Final call for Art Awards entries

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Entries are closing soon for the Borough of Queenscliffe 150th Anniversary Art Awards and Exhibition in May 2013. Artists have until 4pm Wednesday 13 March to submit their entry by post or in person to the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Entry is open to any art medium except photography. There are three Awards categories and $6,000 in prize money on offer:

  • Open Art Acquisitive Award $5,000
  • Print Making Award $500
  • People's Choice Award $500

The finalists selected will have their work exhibited at three local galleries: Salt Contemporary Art, Seaview Gallery and Tussock Upstairs. The exhibition will commence from the Borough of Queenscliffe's official 150th anniversary weekend, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, and run until 19 May 2013.

This is a national competition open to artists living and working in Australia but event organisers are keen to see good representation from local artists.

"Interest in the Awards has been very promising with the entry form being downloaded over 550 times from Council's website," says Leanne Stein, Borough of Queenscliffe Arts Officer.

"Already we've had a number of entries submitted and we're expecting this to increase substantially as we near the closing date."

"This is a perfect opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and prove themselves against the broader arts industry," she says.

The judging panel has been secured, all highly regarded professionals within the arts industry. The judge's identities will remain undisclosed until the selection of finalists, whose work will be exhibited.

The Open Art Acquisitive Award winner will be announced on Saturday 4 May 2013, with the winning piece to be acquired by Borough of Queenscliffe.

The Print Making Award will also be announced on Saturday 4 May; however, the People's Choice Award will not be announced until the end of the exhibition. This award category will be judged on votes received by visitors to the exhibition.

The 150th Anniversary Art Awards and Exhibition is just one of the commemorative activities that will take place in 2013 as the Borough of Queenscliffe celebrates its 150 year anniversary.