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Art Prize

About the Art Prize Sculpture in a gallery.

The City of Rockingham Art Prize returns for 2024, with a cash prize pool of $20,000 non-acquisitive.

The City of Rockingham Art Prize 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 15 June to Sunday 30 June 2024.  

Entries for the 2024 Art Prize opened on Wednesday 1 November 2023 and closed on Friday 16 February 2024.

Image: Kay Wood, Fancy ware (decorative, non-essential, useful object), 2023, glazed earthenware, found timber, 30 x 22 x 17 cm.

Prize Categories

CategoryPrize (all non-acquisitive)Selection Criteria
First Prize (Open)$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.
First Nations Artist Award$2,000 and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership, valued at $210Most outstanding artwork by an artist identifying as First Nations people.
Emerging Artist Award$2,000 and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership, valued at $210Most 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.

 

2024 Finalists

Entries for the 2024 Art Prize were extremely competitive, with the selection panel having the difficult task of narrowing down finalists from the 421 entries received. Congratulations to this year’s finalists:

Tusif Ahmad, Gary Aitken, Neda Bahremand, Charmaine Ball, Greg Barr, Elyssa Bennett, Jeremy Blank, Sam Bloor, Felicity Bodycoat, Leanne Bray, Michael Brophy, David Brown, Sherri Brown, Melissa Clements, Jennifer Cochrane, Jane Coffey, Olivia Colja, Bridgitte Constance, Marco D’Adamo, Andrew Daly, Marilyn Davis-Moore, Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer, Jozina de Ruiter, DoodlesinTransit, Stuart Elliot, Marcia Espinosa, Ashlee Faber, Jenny Gilbertson, Olive Gill-Hille, Tom Goates, Jane Grierson, Emma Harvey, Sam Hopkins, Christopher Hummel, Eric Hynynen, Adam Hisham Ismail, Chantelle Jackman, Kate Jones, Peter Kovacsy, Mel Lamanna, Dannah Lasanas, Felicity Lowe, M.Baker, Desmond Mah, John Manson, Barbara Maumill, Shannon McCann, Kevin McKeown, Jessica Mithen, Suzy Moore, Zali Morgan, Michael Vincent Murphy, Chantell Naude, Brenda Ningarmara, Amber Norrish, Eugene O'Sullivan, Matthew Pearson, Lori Pensini, Annette Peterson, Margaret Peurmora, Keith Pollock, Sherry Quiambao, Melanie Reeves, Jeannette Rein, Stephanie Reisch, Renee Rose, Eveline Ruys, Margaret Sanders, Valerie Schönjahn, Saira Ellen K. Spencer, Nicole Steenhof, Sally Stoneman, Everlyn Sturges, Jonathan Swift, Shelley Tamatoa, Tyler Thomson, James Walker, Imogen West, Mitzi Whitaker, Kay Wood, Jaimee Wright and Allan Yarran.

Information for Artists

Key Dates
MilestoneDate
Entries OpenWednesday 1 November 2023
Information SessionSunday 3 December, 2.30pm
How to Write an Artist Statement WorkshopSaturday 20 January, 1pm
Entries CloseFriday 16 February 2024, 4pm
Notification of AcceptanceFriday 1 March 2024
Artwork Drop-offMonday 10 June 2024
JudgingThursday 13 June 2024
Exhibition Open to the PublicSaturday 15 June 2024
Awards PresentationSaturday 15 June 2024
Exhibition CloseSunday 30 June 2024
Artwork CollectionMonday 1 July 2024

 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your entry.

Information and FAQ Sheet

Frequently asked questions about the 2024 Art Prize.

Selection of Entries

Works will be selected by an independent panel from the submitted digital images.

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.

Art Prize Team

  • Sandra Murray.Sandra Murray

    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 of Honours in Art History and Theory, and a Master of Philosophy.

  • Following the close of entries, the independent Selection Panel will meet to select finalists from the submitted artworks.

    Di Cubitt

    Di Cubitt is a visual artist originally from the U.K., living in Perth since the nineties. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours from Curtin University where she now works as an Academic (Drawing and Painting). She has held five solo exhibitions, taken part in over 50 group shows, and been a finalist in numerous art awards. Her work is held in several WA collections including the Town of Victoria Park, City of Belmont and Curtin University and she is represented in Perth by Stala Contemporary.

    Richard Gunning

    Richard Gunning is an established Perth based artist with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and post-graduate studies completed at the Central School of Art and Design, London. Since 1984 he has held eight solo exhibitions and been a finalist in numerous art prizes. He is represented in all the major collections in WA including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the University of Western Australia, Wesfarmers and  Bankwest. He currently lectures at North Metropolitan TAFE while continuing his studio practice.

    Karen Morgan

    After an extensive professional arts career in the Kimberley Region, Karen Morgan moved to the South West to work in the arts where she is the Noongar Arts Coordinator for Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Edith Cowan University and is a practising artist, based at Studio Mandurah. Previously she was Regional Coordinator, Creative and Cultural Industries, Kimberley Training Institute, and worked at Yawuru Corporation and Nagula Jarndu, Broome.

  • The independent judges will select the winning artworks for each prize category. Check back later for the announcement of the judges.

Sponsors

Thanks to Artsource for sponsoring the membership prizes for the First Nations Artist Award and Emerging Artist Award.opens in a new windowopens in a new window

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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. 

Sponsor Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Art Prize, please contact the City's Community Development Officer – Art Events and Programs at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

 


 

2023 Art Prize

Out of 468 Western Australian visual artists who entered the 2023 Art Prize, the works of 67 exceptional finalists were exhibited from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 21 May 2023. 

Finalists included established and emerging artists from across urban and regional WA, spanning drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed-media. 

2023 Art Prize Catalogueopens in a new window 

Virtual Tour of the 2023 Art Prizeopens in a new window

2023 Art Prize Winners Gallery

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