Awards –

9×5 Landscape Prize
Entries close Thurs Oct 1
(02) 9387-2461.
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Waverley Woollahra Art School invites all artists to submit 9×5 works on plywood board. First prize $1,000, second prize $500. Visit the website for details and entry.

A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2020
Entries close Fri Oct 2
Applications are open for the biennial national art prize, awarded to emerging Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional artistic styles. Three cash prizes are awarded ranging from $50,000 to $5,000. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be exhibited at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne from Nov 28 to Dec 13 2020. For more information, visit the website.

Biennial Australian Monoprint Prize
Entries close 4pm, Thurs Dec 3
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Entries are now open! Major Prize $3,000 and 2nd Prize $500. Visit the website for more information.

The 66th Blake Prize
Entries close Mon Oct 12
The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize. Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary artwork that addresses the religious or spiritual: The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000; The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000; The Blake Established Artist Residency – consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief.

Burwood Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Wed Sept 30
Entries are now open for the 2020 Burwood Art Prize! A total pool of $8,500 is on offer for artists, including $5,000 for Artwork of the Year, $2,500 for New and Emerging Artist and $1,000 for People’s Choice! The Burwood Art Prize is aimed at highlighting the strong arts and culture in our area, through the medium of painting entrants are invited to showcase their artistic talents.  The competition is open to people aged 16 and over and either living, working, studying or have another demonstrated connection to Burwood, Ashfield, Canada Bay or Strathfield Local Government Areas (LGAs). The 2020 Burwood Art Prize and all associated activities during the COVID-19 pandemic will be conducted within the NSW Heath guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of all entrants and the community. To enter and for further information please head to Burwood Council website.

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Entries close Mon Sept 21
The biennial Evelyn Chapman Art Award is calling for entries from young Australian painters under the age of 45, for the $50,000 scholarship. The scholarship award is to provide support to further the recipient’s theory and practical art education. For further details and to apply, visit the website.

HIDDEN: Rookwood Sculptures 2020
Entries are invited from individual emerging, mid-career and established artists and groups for HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2020 for new or existing works that relate to the exhibition’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Free entry. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
UPDATE: HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2020 has been cancelled. A call for 2021 entries is aimed towards the end of the year.

Kangaroo Valley Art Prize Exhibition
Entries close Fri Aug 28
Entries are now open for the $6,000 Kangaroo Valley Art Prize (open, national) and the $5,000 Tony White Memorial Art Prize (for a young emerging artist).  Total prize money $17,000. Emerging and established Australian artists are invited to apply with original visual artworks, in any style and any medium – painting, printmaking, digital, photographic and video art, textile and fabric art, multi-media and new media.

National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2020
Entries close Fri Oct 16
167 Banna Avenue, Griffith 2680.
(02) 6962-8338.
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One of Australia’s most prestigious jewellery awards is calling for entries.

OptiKA Photographic Award
Entries close Mon Oct 5
Entries are now open for the annual OptiKA: Kingston Photographic Award. OptiKA 2020 invites photographers and video makers to capture images of Kingston that respond to the creative theme of ‘Connection’.  Now in its 12th year, OptiKA is one of Kingston Arts most popular programs, enhanced by the accessibility of the medium – now that most people have a mobile phone, they also have a camera! Images must be taken within a Kingston City Council location. Up to $6,000 in cash prizes on offer, $25 entry fee. For more information visit the website.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close Sun Sept 27
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A $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Five non-acquisitive prizes are also on offer including the Nock Foundation artist residency and exhibition at Defiance Gallery at Mary Place. Visit the website for more information.