Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

Do you have a question about the Blacktown City Art Prize?

Where do I bring my work and when?

All entries must be made online at You can enter 1 or 2 artworks. The entry fee is $25 per artwork. The Judges will then select the Finalists. The Finalists must bring in their work on Friday, 11 November 2016 or Saturday, 12 November 2016 between  10am – 5pm  to Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown. Enter Arts Centre car park via Campbell Street, Blacktown.

What is the maximum size my work can be?

For 2D works the maximum size including frame is 155cm (height) x 155cm (width).  For sculptures and ceramics, the maximum size is 200cm (high) x 150cm (wide) x 150cm (deep). It must weigh 40kg or less. Works MUST fall within these size and weight restrictions, no exceptions. 1cm out of this size restriction is not acceptable. 10gram over the weight restriction is not acceptable.

What are D-rings? And do I need them?

A “D-ring” is a small metal ring that is shaped like the letter D. D-rings are attached to frames, one on either side, so the work can be hung from these points. You do not need D-rings if your work has a synthetic cord on the back. Wire is not acceptable unless it is covered with plastic as it can damage other works. If your work is a stretched canvas on a timber frame, it can be hung from the frame.


How should I frame my artwork?

It is up to you how you would like to frame your work. Judges of previous Blacktown City Art Prize exhibitions have commented that simple frames which enhance the qualities of the artwork are better than overly decorative frames.

How will I be notified if my work has been selected for the Blacktown City Art Prize?

The list of selected Finalists works will appear at  from Monday 31 October. Works not included on the list are to be understood as not selected. Finalists will also receive a list of selected works via email on the Monday 31 October.

If I am selected as a Finalist, when and how do I deliver and collect my artwork?

All selected works must be delivered on Friday, 11 November 2016 or Saturday, 12 November 2016, and collected after the exhibition on Friday, 3 February 2017 or Saturday, 4 February 2017 between 10am – 5pm from Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown. Enter the Arts Centre car park via Campbell Street, Blacktown.

Will there be someone there to help me unload the artwork from my car?

Yes, just approach one of the Arts Centre staff and ask for assistance.

Can I assemble my own sculpture?

We ask that all sculpture requiring assembly be accompanied by photographs. Multi-part sculptures may be assembled by artists themselves. However, photographs must be provided to the Arts Centre.

Can I install my own work?

We employ professional art handlers who install all works on behalf of the artists. The artists may be asked to assist with installation, but this is unusual.

Can I get someone to deliver the work on my behalf?

Yes, however they must have written permission to do so, photo ID and all the necessary details of the artworks being delivered.

If I post my work will it be posted back to me?

Yes. However all costs, packaging, transport and/or postage arrangements must be made by the artist.

Do I need to provide a plinth?

No. Blacktown Arts Centre has a collection of plinths that will be used for the exhibition.

My work needs power, can this be arranged?

Yes, however power points are limited and this preference will affect where your work is installed.

My work is free-standing but hangs from the ceiling, is this acceptable?

No. Works cannot be suspended or hung from the Arts Centre roof. If it requires suspension it is not deemed to be free-standing.

My painting is a stretched canvas, does it need to be framed?

No. However the artwork must be professionally presented and ready to be hung.

Can I enter a mixed media artwork?

Yes. Mixed media artworks will only be accepted if the work is primarily a 2D work and can be hung on a wall. Sculptures can be mixed media but must adhere to the size and weight restrictions.

The artwork details have changed since submitting my Entry Form. Can I make changes when I deliver the work?

No. All Details must be confirmed when submitting the Entry Form by 5pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

Do you need a statement and CV from me?

No.  More information regarding artworks and artists may be requested by potential buyers and if artwork is acquired by Blacktown City Council or Ford Land Company.

What are the prizes?

The main prize is $15,000. Other prizes are the Aboriginal Artist Prize $2,000, Local Artist Prize $2,000 and the People’s Choice Prize $1,000.

What kind of artworks can I enter?

Works accepted are 2D works that include drawings, prints, paintings, textiles and mixed media. 3D works that include ceramics and sculpture.  Artworks not accepted include photography, film, video, sound, performance and installation artworks.

How do I enter the 2016 Blacktown City Art Prize?

Entry into Blacktown City Art prize 2016 is by online application only.

Important information:

  • Images accepted are JPG, jpeg or jpg only. Maximum file size 2MB. To resize your images, go to
  • Files should be named firstname-secondname-title.jpg, eg. john-smith-landscape2.jpg.
  • Once you have submitted your entry you will receive a confirmation email.

If you have trouble completing your application, please call Blacktown Arts Centre on 9839 6558.


Is there an entry fee?

No, it is free to enter.

Where can I get an entry form?

  • Blacktown Arts Centre
  • Blacktown City Council Civic Centre

What is the theme and is it compulsory?

This year the theme is Hidden Wildlife.  The theme is not compulsory.

What is the maximum size the work can be?

A3 size for 2D works (not including frame) or 30 x 30 x 30cm for sculptures. No exceptions.

Does the child entrant have to be a Blacktown resident? 

Entrants must reside in Blacktown or attend school with the Blacktown City Local Government Area.

How many works can I enter?

One only.

When do I submit the entry form and artwork?

You submit these together on Friday, 11 November or Saturday, 12 November between 10am – 5pm.

How do I collect the work when the exhibition is over?

Come to Blacktown Arts Centre at 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown on either Friday, 3 February 2017 or Saturday, 4 February 2017 between 10am – 5pm.Key Dates

Closing date for entry forms, including entry fees
5pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

List of selected artworks posted on website, Facebook and email
Monday, 31 October 2016

Delivery date for selected artworks
10am – 5pm
Friday, 11 November or Saturday, 12 November 2016

Official Opening Night
6– 8pm
Friday, 2 December 2016

Exhibition dates
Saturday, 3 December 2016 –
Saturday, 28 January 2017
Open Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Collection of selected entries
10am – 5pm
Friday, 3 February 2016 or
Saturday, 4 February 2017


Audrey Newton

Ro Murray delivers her entry in the 2015 Blacktown City Art Prize to Paul Howard, Visual Arts Curator.

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