Interior of the Rockingham Arts Centre with artworks on display.

About the Art Prize 

The annual 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 are exhibited at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

 


City of Rockingham Art Prize 2024Christopher Hummel, NSW TrainLink V-set Intercity Train (detail), 2024, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm. Image credit: DADAA.

2024 Art Prize

The 2024 City of Rockingham Art Prize exhibition, curated by Sandra Murray, featured works by 81 exceptional finalists in a range of artistic mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed-media.

Entries were highly competitive, with the competition attracting over 420 submissions from artists across the state, spanning an impressive range of artistic styles.

Finalists vied for a share of the $20,000 prize pool (non-acquisitive), and winners were announced at the Art Prize Awards Presentation.

  • Exhibition dates: Saturday 15 June – Sunday 30 June 2024
  • Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Admission: Free entry
  • Suitable for: All ages

Virtual tour

Couldn’t make it down to the Rockingham Arts Centre to explore the Art Prize in person?

You can still have the full exhibition experience online through our virtual tour. See the artworks in the gallery from different angles alongside artwork details and artist statements.

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Winners and prize categories

The 2024 City of Rockingham Art Prize had a cash prize pool of $20,000 (non-acquisitive).

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CategorySelection CriteriaWinner
$10,000 First Prize (Open)Presented to the most outstanding artwork.

Sam Bloor, Cosmic Horror

$4,000 Small Sculpture AwardAwarded for three dimensional media, defined as having depth as well as height and width, not being flat or framed, including sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, textiles.

Adam Hisham Ismail, “Night Swimming 2”, Night Swimming Series’

$2,000 First Nations Artist Award (and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership, valued at $210)Most outstanding artwork by an artist identifying as First Nations people.

Greg Barr, Pop’s One

$2,000 Emerging Artist Award (and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership, valued at $210)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.

Sam Hopkins, Collapse

$1,500 Local Resident AwardMost outstanding work by an artist residing within the City of Rockingham.

Jeanette Rein, Intertwined Relationships

$500 People's Choice AwardAwarded to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes from members of the public.Jessica Mithen, Acceptance
Highly Commended

In recognition of the calibre of the finalists.

Melissa Clements, Before our Walk

Stuart Elliott, West Side Rapunzel

Renee Rose, Sun behind the veil

 

 

Winners' gallery

  • 2024 winners with City of Rockingham Mayor and Councillors, curator Sandra Murray and Artsource Director and CEO Peter Grant
  • $10,000 First Prize – Sam Bloor, ‘Cosmic Horror’
  • $4,000 Small Sculpture Award Winner – Adam Hisham Ismail, ‘“Night Swimming 2”, Night Swimming Series’
  • $2,000 First Nations Artist Award Winner – Greg Barr, ‘Pop’s One’
  • $2,000 Emerging Artist Award Winner – Sam Hopkins, ‘Collapse’
  • $1,500 Local Resident Award Winner – Jeanette Rein, ‘Intertwined Relationships’
  • $500 People's Choice Award - Jessica Mithen, 'Acceptance'
  • Highly Commended – Melissa Clements, ‘Before our Walk’
  • Highly Commended – Stuart Elliott, ‘West Side Rapunzel’
  • Highly Commended – Renee Rose, ‘Sun behind the veil’
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Catalogue and artist statements

Check out the exhibition catalogue and find everything you need to know about the 2024 Art Prize in one place. 

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Get further insight into this year’s exhibiting artists and their artworks in our artist statements booklet. 

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Abstract porcelain sculpture with a blooming pile of loose threads and fabric. Valerie Schönjahn, 'My friend the collector', 2023, porcelain, wire, collected materials, 15 x 20 x 20 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.

Valerie Schönjahn, My friend the collector, 2023, porcelain, wire, collected materials, 15 x 20 x 20 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.  

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.

