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About the awards

Our 2022 Art Awards did not go ahead due to renovations at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

The annual Art Awards recognise artistic achievement in a range of categories. Each year Western Australian emerging and professional artists are invited to respond to a theme, in any two or three-dimensional medium (maximum dimensions apply).

Typically, entries open in late November and selected artworks are exhibited over two weeks in early May at the Rockingham Arts Centre and Gary Holland Community Centre. Selected artworks are judged by independent guest judges. Following judging, an awards presentation is held during the exhibition period; with seven award categories valued between $1,500 and $5,000 presented.

Keep an eye on this page for information on entries for 2023.

Categories and prizes

CategoryAward amountSelection criteria
Open$5,000 (acquisitive)Any artwork entered into the Art Awards
Heritage$4,000 (acquisitive)Artworks with a focus on the history and heritage of the Rockingham region
Aboriginal$4,000Artworks by artists of Aboriginal descent
Emerging$2,500Artworks by practising artists of less than five years who have not staged a solo exhibition
Local resident$1,500Artworks by artists residing in the City of Rockingham

Artworks by artists aged 12 - 18 years of age

*Artworks completed by ATAR students for school projects may be entered into the City of Rockingham Art Awards. Confirmation will be required by the school's art teacher or principal if the works are selected for exhibition.

3D$1,500Artworks created from three dimensional media including sculpture, ceramics, wood, jewellery or textiles
People's choice$250The artwork voted for by visitors to the exhibition and announced two weeks after the exhibition closes


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