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Awards 2017

Posted on August 27th, 2017

We have grabbed the latest list of art prizes from Art Almanac (


Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2018
Entries close Wednesday 10 January, 2018, Sydney
(02) 9704-5693.
A $25,000 acquisitive award for drawing. Exhibition March, 2018.
Visit website for details and entry form.


Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries close 31 August, 2017
The Aesthetica Art Prize offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work and engage with audiences on an international platform. There are two awards on offer; Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. Categories include Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; and Video, Installation & Performance.


Albert Park College Art Show
Entries close 5pm, Monday 11 September, Melbourne
Submissions open for the 7th annual curated art show for 2 and 3 dimensional works from professional and student artists.
Exhibition Oct 20 to 22.
Trudy Rice 0410-596-415.
Visit website for more info.


art piece gallery 30 x 30 Art Prize
Entries close Tuesday 31 October, New South Wales
Entries are invited for the inaugural art piece gallery 30 x 30cm Art Prize.
1st Prize $6,000, non-acquisitive. 2D works in any medium.
Finalist exhibition Sat Nov 25.
Visit website for entry form and details.


Birregurra Weekend Festival – Art Show and Prize
Entries close Friday 4 September, Victoria
Invitation to artists. Categories: Drawing and Pastelwork, Watercolour, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking and other media.
Exhibition Oct 13 to 15.
Visit website for details and entry or call 0475-265-249.


City of Stirling Art Award & Exhibition
Entries close Monday 4 September, 2017, Western Australia
Artists are invited to submit entries in painting, drawing, sculpture and textile works for the City of Stirling Art Award & Exhibition on at the City of Stirling Reception Hall, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling from 12 to 16. Visit the website for entry details and form.


Contemporary Art Awards 2018
Entries close Tuesday 28 November, Queensland
Winner’s prize, $5,510 worth of cash and prizes, plus additional prizes for finalists. Apply online, or through the supplied hard copy application form.
Visit website for details.


Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Entries close Wednesday 30 August, Sydney
The Moran Arts Foundation is inviting artists to enter original works for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for 2017. A total prize pool of $180,000 including $150,000 for 1st prize and $1,000 for finalists is on offer. Entries for the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will open in Jan 2018. Visit website for more information and to enter.


EMSLA: Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
Entries close Friday 29 September, 2017
The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award is Australia’s only national Still Life Painting Award. EMSLA is celebrating it’s eleventh consecutive year with a new $20,000 non-acquisitive First Prize and relocation to the city of Wollongong.


 Georges River Art Prize 2017
Entries close Fri 15 September, Sydney
Entries are now open for this biennial award with a prize pool over $20,000, hosted by Hurstville Museum & Gallery and Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre. Exhibition Nov 4 to Dec 13. Visit website for details and entry.


Gippsland Print Award 2017
Entries close Friday 18 August, Victoria
The Gippsland Print Award is a $5,000 acquisitive prize open to all artists living and working in Australia, for prints that have been completed since 1 Sept 2015.
Exhibition Sept 2 to Nov 19. Visit website for entry details.


Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize 2017
Entries close Friday 1 September, Melbourne
A non-acquisitive prize for Victorian residents. Total prize money $45,000.
A three-week finalist exhibition will take place at red gallery, Fitzroy North, Melbourne from October 11 to 29. Visit website for details and entry.


Hornsby Art Prize
Entries close Sunday 10 September, Sydney
Entries are now open for the 2017 Hornsby Art Prize. The total prize pool is valued at over $22,000, with the major prize worth $10,000.
Categories include Painting, Printmaking, Drawing and 3D Works. This non-acquisitive prize is open to all artists resident in Australia. Visit the website for more information.


John Copes Watercolour Prize
Entries close 1pm, Wed Sept 6.
Entries are now open. First prize $3,000. Exhibition Sept 22 to Oct 2.
Visit website for details and entry form or call  (02) 4861-4093.


KAAF Art Prize 2017
Entries close Friday 20 October, Sydney
The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation is calling for entries for the $15,000 non-acquisitive art prize.


The Mandorla Art Award
Entries close 12 March, 2018
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is a national thematic Christian art prize open to artists in all media. Entries that respond to the theme for 2018, taken from the Book of Revelations (Rev 21:1-2) are invited. The total prize pool is $37,000, with an acquisitive main prize of $25,000.


The 41st Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition
Entries close Friday October 20, Victoria
Entries are invited for the 41st Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition Nov 3 to 6. Rotary Prize $2000, Local Artist’s Award $1500, People’s Choice $500, plus five Highly Commended $100. Applications are available from the Art Show Secretary Submit entry by email, or post to Sue Swan, 130 Killarney Lane, Boorolite, VIC, 3723.


Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition
Entries close Sun 27 August, Melbourne
Submissions are now open for the Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition. This national competition hosted by the Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne promotes excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art, and assists in raising the profile of merchant seafarers responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade.


