by Alicia Kish

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 27 October 2020. Good luck!

2020 Blacktown City Art Prize Terms and Conditions


  • Artwork must be original work, and have been completed after 7 October 2019. Work previously submitted to the Blacktown City Art Prize is not eligible
  • We are unable to accept film, video, sound, performance and installation artwork.
  • Eligible two-dimensional artwork can be any of the following mediums: painting, drawing, photomedia, printmaking, textiles and mixed media. The maximum size of the work allowed, including frame, is 155 cm x 155 cm (height x width). Please note that work larger than this will not be accepted
  • Eligible three-dimensional artwork can be any of the following mediums: sculpture, mixed media, textiles and ceramics. The maximum size of the artwork allowed is 200 cm x 150 cm x 150 cm (height x width x depth) and the maximum weight is 40 kg. Please note that work larger than this will not be accepted
  • All artworks must be available for sale, and cannot have a price exceeding $15,000


  • The Blacktown City Art Prize is open to all residents of Australia
  • Entrants must be aged 16 years or above on 6 October 2020
  • The Aboriginal Artist Prize is open to entrants who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
  • The Local Artist Prize is open to entrants who reside in the Blacktown Local Government Area. See the full list of suburbs here
  • Up to 2 artworks can be submitted by each entrant, but a separate entry form must be completed for each artwork


  • A panel of three judges selects finalists for the Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
  • The judges for 2020 are Kyra Kum-Sing (Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery), Pedro de Almeida (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia) and Cath Barcan (Nepean Arts & Design Centre). Learn more about them here.
  • The panel views all entries on screen
  • The panel selects artworks for the exhibition based on the following criteria:
    • Concept
    • Execution
    • Originality
  • All finalists are eligible for the main Blacktown City Art Prize and the People’s Choice Prize
  • Prize winners and highly commended artists are selected by the judges from the exhibition
  • The decisions of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The People’s Choice Prize is by a public vote and is limited to one vote per person during the exhibition. Voting can be done in person at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre or on the Blacktown Arts website


  • All finalists’ artwork must be made available for sale in-person at the exhibition and via the Blacktown Arts website
  • The price you provide on your entry form will be the sale price of your artwork during the exhibition. If you are registered for GST, the sale price should include GST
  • A 20% commission will be deducted from total sale price. The sale price you provide should be inclusive of this commission and GST (if applicable)
  • If your artwork is sold, payment will be processed after the exhibition has closed and the buyer has paid in full. You will need to provide an invoice, and a member of the Blacktown Arts team will contact you to arrange the paperwork. Please note that Council payment terms are 30 days after the receipt of a valid invoice


  • Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 27 October on the Blacktown Arts website and social media channels, and all entrants will be emailed the announcement
  • Winners of the Blacktown City Art Prize, Aboriginal Artist Prize and Local Artist Prize will be announced on Saturday 28 November 2020
  • The People’s Choice Prize will be announced within a week of the exhibition closing


  • Blacktown Arts, Blacktown City Council and/or the media (with Council’s permission) will use the image you provide to promote the exhibition and program in signage, websites, social media and catalogues
  • If available, please add your social media handles to your application to allow the Blacktown Arts team to promote your work if you are a finalist


  • The entry fee is $30 per artwork and is non-refundable
  • Full payment must be made at the same time as submitting the online form via debit/credit card
  • We regret we are unable to accept cash or cheques as payment


  • If COVID-19 restrictions prevent a physical exhibition, a gallery of the finalists will be published on the Blacktown Arts website. Judging will take place onsite at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre or online, in line with public health guidelines
  • If a physical or online presentation of the exhibition is not possible, the 2020 Blacktown City Art Prize will be cancelled and we will provide a full refund (less the merchant service fee) of entry fees to all entrants


Please upload 1 image with your entry and ensure it meets the following requirements:

  • A maximum of 1500 pixels in height and width
  • JPG file format only
  • Maximum file size of 2MB
  • File name should be: ‘firstname-lastname-title.jpg’ (EG john-smith-landscape2.jpg). Please do not include special characters. (EG ~, #, &,<,?, /,“, or characters in a language other than English)
  • File name should be less than 75 characters long
  • To resize your images, go to www.resizeimage.net.
  • Click here to see our guide to resizing an image


  • Blacktown City Council will acquire the main prize-winning artwork for the Blacktown City Art Collection, and will acquire additional artworks from the exhibition. It will give special consideration to Indigenous artworks, local artists, and artworks that reflect Blacktown, its people, its history and its environment
  • If your artwork is chosen for the exhibition, you will need to organise forward and return delivery, including packaging, at your own cost
  • We encourage you to organise your own insurance cover against damage, loss or theft. While we take all care, we are not responsible for loss or damage to artwork, and we do not insure artworks in transit, in storage or on exhibition
  • Artworks chosen for the exhibition should be professionally presented and ready to hang or display. Works cannot be wet, damaged or exceed the dimensions noted above
  • Two-dimensional artworks must be ready for hanging using D-rings or synthetic cord if appropriate
  • Three-dimensional works must be free standing and have installation notes provided. Note that Blacktown Arts will provide exhibition furniture such as standard-sized plinths
  • Artworks must be delivered between 9 am and 5 pm on Friday 13 November or Saturday 14 November 2020 to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, NSW 2148
  • We are unable to accept artwork delivered after 14 November 2020
  • Artwork that is not sold at the exhibition must be collected in person with photo ID, unless other arrangements are made in advance with the Blacktown Arts team
  • Artwork must be collected between 9 am and 5 pm on Friday 29 January or Saturday 30 January 2020 from The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre


For more information or to clarify the terms and conditions of entry, please call 02 9839 6558 or email artscentre@blacktown.nsw.gov.au


Tuesday 25 August 2020
Entries open

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 5pm
Entries close

Tuesday 27 October 2020
Finalists announced

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November 2020, 9am – 5pm
Artwork deliveries to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Saturday 28 November 2020
Prize winners announced

Saturday 28 November 2020 – Thursday 28 January 2021
Exhibition open at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January 2021, 9am – 5pm
Artwork collection from The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

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