Art Prizes for August

John Copes Watercolour Prize, The Portia Geach, The Gosford Art Prize, Georges River Art Prize


Tim & Patricia Copes have been sponsoring the John Copes Prize since 1997 in honour of Tim’s father John Copes, who was a watercolourist.
The John Copes Watercolour Prize was established in 2009 as a biennial after previously being a portrait prize. This prestigious event is one of the highlights of the Bowral and District Art Society calendar, and attracts a very high standard of artwork from around Australia.
The exhibition opening and prize announcement will take place at 6:30pm on Friday 22 September.
The exhibition will continue from 22 September to 2 October, 2017 from 10am - 4pm daily.
Phone. (02) 4861 4093

The  Portia Geach

The  Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.
The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’
Application entries are accepted online only.
Entries to the 2017 Portia Geach Memorial Award are now open and close at 5pm on 8th September 2017.
Finalists are eligible for the $1,000 People’s Choice Award given in memory of Harry & Winifred Macorison by Dr Heather Macorison & Hilary Macorison.
All applications are judged via online visual submissions.

The Gosford Art Prize

The Gosford Art Prize is a hotly contested event with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $24,000 in total prizes. The exhibition offers the artist an opportunity to let their work stand on its own, to be judged and appreciated on a level playing field, with each work vying for the viewer’s attention.
The recent addition of the Gosford Ceramics Prize supports and recognises the growing resurgence in contemporary ceramics throughout Australia.
Entries close 11 September 2017.


The 2017 Georges River Art Prize is now open! Enter now via our online form. Please refer to the Georges River Art Prize Terms and Conditions whilst completing your entry.
We are excited to announce that a new Georges River Art Prize is launching in 2017. The art prize has been developed on the success and foundations of the Kogarah Art Prize and St George Art Awards. This biennial prize is hosted by Hurstville Museum & Gallery and Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre.
Entries open      3 July 2017
Entries close       15 September 2017
Exhibition dates                4 November – 13 December 2017