National Capital Art Prize


Name of Competition: National Capital Art Prize

Closing Date: 1 July 2021

Art Competition Details
About the National Capital Art Prize

Launching in 2021, the inaugural annual National Capital Art Prize is the first Australia-wide competition for paintings of any subject.

The Prize has been established to support and showcase Australian artists and celebrate their skill and diversity. With a generous prize pool of more than $45,000, this competition aims to ignite the passion and courage of artists across the country, many of whom lost the opportunity to display and sell their work during 2020 with its devastating impact on the arts sector.

Aim and Purpose

The National Capital Art Prize aims to be an esteemed and highly respected competition which will fulfil a number of goals, including to:
Identify, promote and celebrate Australia’s artists
Exhibit high quality art to the public by providing a forum within which art can be viewed, studied, critiqued and sold
Promote culturally diverse artistic endeavours
Showcase the talent of Australian artists of various ages and experience
Encourage and support student development with visual arts
Encourage the general public to engage with the arts through a People’s Choice award.

The National Capital Art Prize also aims to further position Canberra as a significant arts hub in Australia and a leading destination for culture and the arts.

Designed to minimise restrictions often placed on artists in competitions, National Capital Art Prize entries can portray any vision and be painted in any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil. Artists can submit up to four entries.

About the Competition

The National Capital Art Prize will be held annually with Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over 18 years of age invited to submit up to four paintings in any of the four categories.

Open Prize valued at $15,000
First Nations Prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists valued at $15,000
Landscape Prize valued at $5,000
Student Prize valued at $2,500

There will be two additional awards – the People’s Choice Award valued at $2,500 and an Art Scholarship valued at $5,000. In 2021, the Art Scholarship is in partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) and available for current ANU students.

In addition to cash prizes, finalists will have their work on public display during the judging process. Prize winners in the Open, First Nations and Landscape categories also receive the opportunity for a solo or joint exhibition of their works following the competition.

The competition will be supported by an extensive marketing and PR program including website, electronic newsletters, publicity, promotional events, social media and advertising. All investment partners will be promoted and thanked in communication channels throughout the competition, exhibition and awards period.

Who may enter? Australia Only

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