    Michelle Broun

    Michelle Broun is a proud Yindjibarndi women living on Whadjuk Noongar Country.  She is a highly respected curator, creative producer and cultural planner. She was Lead Curator of Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn (Our Heart Land and Spirit), at WA Museum Boola Bardip. At John Curtin Gallery she curated Carrolup Coolinagh Wirn – the spirit of Carrolup, and Tracing the Art of a Stolen Generation – the child artists Carrolup which toured to the Portico Library, Manchester and The University of Glasgow in 2022. In 2024 she is undertaking a major thesis at Deakin University to complete her Masters of Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies.

    Paul Kaptein

    Paul Kaptein is a highly respected contemporary WA artist whose practice incorporates sculpture, drawing, animation and sound. He studied at Claremont School of Art and Curtin University, and has won prestigious awards including the Joondalup Invitational Art Prize, the Mid-West Art Prize and the Mandorla Art Award.

    He has exhibited widely in WA, interstate and internationally, with work held in public and private collections including the Brooklyn Art Library, City of Joondalup, City of Wanneroo, Edith Cowan University, Horn Collection, New Norcia Museum, North Metropolitan TAFE, Royal Perth Hospital, and the University of Western Australia. In 2020 he received the Syndicate Commission to produce a series of life-size sculptures.

    Hannah Mathews

    Hannah Mathews is Director/CEO of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Over the last 20 years she has held key curatorial positions at Monash University Museum of Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Next Wave, The South Project and the Biennale of Sydney. Recent curatorial projects include Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE (2022); Vivienne Binns: On and through the surface (2022); D Harding: Through a lens of visitation (2021); Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain (2020). She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and has undertaken curatorial residencies in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Venice.

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Information for artists

Key Dates
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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 and FAQs

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

Artwork credits

  • Christopher Hummel, 'NSW TrainLink V-set Intercity Train', 2024, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm. Image credit: DADAA.
  • Andrew Daly, 'Chicken Van', 2023, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Valerie Schönjahn, 'My friend the collector', 2023, porcelain, wire, collected materials, 15 x 20 x 20 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Kevin McKeown, 'Before the Storm', 2024, oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Shelley Tamatoa, 'Suburban Wetlands', 2024, oil on canvas, 70 x 70 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Lori Pensini, 'Weeping Woman #2', 2024, oil on linen, 22 x 20 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Sam Bloor, 'Cosmic Horror', 2024, C-type print on archival rag, edition 1/3, 90 x 90 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Jozina de Ruiter, 'Shoalwater Foreshore Reserve', 2024, 50 x 76 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
  • Peter Kovacsy, 'Fringe Dwellers', 2023, recycled industrial timber: textured, bleached, carbonised Karri, 37 x 68 x 20 cm. Image credit: courtesy the artist.
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Past events

2023 Art Prize
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CategoryWinner
$10,000 First Prize (Open)Elmari Steyn, Fragmented Arboretum I
$4,000 Small Sculpture AwardBjoern Rainer-Adamson, We are still here? 
$2,000 Aboriginal Artist Award (and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership)Taylor Gollan, Discounted Deli 
$2,000 Emerging Artist Award (and one-year Artsource PLUS Membership)DoodlesinTransit, The new machine
$1,500 Local Artist AwardMichael Doherty, Lake Walyungup, Rockingham
$500 People's Choice AwardJayda Brown, Wardan Boodjar

 

2021 Art Awards
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CategoryWinner
$5,000 Open AwardMichael Doherty, Night View - Safety Bay Road
$4,000 Heritage AwardAnita Phillips, These Things I Did Not Know…
$4,000 Aboriginal AwardMaitland Hill, Booladarlung, Trust, Respect, Sharing
$2,500 Emerging AwardLorraine Defleur, The Kiss in Turmoil
$1,500 Local Resident AwardNicole Steenhof, Indelible Mark
$1,500 Youth AwardJacinta Posik, A Father’s Presence
$250 People's Choice AwardSarcha Simpson, Cold and Alone

 

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