Now in its 21st year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is one of the most respected art prizes in Western Sydney, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Artists are invited to submit entries for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.
In addition to the $15,000 main prize, three supporting prizes will be awarded:
- Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000)
- Local Artist Prize ($2,000)
- People’s Choice Prize ($1,000).
“The Blacktown City Art Prize has been a key cultural event for over 20 years,” said Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali. “It showcases the breadth of artistic talent coming from the Blacktown region and beyond, and demonstrates Council’s commitment to art and culture playing a major role in the life of our city.”
This annual exhibition has built a reputation for showcasing the creativity of the region and elevating the profiles and careers of the finalists.
Francois Breuillaud-Limondin was awarded the main prize last year for his sculptural work, Prisms. Previous winners include highly successful Western Sydney-based artists Catherine O’Donnell and Abdullah M. I. Syed, who have gone on to exhibit with Blacktown Arts Centre and other prestigious venues since their involvement with the Prize.
“The Blacktown City Art Prize brings tremendous awareness to the vast arts community in Western Sydney. I am proud to be part of such an exciting event,” said Hiren Patel from Kellyville Ridge, winner of the 2014 Local Artist Prize and 2015 finalist.
The Blacktown City Art Prize also celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Children and Young Artists Prize. This section is open to 5 – 15 year olds who live or go to school in the Blacktown Local Government Area.
Selected works will be exhibited at Blacktown Arts Centre from Saturday, 3 December 2015 – Saturday, 28 January 2016.
Entries for the 2016 Blacktown City Art Prize are now open. The fee is $25.00 per entry with a limit of two entries per artist. Photography, film, video and installation works will not be accepted.
Lucas Road at Night (outside my place), 2015, Alexandra Byrne, charcoal, graphite and pastel on Stonehenge paper
Winner of the 2015 Local Artist Prize