Hutchins Art Prize

Hutchins Art Prize

The Hutchins Art Prize is a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific rim and offers a first prize of $15,000. The 2013 exhibition will be held at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart from 15–27 October 2013.


Tidal: City of Devonport Art Prize

Tidal: City of Devonport Art Prize

Tidal is a biennial award sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Friends Committee of the Devonport Regional Gallery. The next Tidal award will be in 2014.

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Week 8 at Claremont College

When Should I Enter an Art Prize?

Well, based on the adage, “you’ve gotta be in it to win it”, you could say always, but its worth taking a few things into consideration. There are a number of open art prizes, often associated with a particular city, town or gallery, that don’t have categories. Others are based on particular categories, some are site specific, and some are age specific etc. What is certainly worth doing is checking out the specifics of an art prize, the application process, cost, time-frames etc. and then, even if you don’t enter, check out who were accepted as finalists, who won, who was people’s choice etc. Many art prizes have great websites where you are able to check all this out on previous years. Although judges usually change each year, well established prizes tend to follow particular trends, and develop a particular genre, so its certainly worth checking out as much as you can.

archibald prize

The best advice is to only enter prizes that you are confident and happy to enter artwork that you are already doing or already wanting to do. ie. if you don’t paint portraiture and don’t want to, then its probably not a great idea to enter the Archibald Prize. Don’t just enter a prize because it has big prize money or lots of media attention. There are plenty of prizes around and you will find the ones that suit you the best. That said, art prizes can be a great incentive to get motivated and extend your art practice! There are also a number of prizes that are age specific, or ‘career’ specific, so use the opportunities that are there for you, as you build up your artist profile.


Most art prizes have a selection process, that is, the applications are vetted and a small number of finalists are chosen for the exhibition, from which the winner will be chosen. So, being chosen as a finalist is a really good! For well established and popular prizes like the Archibald Prize, being a finalist can be a career launching move. Winning a prize will of course have its benefits, fame and fortune, but can also bring its fair share of controversy and contention. Art and art appreciation is a very subjective matter, and there will always be someone with a different opinion, so its good to keep a healthy perspective on the fickle nature of art prizes. Of course, if you are not selected at all this is also worth keeping in mind, too!


Burnie Print Prize

Susanna Castleden
Building The World in the correct position and the correct shape
hand coloured screen print, 1/1
55 x 55 x 55 cm

The Burnie Print Prize has attracted the notice of some of the nation’s most talented printmakers since its inception since its inauguration in 2007. The major acquisitive prize is $12,000. This is sponsored by the Friends of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, with a generous donation of $6,000 which matches the Burnie City Council’s equally generous dollar for dollar contribution.

This year’s judges were Olga Sankey, Artist, Senior Lecturer, Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Jane Stewart, Principal Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Michael Edwards, Director CAST (Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania).

The winner of the major acquisitive prize for the Burnie Print Prize 2013 is artist, Susanna Castleden, from Fremantle, WA.

Olga Sankey, Artist and Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia, said, in making the announcement to a packed gallery, “While printmaking is a medium it is also a way of making significant works of art, where form and content complement and enhance one another. This is represented in the winning work and the Judges were unanimous in their decision for the final choice.”

“We selected Susanna Castleden’s hand coloured screen print because it is based on a strong idea which led to the choice of material and the formal presentation. We believe this work enhances the mind and leaves the viewer pondering.” Olga Sankey concluded.


Benchmarking Birchs Bay Sculpture Prize

Benchmarking Birchs Bay Sculpture Prize

2006 saw the inaugural Benchmarking Birchs Bay sculpture event which runs from Good Friday to the end of June – here at Five Bob we delight in the artist’s work and the opportunity of showcasing their creative flights of fancy to the increasing number of visitors who visit the trail annually.

We see BBB as a vehicle for removing art from its typical internal setting, juxtaposing it with nature, creating an interesting dialogue for the work and viewer.  The pieces are installed on a 1.5 kilometer long trail, that winds its way through farm and forest with spectacular mountain and channel views creating what we believe is a truly unique gallery experience.

To walk around the trail and see this year’s entrants and those that live permanently on the trail could take a whole day, or you might just power walk around in twenty minutes, do that and you will want to come back again before the trail closes at the end of June.  So grab some friends, maybe a picnic and the dog – if it is well behaved and on a leash and make a day of it.


Bay of Fires Art Prize

Bay of Fires Art Prize

The Bay of Fires Art Prize has been developed to enhance artistic and cultural interest of Australians in Tasmania, particularly during the quieter winter months.  The name was chosen because of the close relationship of the home of the Prize, St Helens, to the majestic beauty of the Bay of Fires and its artistic appeal.  
The aims are;

  • To celebrate and promote values of excellence, creativity and inclusiveness in the community
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of our Tasmanian environmental, human and spiritual inheritance
  • To provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work
  • To foster and promote partnerships between the Arts and enterprises in the community

The Prize is being supported by the St Helens and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Break O’day Council.


Tasmanian Portraiture Prize

Tasmanian Portraiture Prize

The rebranded RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize is entering its sixth year. This prestigious award is for aspiring emerging Tasmanian artists, aged 30 and under.  The prize is open to artists across many disciplines with past Tasmanian award recipients working in media such as digital, painting and photography.

Tasmania’s premier portraiture award is the result of a highly successful partnership between RACT Insurance, Clemenger Tasmania, Geon and Tasmanian Regional Arts. The objective of the award is to foster the development of emerging Tasmanian artists and provide an opportunity for the public to appreciate the talents of these aspiring Tasmanians.

Entrants are invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them and supply a statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the artwork.