Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Art Prizes for January 2016

Emma Hack Art Prize, The Mandorla Art Award, Glover Prize, John Fries Award, The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Head On Portrait Art Prizes


The Emma Hack Art Prize is a $5000 acquisitive art prize for all South Australian based artists from any discipline, with a yearly theme. 2016 is the third year of the Emma Hack Art Prize.
The 2016 prize celebrates a range of media in contemporary art within this year’s theme of ‘Identity’.
Entries will open 9am Monday 19th October for the Emma Hack Art Prize ($5,000, acquisitive) and the People’s Choice Prize ($2,000).
Categories: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, mixed medium, multimedia works
Entries Close Friday 22nd January, 2016.
Entry is via online application only.
Late applications will not be accepted.
View the full criteria here
Important dates
Selected finalists to be notified via email on 25th January, 2016
Selected works to be delivered to the venue on Monday 8th February 2016 – artists are required to arrange delivery to The Festival Centre Foyer between 9am-12pm.
Collection of unsold works Tuesday, 15th March 2015 between 6-8pm, for return to the artist
Exhibition dates 9th February – 14th March 2016 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Announcement of Prize Major Winner and Peoples Choice Saturday 12th March, at closing event – artists and friends only.
The Emma Hack Art Prize is a registered event of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, 2016

The Mandorla Art Award

Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize

The Mandorla Art Award employs a thematic spiritual inspiration that changes with each exhibition. These inspirations are defined by quotations from the Bible and all participating artists are requested to interpret these in their own way. In 2016, artists will interpret the theme ‘The Resurrection’ in figurative and abstract form and through various media.

This national award is open to artists working in all media and artists are invited to submit an application to be considered for this award. A selection panel will choose the finalists for the exhibition and an independent judging panel will award the prizes.

The award features a $25,000 Main Prize, two $5,000 Highly Commended Prizes and a $2,000 People’s Choice Award.

The Mandorla Art Award 2016 finalists will be showcased in an exhibition held at Linton and Kay Gallery, Perth from 15-24 July 2016. Artworks will be available for purchase.


Glover prize

The Glover Prize has become one of Australia's most significant awards for landscape painting. It is awarded annually for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. The winner receives $40,000 and a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, whose legacy is celebrated though the Prize.

Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasmania. The Glover is open to artists from anywhere in the world. The exhibition is held over the March long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania.

The winner of the Glover is selected from around 40 works chosen by a panel of eminent judges.


Maudie Palmer AO, Independent curator and Professorial Fellow, Monash University
Fiona Hall AO, Artist and Australian representative at Venice Biennale 2015       
Sean Kelly, Arts Officer, Moonah Arts Centre

John Fries Award

The Call for Entries for the John Fries Award 2016 are now open.

The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists across Australia and New Zealand.
The prize was established by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.
“The prize has gone from strength to strength each year with many previous winners and finalists continuing to achieve other significant milestones in their careers. The Exhibition offers a glimpse of what’s occurring at the dynamic ‘emerging’ edge of the contemporary art scene, and heightens our expectations of the future.”

Kath Fries, Viscopy director, John Fries Award judge and daughter of the late John Fries
Guest Curator Sydney curator, artist, writer and lecturer Oliver Watts will continue as the John Fries Award’s Guest Curator for 2016.

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP will be judged by industry professionals who will award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2016 the major prize of $15,000 will be awarded to a painting, in subsequent years the prize may be for works on paper, small sculpture or new media. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The 2016 judging panel consists of Guy Abrahams, CEO & Co-founder, CLIMARTE, Kirsty Grant, Director & CEO, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Julie Skate, Gallery Supervisor, The Gallery @ Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre.

Winners will be announced by the Mayor at an official award ceremony and exhibition opening of the finalists work held on Thursday 12 May 2016 between 6pm – 8pm at The Gallery @ BACC, corner of Wilson and Carpenter Streets Brighton, Victoria. The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalists’ exhibition will be open to the public between 11am – 5pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 7 May – Sunday 26 June 2016.


Head On Portrait Art Prizes

The prizes are open internationally in all categories (except Students) and entrants can enter up to 5 works into each category. Submitted works do NOT have to have been taken in the past 12 months. Copyright in the images remains the property of the photographer.

3 winners per category will be awarded prizes. Total prize pool TBA

More information on all prize categories:

Monday, 11 January 2016

And we are open for 2016!

This week the Library is welcoming over 250 Summer School short course students! They are doing one week courses in painting, drawing, ceramics, welding, sculpture, photography and printmaking.

The Library will be open 9.30am - 4pm Monday - Friday this week  (11-15 January). 

For the rest of the Summer break the Library will be open 

Monday  18 January – Friday 26 Feb 2016                                            10am – 4 pm 

Normal semester hours resume on Monday 29 February.