Art Prizes for February

Waverley Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sculptures @ Bayside, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Chelsea International Fine Art Prize, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, Mosman Art Youth Art Prize, The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

Waverley Art Prize 2018 
With an annual prize pool worth $12,000, the 2018 Waverley Art Prize is open to painting, drawing print & mixed media. Entries open on Monday 19 February 2018 and close on Friday 18 May 2018. This year’s Judges are Adam Simms, Curatorial Director, Liverpool St Gallery & Marisa Purcell, Artist.                                                     
PRIZES: Waverley Art Prize: $6,000 acquisitive; The Mayors Prize: $2,000 acquisitive; People’s Choice Prize: $1000 non-acquisitive; Oil Painting Prize $1000 worth of oil paints sponsored by Art Spectrum, non-acquisitive; Acrylic Painting prize $500 worth of acrylic paints sponsored by Matisse Derivan, non-acquisitive; Mixed Media Prize $500 worth of acrylic paints sponsored by Matisse Derivan, non-acquisitive; Drawing Prize $500 sponsored by Waverley-Woollahra Art School, non-acquisitive Printmaking Prize $500 sponsored by Waverley-Woollahra Art School, non-acquisitive                                            
CLOSING DATE: 5pm on Friday 18 May 2018                                                              

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. There are two prize categories, including a $35, 000 prize — the richest professional art prize for women in Australia. The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is conducted by The Ravenswood Foundation that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure. There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must align with the annual theme. The 2017 theme is ‘FLOURISH’. The winner of the Professional Artist Prize will receive $35,000, making it Australia’s richest professional art prize for women --Open to female Australian citizens and permanent residents over 18 years.PRIZES: Professional Artist Prize - $35,000 (acquisitive prize) + an opportunity to hold a one week exhibition at Ravenswood School in conjunction with the recipient of the Emerging Artist Prize; Emerging Artist Prize - $5,000 (acquisitive prize) + an opportunity to hold a one week exhibition at Ravenswood School in conjunction with the recipient of the Professional Artist Prize. VENUE: Ravenswood School for Girls, Henry Street, Gordon, NSW EXHIBITION: 16 June 2018 - 24 June 2018

National Works on Paper Prize 
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. 
PRIZES: Up to $50,000 Acquisitions and awards 
CLOSING DATE: 6th April 2018 

Sculptures @ Bayside 2018
Bayside Council invites submissions from local, national and international artists to take part in the 7th annual Sculpture Exhibition for temporary public artworks. Successful artworks will be displayed during the Bayside Arts Festival along the Cook Park, Kyeemagh Foreshore from Sunday 15 April to Sunday 29 April 2018.
PRIZE: This year an acquisitive prize of up to $50,000 will be introduced and will be awarded by the judges to the most outstanding eligible sculpture submitted.
CLOSING DATE: 18th March 2018

2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The biennial prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.
PRIZE: Two main award categories are available, these being an Open Prize with a $30,000 prize and an Emerging Artist Prize with a $10,000 prize. A further $5,000 is available through the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize and $5,000 through the Scientists’ Choice Award.
CLOSING DATE: Friday 16th March 2018 

Chelsea International Fine Art Prize
Artists from across the globe are invited to enter the 33rd Annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. With a fierce dedication to promoting the arts and discovering and exposing new talent, the CIFAC continues its tradition of honoring selected artists and awarding prizes aimed at giving artists invaluable exposure to promote career growth and boost recognition. “The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a wonderful way to keep your artwork in front of important museum curators and art experts.
PRIZE: USD $70,000
CLOSING DATE: 12th March 2018

Stanthorpe Art Prize
The biennial Stanthorpe Art Prize will be held once again in 2018. With $40 000 in prizes, including a top prize of $25 000, it is one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. The Gallery itself is home to a collection of over 900 works and features travelling exhibitions as well as local and national artists/
PRIZE: Total prize money of $40,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018; $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2018 Award – First Prize, $5000 Significant 2D Award, $5000 Significant 3D Award, $2000 Emerging Artist Award, $1000 Volunteers Choice Award, $1000 Local Artist Award, $500 Youth Award, $500 Public Choice Award.
CLOSING DATE: 5th March 2018

Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Australian Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM.
PRIZE: Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July. The exhibition will be presented at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018.
CLOSING DATE: Monday 5 March 2018

Mosman Art Youth Art Prize
An annual competition which has been running since 1988 and is open to all young people aged 12-20 years. Cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded for a wide variety of art media such as painting, photography, drawing, pottery, printing, etching, textiles and computer art. The competition is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing a showcase for the community to view their works.The competition is open to all young artists from 12 to 21 years of age (excluding primary school children). There are three sections: (A) Junior 12 to 14 years (B) Senior 15 to 17 years (C) Tertiary 18 to 21 years. Submitted artworks can be in a range of media including; drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture/installation, textile, video.
PRIZE: $8,000 in cash prizes and $6,000 in art scholarships, materials and prizes.
CLOSING DATE: 5 March 2018

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize promotes contemporary photography and excellence in photo-based work, including all types of analogue and digital photography. Images can be either colour or black and white. Entrants to the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize are asked to interpret Contemporary Life in Australia with an emphasis on images of Australians going about their day-to-day lives within their environment. Images that reveal a deep connection between the photographer and their subject(s) will be well received by the judges.
PRIZES: $80,000 - First prize in the Open Section is $50,000 (acquisitive); All 30 finalists receive $1,000 each; $20,000 (total) for the category winners in the Schools Section.    VENUE: Juniper Hall, 256 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney
CLOSING DATE: 7th March 2018