Entries for the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize are now open.
Now in its 23rd year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.
The winner of the Blacktown City Art Prize will receive $15,000. Three supporting prizes will also be awarded:
- Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000)
- Local Artist Prize ($2,000)
- People’s Choice Prize ($1,000).
This year, the winners of the Local Artist Prize and Aboriginal Artist Prize will also have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month residency in one of Blacktown Arts’ Main Street studios.
The addition of a studio residency to the prize pool is an exciting opportunity for artists who want to engage with people or places in Blacktown.
In 2015, Alexandra Byrne created Lucas Road at night (outside my place) during an artist residency at Blacktown Arts’ Main Street studios; the work went on to win the Local Artist Prize later that year.
The Blacktown City Art Prize also celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed 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 The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre from Saturday 1 December 2018 – Friday 25 January 2019.
Entries close at 5 pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018.
The fee is $26.00 per entry with a limit of two entries per artist. Photography, film, video and installation works will not be accepted.
The 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize is proudly supported by Ford Land Company, Westlink M7, Blacktown Workers Club and Blacktown City Council’s Sustainable Living program.
- Entries close | 5 pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018
- Announcement of finalists | Monday 29 October 2018
- Official opening | 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday 1 December 2018
- Exhibition dates | Saturday 1 December 2018 – Friday 25 January 2019
Misim Song, Desolate II (detail), 2017. Finalist in the 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize.