Upcoming lucrative art prizes and residencies you need to know about – ArtsHub

With hundreds of art prizes, awards and residencies in Australia, knowing the ones to choose isn’t easy when it comes to positioning your artwork. Here are some of the most lucrative in Australia:

CLOSES: 27 SEPTEMBER

A National acquisitive landscape prize with $30,000 awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Plus, six non-acquisitive prizes on offer including the Defiance Gallery Award, which includes an exhibition in Sydney and the Nock Foundation residency in New Zealand.


Georges River Artist in Residence
CLOSES: 23 AUGUST

The Georges River Artist in Residence program offers artists a unique location to explore their artistic practice. Residencies of up to three months are available and include a studio space and accommodation. Australian and international artists are encouraged to apply.


Dobell Drawing Prize #22
CLOSES: 5 OCTOBER

Dobell Drawing Prize #22 is the leading drawing exhibition in Australia and an unparalleled celebration of drawing innovation. Presented by NAS and Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this biennial, $30,000 acquisitive prize explores the importance of drawing within contemporary practice.


CLOSES: 10 AUGUST

This national acquisitive painting prize is valued at $50,000 with an additional four awards on offer. The 2020 Prize judge is Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney. Receipting day will be held on Monday 10 August, 8am-7pm.


Maritime Art Prize
CLOSES: 31 AUGUST

Entries are now open for the Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition. Artists are invited to respond to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’ to compete for a share of $20,000 in prizes.


Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
CLOSES: 31 JULY

An acquisitive award for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension, open to all artists both emerging through to established. Prizes across four categories now increased to $29,000 to celebrate 20 years in 2020.


CLOSES: 12 OCTOBER

One of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes. Encouraging conversation about belief and non-belief, hope, humanity, social justice, religion and spirituality through art. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre manages this bi-annual event with a prize pool of over $41,000.


CLOSES: 2 SEPTEMBER
The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 58th year, with a total of $36,000 in prizes, including the Open section which is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection,  valued at $25,000

CLOSES: 31 JULY
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000 and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC.