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The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the art industry and artists alike, many of whom were unable to display and sell their work through the conventional means of galleries, exhibitions and markets.
Here in Australia, the situation is just turning the corner with artists coming together for a public art tour, sculptures exhibited at a winery and the NGV hosting exclusive works of French Impressionism just to name a few. The National Capital Art Prize aims to fan the flames of artistic passions and further support Australian artists by showcasing their diversity and skills.
This inaugural annual prize is the first country-wide competition for paintings of any subject. It will be the only art competition in Australia, which allows entrants to paint any vision, such as portrait, landscape or abstract, and use any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil.
Supported by Aarwun Gallery, Australian National University and OPF Consulting, artists can look forward to a generous prize pool of more than $45,000. The prizes include
1. Open Prize valued at $15,000 2. First Nations Prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists valued at $15,000 3. Landscape Prize valued at $5,000
4. Student Prize valued at $2,500 5. People's Choice Award valued at $2,500 6. Art Scholarship valued at $5,000
Established and emerging artists are welcomed to submit pieces on any theme or genre according to the following timelines:
1. Entries open – 30 March
2. Entries close – 1 July
3. Finalists announced – 2 August
4. Official opening and award night – 17 September
5. Public exhibition opens – 18 September
Entry is FREE and permitted for Australian artists only. Register for the competition here.