8 April 2009

SPLENDID Arts labs for young and emerging artists

*** Applications close: 4pm Monday 4 May 2009 ****

SPLENDID is a series of Arts Labs, forums and commissions for young and emerging artists at the frontier of contemporary ideas creation, cross-artform collaborations and social awareness. SPLENDID is open to young and emerging artists (under 30 years or in the first five years of their practice) who work in the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound, text, community arts and other creative pursuits.

The 2009 SPLENDID Arts Lab will take place over three weeks in July in Lismore, NSW and the Splendour in the Grass festival. The Lab will be facilitated by leading local and international artists and provocateurs, guided by a curatorium and supported by specialised production personnel. Cross-artform ideas and collective projects developed in the Lab will be designed to premiere at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass and other music festivals.

Further information:

58th Blake Prize: Exploring the religious and spiritual in art


Entry forms available from:

A non-acquisitive prize of $20,000 known as the Blake Prize and a non acquisitive prize of $5,000, known as the John Coburn Emerging Professional Artist Award, will be awarded, in the opinion of the judges, for the best contemporary religious or spiritual art work submitted. The Blake Prize for Human Justice is to acknowledge and promote the work of artists that have addressed issues of Human Justice.

The Blake Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The Society does not restrict entries to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but it does expect that any work entered will have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.

* Del Kathryn Barton, Artist
* Stephen Crittenden, Journalist, Broadcaster and Religious Commentator
* Andrew Frost, Art Critic and Writer

58th Blake Prize
Value: $20,000

John Coburn Emerging Artist Award
Value: $5,000

The Blake Prize for Human Justice
Value: $5,000

The 58th Blake Prize Finalist Exhibition will be held at the National Art School Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW

Exhibition Dates: 4 September – 3 October 2009
Official Opening: Thursday 3 September, 2009 6.00-8.00pm

The Blake Society Ltd
Ph: 02 8230 4228 Email:

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

R & M McGivern Prize

The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious acquisitive award that promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting. It is also an opportunity for Maroondah City Council (Victoria) to acquire the winning artwork and continue to build a quality art collection for the Maroondah community.

The R & M McGivern Prize is held every three years.

Entry forms can be found here.

Key Dates for the 2009 R & M McGivern Prize:

- Entries close Tuesday, 28 April 2009 at 5.00pm
- Shortlisting notification by Friday, 15 May 2009
- Exhibition of selected entries will be held from 4 June to 18 July 2009
- Announcement of winners will be on Thursday, 4 June 2009 at 7.00pm

Artists are invited to enter their original Oil, Acrylic or Watercolour work under the following prize categories:

Prize Money
R & M McGivern Prize (Acquisitive) $ 15,000
Second Prize $ 3,000
Outstanding Watercolour $ 1,000
Outstanding Oil/Acrylic $ 1,000

BRINK The Poimena Art Award 2009

BRINK The Poimena Art Award 2009

** Closing date for entries Friday 17 April 2009 **

The Poimena Art Award (Poimena Art Gallery Tasmania) is a prize for mixed media work.
Any artist working in Australia or overseas can enter.

ENTRY FORM: available here


For the 2009 award artists are asked to consider the notion of ‘brink’.

Some definitions of ‘brink’ are:
• a region marking a boundary
• the limit beyond which something happens or changes
• the edge of a steep place

Kristin Headlam - artist living and working in Melbourne
Neil Haddon - artist living and working in Hobart and winner of the
Poimena Art Award 2005

The prize will consist of $5000 plus $2000 towards travel to a destination of the
artist’s choice.

Closing date for entries Friday 17 April 2009
Notification of selected artists Friday 15 May 2009
Receipt of work Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 June 2009 between 9am and 4pm
Announcement of winner Friday 26 June 2009
Exhibition Friday 26 June to Thursday 23 July 2009
Work to be collected by Tuesday 28 July 2009 by 4pm
All other work will be dispatched
at the artist’s expense by Wednesday 29 July 2009

2009 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, valued at $60,000, is intended to enable an artist, at the outset of their career, to undertake further art studies overseas at a recognised art institution, or to undertake a study program with a senior artist, for one to two years. Artists living in NSW and working in any art form are eligible to apply. For the purposes of the award the outset of an artists' career is deemed to be within the first five years of their professional practice.

Applications close: Monday 4 May 2009

Further information and to download application forms/guidelines: