Competitions coming up!

A few art prizes coming up for artists!



29 Sept – 10 Nov 2012

Entered by hundreds of artists, the Blacktown City Art Prize has grown in popularity and reputation to become Western Sydney’s premier art prize.

Now in its seventeenth year, it features outstanding works by local artists, from across NSW and environmentally themed works by children and young artists. Painting, watercolour, works on paper and sculpture sections are judged by industry professionals with total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $24,000 awarded.

Get involved and cast a vote in the People’s Choice Prize or purchase a work for your personal art collection. All works for sale.

Open Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm


Sun 14 Oct and Mon 15 Oct 2012

Blacktown City Council will present an exhibition of unselected works from the Blacktown City Art Prize. With entries to the Prize increasing annually, the Salon Des Refusés offers a glimpse to the diversity of works entered. The exhibition will be on display at the Max Webber Function Centre at the Max Webber Library.


11am Saturday 10 November

Join the 2012 award-winning artists as they discuss this year’s art prize.


Entries can be submitted online by clicking here or to receive an entry form call 9839 6558 or click the following link to download a copy.

 2012 Blacktown City Art Prize Entry Form.pdf

Entries (including entry fees) close 4:40pm Tues 28 August 2012.

Children and Young Artist Entry Form

Children and Young Artists are invited to submit entries for selection and judging, with certificates, age group prizes and People’s Choice prizes on offer.

 2012 Childrens Entry Form.pdf


In the printed edition of the Centre’s July – December 2012 Program the dates for the Salon des Refusés are listed incorrectly. Please note that the correct dates for the exhibition are Saturday 29 September until Saturday 13 October.



All entries

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The Brief

It’s timeless wisdom. Two heads are better than one. No man is an island. The sum is greater than the parts. Divided we fall.We’ve all experienced the power of strength in numbers, and we know it when we see it. The more the merrier: this competition is all about showing objects in numbers. It might be in a magnificent swarm of starlings, an army of ants tackling a leaf, the stunning synchronicity of a dance troupe, or the orchestral swirl of a cluster of stars in the evening sky. You can hear it in the roar of a stadium and the hum of a beehive. Our daily lives are filled with inspiring demonstrations of synergy and each are ripe with visual potential. To get your work published on, plus the chance to rake in some enviable prizes, just follow these easy steps.

1) Create a photo, illustration or design and submit

Show us how you interpret the theme of Strength in Numbers. But first, the rules: – Your submission must be 100% original work.
– Don’t use any brand logos in your work
– Get inspired, create, and share fun and fascination.

2) Curate with your submission!

See your image displayed as a background on

3) What You Can Win

First Place: MacBook Air
Second Place: New iPad 16GB
Third Place: iPhone 4S 16GB
Popular Vote Prize: Diana Camera Deluxe KitPlease allow up to 48 hours for your entry to appear on the site.


The Aesthetica Art Prize

A Celebration of Excellence

The Aesthetica Art Prize is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, an internationally recognised art and culture publication. Aesthetica’s editorial combines dynamic content with compelling critical debate, attracting a high-profile, culturally aware audience. Distinguished by its beautiful design and stunning images, the magazine engages with the arts both in the UK, Europe and further a field.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and has developed from the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition. In its new incarnation, the prize offers an even greater opportunity for artists to showcase their work and further their involvement in the international art world.

Previous finalists include Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joins a legacy of artists featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns; Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations: Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s Prize and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is committed to innovation in the arts and we welcome entries from artists working in all mediums. Artists may submit their work into any one of the four categories:

  • Photographic & Digital Art
  • Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Video, Installation & Performance


There are two main categories that artists can enter; the main prize and the student prize.
For further information please click on the relevant link below

Main Prize

  • £1000 prize money
  • 6 months studio space (or cash equivalent of £750 towards studio space in your chosen location) 
courtesy of AWOL studios
  • £250 voucher for art supplies courtesy of Lawrence Art Supplies
  • A group exhibition in York, UK hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize accompanying publication

Enter Main Prize

Student Prize

  • £500 prize money
  • £100 voucher for art supplies courtesy of Lawrence Art Supplies
  • A group exhibition in York, UK hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize accompanying publication

Enter Student Prize

Four shortlisted artists and four shortlisted student artists (one from each category) will receive a group show in spring 2013 and the final winner will be selected from this shortlist by our panel of judges.

The winners and finalists, as well as a long list of artists will be published in the accompanying publication to the Aesthetica Art Prize. All artists featured will receive a complimentary copy of this publication.


ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition

Since 2002 the Mission to Seafarers Victoria maritime art prize has exhibited the work of over 700 artists and fast become recognised as Australia’s leading maritime art award. Prize money awarded to date has exceeded $129,000 and the organisation has raised approximately $180,000 toward the provision of seafarers’ welfare services in Victoria.

Now known as the ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition, the award promotes excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art and assists in raising the profile of the 1.5 million merchant seafarers responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade.

Global efforts to improve conditions for seafarers are constant, as has been the provision of welfare services by the MTSV since 1857 in the Port of Melbourne. The ANL Art Prize is an important event made possible with thanks to naming rights sponsor ANL, corporate sponsors, the contributing artists and the individuals who give their time and expertise to curate, judge and select the works.

All works exhibited are for sale and pay a 33% commission toward supporting seafarers’ welfare.

Entries close Friday 31st August, 2012.

The exhibition is open for public viewing from 5th – 31st October, 2012 at the historic seafarers’ centre at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands from 12 noon – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday.

2012 Art Prize Entry Form


Destination Daintree Art Prize


Artists and photographers are invited to submit up to two pieces of original work which promote the diversity, beauty and inspirational qualities of the Daintree. There will be a major prize of $2,000 selected from all entries, and a $500 cash prize for the winner in each category as follows:

  • Overall Winner Destination Daintree Prize: $2000
  • Cape Trib Camping Daintree Landscapes and Seascapes Prize: $500
  • The Steve Walsh Portrait Prize sponsored by Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, Cape Tribulation: $500
  • Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm Daintree Flora Prize: $500
  • Exemplar Coaches and Limousines Daintree Wildlife Prize: $500
  • Heritage Lodge & Spa Daintree Photography Prize: $500

Special Commendation Awards valued at $250 will be awarded in three photographic sub-categories: Daintree Landscapes and Seascapes; Daintree Flora and Fauna; Daintree Portraits & Characters. The People’s Choice Award will be voted online in the lead up to the event, and this award is valued at $250.


Download an entry form here: PDF | Word

The Entry Form must be completed and signed by the entrant, and received by Douglas Arts Base by 5pm, Friday, 5th October 2012, together with entry fees, entry form and digital images of works for pre-selection.


The inaugural Destination Daintree Art Prize Exhibition will be held at the Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas in November 2012. The opening event and announcement of winners will take place on Friday 23rd November and the exhibition of finalists’ works will continue until Wednesday 28th November. There will be a separate opening event for the photographic exhibition – a champagne breakfast on Saturday 24th November at the Douglas Arts Base Gallery, in Mossman.


Please contact Douglas Arts Base for information and enquiries.



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