Art Prizes for May

Up the Wall Mural Project, Paddington Art Prize 2018, Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award, 2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize, The Australia Council for the Arts grants program, Eden Unearthed, Future Generation Art Prize, 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Northern Beaches Art Prize.

Cultural Development - Up the Wall Mural Project  - Woolahra Council                                                                                                                                 
Council is seeking to paint a sophisticated and site specific mural on one external wall of the amenities block in Robertson Bay, Watsons Bay. The wall is highly visible to park users and visitors and the mural will make a strong visual impact and contribution to Watsons Bay.                                   
The project involves artists developing and submitting their design, with the selected design to be painted by the artist as a large mural on the nominated wall in Roberston Park, Watsons Bay. The artwork needs to consider the unique locality of the area and should address themes including but not limited to the local flora and fauna, vicinity to remnant bushland, cultural heritage and the harbour location.                                                                                                                   

The artist selected will be paid $2,500 for their participation in this project.
Submissions close on 29 May at 5pm.
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The Paddington Art Prize 2018

A $30,000 National acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape, now in its 15th year. In addition, UNSW Art & Design will offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print and a $3,000 prize will be presented to the Honourable Mention recipient. A $1,000 gift certificate from the Sydney Art Store will be presented to the Highly Commended recipient. We are continuing the People’s Choice Award with a $1,000 gift certificate sponsored by Charvin Oils. We are proud to announce an inaugural prize from Defiance Gallery who will offer 2 unrepresented artists, who have been selected as 2018 finalists, the opportunity to have a solo show with Defiance Gallery at Mary Place in 2019.

Entries close: 17 August, 5pm
Exhibition: 15-22 September 
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Hornsby Art Prize 

Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award
Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.
The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.
There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner's exhibition in the following year. 
Prizes include: $15,000 awarded to the winner (acquisitive), $2,500 awarded to an early career artist, $2,500 awarded to a local artist from Hornsby and Kuring-gai area, The winners share a three-week group exhibition at the GCS Gallery in 2019

Key dates: Online entry opens  4 April 2018; Entries close 31 August 2018 midnight; Exhibition 3 to 24 November 2018
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2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.
There are three categories for the Art Prize: 1. Major Award for a travelling scholarship — $50,000; 2. A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics — $5,000; 3. A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for works on paper — $5,000

Applications close: 3 October 2018
Exhibition: 14-18 November 2018
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The Australia Council for the Arts grants program

The Australia Council for the Arts grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity. Applications are open for 2018 in the following categories: Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups: $5,000 - $25,000; Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups: $10,000 - $50,000; Artists with Disability Funding; Arts Projects – Organisations :  $10,000 - $100,000; Fellowship:  $80,000
The program supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. Area of practice based peer assessment of artistic merit and excellence, is central to grant decision making.

Applications close 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018 and 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019
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Eden Unearthed – Call for installation artists

‘Eden Unearthed’ is the largest privately funded exhibition of its kind in Australia, with works selected by judges Graham Forsyth, Trevor Weekes and Allan Giddy. Artists can apply to receive a stipend of up to $10,000 to help support their endeavours. Installations are displayed in a fabulous outdoor display garden, and there is scope for floating, suspended, sculptural and sound installations. In 2017 ‘Eden Unearthed’ included works by Prague-based plastic artist Veronika Richterová, American textile artist Emma Mattson, South African landscape designer Leon Kluge as well as Australian artists Kerrie Argent, Ainslie Murray, Jonathon Bolitho, Natalie Ryan, Sally Kidall, Jane Gillings, Atanas Djonov and many more. In fact, 50 installations appeared throughout Eden Gardens. The 2018 iteration is on from September 2018 to March 2019 at Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, Sydney. 

Applications close end May 2018
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 Future Generation Art Prize

The $100,000 biannual ‘Future Generation Art Prize’ is calling for entries from artists around the globe with the aim of discovering, recognising and offering long-term support to a future generation of artists. All artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world, working in any medium are invited to enter. Twenty artists will be shortlisted and commissioned to create new works for display at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv and subsequently, all will present their works in the ‘Future Generation Art Prize’ exhibition at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Applications close Tuesday 29 June
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2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)

Grafton Regional Gallery is calling for entries for JADA, Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000. This award is open to all artists living in Australia for both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.

Entries close 5pm, Friday 10 August 2018
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Northern Beaches Art Prize 

The annual Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955. Since then, it has become the Northern Beaches’ most prestigious art competition. 
The 2018 Northern Beaches Art Prize exhibitions will be held at the Creative Space, in North Curl Curl.
This year’s competition offers total prizes worth $27,000 over four categories: 1. General - open to artists 19 years and over; 2. Small Sculpture - open to artists 19 years and over; 3. Waste-to-Art - open to artists aged 10 years and over; 4. Youth - open to artists between the ages of 10-18 years.

Entries opened on Tuesday 1 May and will close Sunday 24 June.  Please note - separate submission per entry
There’s an entry fee of $35 for the first submission and $25 for every additional entry (up to a maximum of 3 entries). If you’re an eligible senior or student concession holder, the entry fee is $15 per submission.

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