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The City of Rockingham Art Prize is back in 2023, with a new name and new prize categories.

The City of Rockingham Art Prize (formerly the Art Awards) recognises artistic achievement in a range of categories. Each year Western Australian emerging and professional artists are invited to submit their works for selection, in any two or three-dimensional medium.

Artworks are selected and judged by an independent panel. Following judging, works will be on exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 21 May 2023.  

Entries for the 2023 Art Prize opened on Monday 21 November 2022 and will close midnight Sunday 26 February 2023.


Art Prize Curator Sandra Murray

The City is pleased to appoint Sandra Murray as the Art Prize Curator for 2023.

Sandra is a leading independent curator, arts consultant and artist mentor. She has a depth of experience in working with artists, collections, and exhibitions, including directing and curating for art and museum institutions in WA and NSW, and has worked in the public, corporate, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

Sandra has project managed and curated over 60 art and museum exhibitions. She holds a Bachelor Honours in Art History and Theory, and a Master of Philosophy. 

How to enter

  • Works will be selected by an independent panel from the submitted digital images. The selection process will be blind, meaning panellists will only have access to the image of the artwork and the artwork title.

    The Selection Panel’s decision for inclusion of entries is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Lobbying the curator, selection panel, or City of Rockingham staff will result in instant disqualification and preclude entry in future Awards.

  • Please read the terms and conditions prior to submitting your entry.

  • MilestoneDate
    Entries openMonday 21 November 2022
    Entries closeMidnight Sunday 26 February 2023
    Notification of acceptanceFriday 10 March 2023
    Artwork deliveryMonday 1 May 2023
    JudgingThursday 4 May 2023
    Awards presentationFriday 5 May 2023
    Exhibition open to the publicSaturday 6 May 2023
    Exhibition closesSunday 21 May 2023
    Artwork collectionMonday 22 May 2023
  • Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions, and the list of key dates before you submit your online entry.

    Entries close midnight Sunday 26 February 2023.

    Enter here

Prize categories

Category Prize amount (all non-acquisitive)Selection criteria
First Prize$10,000Presented to the most outstanding artwork
Small Sculpture Award$4,000Awarded for three dimensional media, defined as having depth as well as height and width, not being flat or framed, including sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, textiles
Aboriginal Artist Award$2,000 and Artsource MAX membership for one year (valued at $340)Most outstanding artwork by an artist identifying as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
Emerging Artist Award$2,000 and Artsource MAX membership for one year (valued at $340)Most outstanding work by an artist in the first seven years’ of their practice since graduating from tertiary studies or commencing their career as an artist
Local resident Award$1,500Most outstanding work by an artist residing within the City of Rockingham
People's Choice Award$500Awarded to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes from members of the public


With thanks to Artsource

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Artsource (The Artists Foundation of WA) is Western Australia’s leading visual arts network and membership organisation for artists. They champion Western Australia’s visual arts community through professional resources for artists, advocacy, facilities (including studios), tailored insurance, and a host of other services.

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