The Archibald Prize
The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.
Prize: Valued at $100,000.
Entries in the Archibald Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for: Packing Room Prize – value $1500 & ANZ People’s Choice – value $3500. Date of work: must be completed 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018.
Eligibility period: resident in Australia/New Zealand 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018. Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 9-13 April 2018
Finalists and Packing Room Prize winner announced: 3 May 2018 Archibald Prize winner announced: 11 May 2018
Archibald Prize 2018 exhibition: 12 May – 9 September 2018
More information: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/
The Wynne Prize 2018
The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries, including our own. The prize was established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, who died in 1895, and first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Gallery at its present site.
Date of work: must be completed 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018
Eligibility period: resident in Australia 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018
Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 9-13 April 2018
Finalists announced: 3 May 2018
Winners announced: 11 May 2018
Wynne Prize 2018 exhibition: 12 May – 9 September 2018
More information: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/wynne/
The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award
The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. The award and exhibition, which have been running for more than 40 years, boast a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The FAC Print Award presents the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.
First Prize $16,000 | Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection/ Second Prize $6,000
Entries close 5pm, Fri 18 May.
Each year the FAC Print Award winner is announced and the exhibition of all the finalists’ work opens in September. In 2018, the exhibition opens 6:30pm Thu 13 Sep and runs Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov.
More information: https://www.fac.org.au/for-artists/fremantle-arts-centre-print-award/
Sculpture in the Paddock
This annual sculpture event is held in the picturesque, rural setting of Shaw Vineyard Estate, Murrumbateman - in the heart of the Canberra Disctrict Wine region. Artist applications are now open.
Submissions close 4 May 2018
Prizes: $15,000 Sculpture in the Paddock Prize, $3,000 Encouragement Award, $2,000 People's Choice
Exhibition: 22 September - 7 October 2018
More information: http://www.sculptureinthepaddock.com.au
Darling Portrait Prize
The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize aspires to be the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture. ‘The Prize will recognise the significance and relevance of portraiture in Australia and will be an ongoing legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). 2018 marks twenty years since the Portrait Gallery was established, an achievement that would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication of our Founding Patrons Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Mrs Marilyn Darling AC.’ - Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Helen Nugent AO
To enter the Prize you must be at least 18 years old and an Australian citizen or resident. The subject of your portrait must be an Australian citizen or resident, or significant to Australian life.
The winner of the annual Darling Portrait Prize will receive a cash prize of $75,000.
Paintings must be completed on or after 1 September 2018.
Entries will open in May 2019 and close in July 2019.
Finalists will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 September to 17 November 2019.
More information: https://www.portrait.gov.au/content/darling-portrait-prize
NAVA (National Association for the Arts) offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners.
NAVA New South Wales Artists' Grant
The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.
This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:
Production of new creative work
Presentation of work in a venue
Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign
Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.
This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 21 April 2018. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2018 only.
More inforamtion: https://visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/
NAVA The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Each year 4 x $5,000 scholarships are awarded to emerging artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:
undertake formal study or undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or undertake informal study for a planned research project.
Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $5000 + GST.
Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 30th June 2018.
More information: https://visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/
Hadley’s Art Prize
Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry. Dating back to 1834, Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a rich and fascinating history interwoven with art, particularly landscape art.
The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists.
Judged by a panel of art specialists, the prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to enter.
In 2018 the Hadley’s Art Prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.
Entries close 18 May 2018
Finalists announced 2 June 2018
Exhibition & winner announced 20 July 2018
More information: https://www.hadleysartprize.com.au/
Sculpture by the Sea -Bondi
Bondi 2018 Artist Submissions are now open!
Call for submissions for the 22nd annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia from 18 October – 4 November, 2018
Online applications close at midnight 2 April, 2018.
Exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian and overseas artists; Open to emerging and experienced artists alike; Attracts 500,000 visitors each year
Awards & Prizes:
The acquisitive Aqualand Sculpture Award of $70,000
Three Helen Lempriere Scholarships of $30,000 each open to Australian artists
Four new and innovative works will receive $5,000 – $10,000 each towards their costs, with support from the Australia Council for the Arts
Three Clitheroe Foundation Mentorships of $10,000 for young emerging Australian artists
$10,000 for an Israeli artist to exhibit
The Wallace Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award for a New Zealand artist of NZ$7,000
The Dick Bett Memorial Invitation for a Tasmanian artist of $5,000
More information: http://sculpturebythesea.com/info/for-artists/
The Churchie National Emerging Art prize
Established in 1987 the churchie national emerging art prize is a highly regarded emerging art prize dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres. Artists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition in a professional public gallery space. The overall winner is rewarded a $15,000 cash prize donated by long time sponsors Brand+Slater Architects. The Sponsors, media and arts community are invited to preview ‘the churchie’ prior to an official opening reception where the winner is announced and works are available for sale to the public. The annual non-acquisitive prize is an initiative of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).
The aim of ‘the churchie’ is to enhance recognition of, and offer a unique award to emerging artists over the age of 18 years.
Entries open 23 April - 30 May 2018
7 September 2018 official opening + prize announcement
8 September to 4 November 2018exhibition dates
More information: http://www.churchieemergingart.com/churchie-national-emerging-art-prize
Royal Art Society of NSW Young Artist Prize 2018
The Royal Art Society of NSW (RAS) is an independent not for profit gallery (Lavender Bay Gallery) and art school in North Sydney which aims to promote and encourage appreciation in the visual arts. It has been established since 1880.
The Young Artist Prize is open to all artists 18 to 30 years of age resident in Australia. Entries must be original paintings or drawings completed by the exhibitor within the previous 12 months.
Entry fee is $30 per artwork
First Prize: $5000
Entries close: Friday 18 May
Exhibition opening and presentation of awards Friday 8 June 6pm to 8pm
More information: http://www.royalart.com.au/
2018 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.
Entries Open: 2nd April 2018
Entries Close: 15th June 2018
Finalist Notification: 22nd June
Exhibition Opening: Friday 3rd August
Exhibition Dates: 3rd August 2018 – 23rd September
More information: https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/explore/regional-art-gallery/pro-hart-outback-art-prize
2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts strong support from artists, collectors and critics and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.
Over 500 entries from Australian and international artists are received annually and approximately 45 finalists' works are exhibited at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney, Australia.
Prizes totalling AUD $24,000 include:
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – an acquisitive award of $20,000 (Woollahra Council will keep the winning work)
The Special Commendation – a non-acquisitive award of $2,000
The Mayor's Award – a non-acquisitive award of $1,000
The Viewers' Choice – a non-acquisitive award of $1,000
Entries open: 1 April 2018
Entries close: 6 July 2018
Finalists notified by early August 2018
Exhibition of finalists launching on 19 October 2018
Exhibition continues to 11 November 2018
More information: https://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/about
The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing
The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing seeks to encourage excellence in drawing as an important foundation for any arts practice.
25 Finalists will be chosen by a specially-selected judging panel and their works exhibited at Jugglers Art Space during August 2018.
Major Prize Winner is awarded $4000 in acquisitive prizes
Honourable Mention is awarded to the value of $500
People’s Choice Award is awarded to the value of $500
Entries open March 5th and close June 11th, 2018.
More information: http://www.jugglers.org.au/marie-ellis
Paul Guest Prize
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biennially, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.
‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential.’ The Honourable Paul M Guest, QC
Previous winners include Tom Nicholson; Heather B Swann; Peter Grziwotz and Belinda Fox. In 2018 we are pleased to welcome back Judge Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.
An exhibition will feature the artworks of all finalists at Bendigo Art Gallery from 30 June - 9 September 2018.
Entries close 4pm Monday 16 April 2018.
More information: http://www.bendigoartgallery.com.au/prizes_scholarships/paul_guest_prize