Awards –

Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close Tuesday August 31, 2021
The Aesthetica Art Prize is calling for entries from creatives practising at any level, including student and graduate artists. Works of any genre and theme are invited. Submissions that reflect on our everchanging world are encouraged. Head to the Prize Entry page on the Aesthetica website for more information about the prize pool, fees and registration:

Albert Park College Art Show
Entries close 5pm, Monday August 9, 2021
The 11th annual Albert Park College Art Show invites entries of two and three dimensional artworks from professional, emerging and student artists. The exhibition will be held at Studio 120, 120 Bay Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, from September 10 to 12. Visit the website for more information and to enter;

Burwood Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, Friday October 1, 2021
The Burwood Art Prize is NOW open for entries! This year’s Burwood Art Prize is accepting paintings and digital-still medium. Total Prize pool is $13,500 and includes Burwood Art Prize $10,000 (acquisitive), New and Emerging Artist $2,500 (acquisitive) and People’s Choice $1,000 (non-acquisitive). Entry is free. Refer to Council’s website for further details;

Ellen José Art Award
Entries close Friday August 27, 2021
Female artists aged 18-35 working in any medium are invited to enter the $15,000 non-acquisitive award. Ellen José (1951-2017) was a pioneer in Australia’s urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner. The award is geared towards supporting young female artists in the early stages of their career. Six shortlisted artists will be invited to present a body of work at Bayside Gallery VIC 3186 in mid-2022. The judges of this year’s award are Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and Professor Marcia Langton AM, Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne. For more information and to enter, visit Bayside Gallery’s website:

Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award
Submissions close Sunday August 29, 2021
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076.
(02) 9473-7878.
Artists are invited to submit work in any two-dimensional media in response to the theme ‘Making Connections’. Prizes include the $15,000 acquisitive award, with $2,500 awarded to a Local Artist, and an Early Career Artist. Finalists exhibition November 6 to December 4. Winners will exhibit together in the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery in 2022. Visit the website for details and entry form.

Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021
Entries close 5pm, Wednesday September 8, 2021
Artists are invited to enter the non-acquisitive Hawkesbury Art Prize. First Prize is $10,000 plus a two-week Hawkesbury Art Residency. There are two $1,000 highly commended prizes and an additional art residency will also be awarded. Visit the website for details and entry form.

Lane Cove Art Award 2021
Entries close Monday August 16, 2021
Lane Cove Art Society invites artists to exhibit in the 57th annual Lane Cove Art Award.
Sponsored by Lane Cove Council and on display at Gallery Lane Cove, 164 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066, from August 27 to September 11.

Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary – 44th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale
Entries close Friday October 15, 2021
Entries are open for the ’44th Annual Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition’ on from October 29 to November 1. The prize pool of $5,050 includes the Rotary Prize for the overall winning artwork, The Harry & Clare Friday Foundation Award for best local artist, the People’s Choice and various others, such as the Packing Room Prize and Highly Commended. Entry forms are available from the Art Show Secretary Susan Swan, 130 Killarney Lane, Boorolite, VIC 3723; (03) 5777-5605 / 0411-316-150,

Montalto Sculpture Prize 2021
Entries close Tuesday August 31, 2021
(03) 5989-8412.
Entries are open for the $40,000 acquisitive Montalto Sculpture Prize 2021. The exhibition will be on view at Montalto, 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, VIC 3937, from November 20, 2021 to May 1, 2022. Visit the website for more information and to download an entry form.

Mosman Art Prize 2021
Receipt of entries, 8am-7pm, Monday August 30, 2021
The annual acquisitive Mosman Art Prize is calling for submissions. First prize $50,000. The finalists exhibition will be held at Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW 2088, from September 15 to October 31. Visit website for details and online entry;

The Neerim District Community Bank Art Prize
Entries close Tuesday August 31, 2021
Submissions are invited for the Neerim Bower Acquisition for sculptural works reflecting the theme ‘Birds in Colour’. The exhibition will be held in the township of Neerim South VIC 3831, from November 13 to 28.

9×5 Landscape Prize
Entries open Monday August 9 and close Monday October 4, 2021
(02) 9387-2461.×5-landscape-prize-2021
Now in its sixth year, the Waverley Woollahra Art School’s 9×5 Landscape Prize explores the tradition of Australia’s Impressionists. First Prize $1,500, Second Prize $750 plus the Highly Commended Prize receives $200 in art materials. Works are entered on 9×5 plywood boards, which are included with entry fee.

Paddington Art Prize
Entries close 3pm, Monday September 13, 2021
The Paddington Art prize is a $30,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape, to be awarded by Marlene Antico OAM. In addition two unrepresented artists are eligible for the Defiance Gallery Award and Residency. The announcement of the finalists is on Monday September 27 and the winners on Thursday October 14. The exhibition of national finalists will be presented at Defiance Gallery, Mary Place in Paddington NSW 2021 from October 15 to 24. Enter online.

Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entries close midnight, Tuesday August 31, 2021
Entries are open for the Portia Geach Memorial Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes showcasing portraiture by women artists at S.H. Ervin Gallery located on Sydney’s Observatory Hill. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee, for a work deemed to exhibit 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 resident who was born in Australia or was British born or has become a naturalised Australian and whose place of domicile is Australia.’ Finalist works will be on display from October 14 to November 28. Full terms and conditions are available on the gallery website.

WAMA Art Prize, Works On Paper 2021
Entries close Wednesday August 18, 2021
The inaugural WAMA Art Prize, Works On Paper invites a multidisciplinary range of nature inspired Australian artists, to celebrate their connectivity with nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving our precious and unique Australian environment. Total prize pool of $25,000. The exhibition launches online September 18.

The Whitewall Art Projects Prize – Into the Light 2021
Entries close Wednesday September 1, 2021
A $5,000 non-acquisitive prize for Australian resident artists to respond to the aspirational theme ‘Into the Light’ in support of Mental Health Awareness. The top 30 finalists will exhibit from 8 to 25 October at Whitewall Art Projects Gallery – Berrima, Southern Highlands NSW 2577. Apply online