The term ‘represented’ indicates that you have a formal or contractual agreement with a gallery to regularly exhibit your work, and to promote and build your career. This is often an exclusive arrangement and will preclude you from working with other galleries.

If you work with a gallery on a regular basis but do not have a formal agreement and are not precluded from working with other galleries you are still eligible to apply however you must list these galleries in your application.

The term emerging indicates that the artist is not yet formally represented by a major commercial gallery. Artists may have exhibited casually with smaller commercial galleries however are unable to sustain a career based on the sales of their work. 

Framing is optional, but all works must be ready to hang complete with D-rings AND wire.

Materials that will be considered for evaluation in the painting category include works on board, canvas or paper. As the prize is focused on the practice of painting works need to demonstrate the artists skill in this area. In the ceramics category, earthenware, stoneware or porcelain will be accepted. 

A painting must not be larger than 120cm including frame (longest side). A ceramic must not be larger than 60cm longest transverse measurement.

A selection panel will select the finalists. Only artworks chosen as finalists will be exhibited. The judges’ decision is final on all aspects of awarding The National Emerging Art Prize, and no correspondence or appeal will be entered into or considered.

Freight costs and all other charges relating to delivery and collection of entered artworks are the sole responsibility of the artist.

All artworks submitted must be made available for exhibition if selected as a finalist and must be available for purchase.

The artwork details entered on the NEAP Art Prize entry form are final and no changes can be made.

There is no limit to the number of entries per artist, however all entries will attract a non-refundable administration fee of $20. A receipt will be issued for each entry. Please note that only one artwork per artist will be selected for exhibition.

Up to two images may be submitted of each work, and one of these must represent the artwork in its entirety. The file size of any image is not to exceed 4MB. File names are to be in the following format:

All works submitted for the Award must be original works by the artist whose name appears on the entry form and completed between 2020 and 2022.

Artists must be residing primarily in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply.


Key Dates

Open for Applications
June 2022

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