Mosman Art Prize 2017
Entries close Monday 11 September, Sydney
The annual acquisitive Mosman Art Prize is calling for submissions. This year offering a major prize of $50,000, and offers four additional awards; the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize of $3,000, a Commendation Prize of $2,000; the $2,000 Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35 years), and the Mosman Art Society Viewers’ Choice Award for $1,000.
Exhibition Sept 23 to Oct 29. Visit website for details and entry form.


The Paddington Art Prize 2017
Entries close midnight 3 September, Sydney
A $25,000 national acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. The exhibition of national finalists will will take place from Oct 12 to 22. Visit the website for more information.


Painting Impressionism – 9×5 Landscape Prize
Entries close Tues November 7, Sydney
Waverley Woollahra Art School invites all artists to submit 9×5 works on plywood.
Entry fee $25 per entry (includes plywood board). Visit website for details and entry.
(02) 9387-2461.


Portia Geach Memorial Award
Entries close 8 September, 2017
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a prize for portraiture by women artists, and was established by the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. This non-acquisitive award of $30,000, is for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the 12 months preceding the close date for entries.


Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2017
Entries close Thursday 24 August, Melbourne
(03) 9439-7712.
Call for entries for this $20,000 non-acquisitive prize for self portraits are open.
Visit website for details and entry. Exhibition Oct 26 to Jan 7, 2018.


ROI Art Prize
Entries close 5pm, 8 November, Melbourne
The annual $10,000 ROI Art Prize is calling for entries from emerging and established artists to submit original artworks including painting, limited edition printmaking, photography and drawing. This prize is open to all artists living in, working in, or represented by galleries, in the municipalities of Yarra, Darebin and Moreland for works created within two years of the closing date are eligible.


Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship
Entries close Monday October 16.
The City of Port Phillip invites applications for this $25,000 award offered in support of professional development and excellence in contemporary visual art. Visit website for entry form and details.  (03) 9209-6215.


The Shirl National Youth Portrait Award
Entries close midnight Friday 8 September, New South Wales
(02) 6499-2187.
The ‘Shirl’ is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual prize for artists between the ages 16 to 25.
HSC students, tertiary students and practicing emerging artists are invited to enter.
Entries can be of any 2D traditional medium, digital new media piece, animation, or gif.
Exhibition Oct 6 to Nov 25 at Bega Valley Regional Gallery.


St Johns Southgate 2017 Art Prize and Exhibition: The Joy in All Things
Entries close 15 September, Melbourne
A non-acqusitive art award with prize money totalling $4,500.
Works in all media are invited except video and installation art.


Western Sydney University Sculpture Award
Entries close Fri 1 September, Sydney
Artists are invited to submit work for the acquisitive sculpture award.
Valued up to $30,000 plus two $5,000 awards.
Exhibition May 4 to June 3, 2018.
Visit website, call (02) 4620-3450, or email


Wollongong Acquisitive Sculpture Award 2018
Online applications close 5pm, 12 September, New South Wales
Artists are invited to submit work for the acquisitive sculpture award held in the Wollongong Botanic Garden from 7 April to 20 May, 2018. Acquisitive Award $30,000; Non-Acquisitive People’s Choice Prize $3,000. Visit the website for details and entry.


Technology in Vintage Mode

Posted on May 8th, 2016




Absolutely hilarious how we can move forward very rapidly with technology then some genius comes along with a vintage take on it. Will I go out and buy one of these gadgets? Probably not as I already have gadgets up to the yin yang.

The elegant, vintage-style keyboard turns any iPad, tablet, or desktop computer into an old-school mechanical typewriter. No Wite-Out required.

It’s called the Qwerkywriter and is now on sale  in the United Sates for around $349. Sorry fellow oz people. It has not reached our shores yet.


More Illustrations Cleverly Reveal the Two Kinds of People There Are in the World

Posted on May 8th, 2016


There are two types of people in this world: those who eat the pizza crust and those that leave it on the plate; or, someone who prefers a Kindle while another loves getting lost in the pages of a book. The world is full of these opposing groups of people, and depending on who you ask, they’re either doing things the “right” way or the “wrong” way. Illustrator João Rocha highlights this quirky anomaly with his clever Tumblr called 2 Kinds of People, which shows the tiny ways in which people are different.


Born in 1986? Here are some Quick Facts & Stats From That Year.

Posted on April 27th, 2016

Artsy Fartsy Flashback 1986 Poster


World Population

• World population stands at approximately 5 billion.



Generation: Y

SubGeneration: Echo Boom (Generation McGuire) 1978 – 1990


World News

• Halley’s Comet reaches its perihelion, the closest point to the Sun, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th Century.
• President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines goes into exile in Hawaii after 20 years of rule

Prince, may you rest in peace…

Posted on April 26th, 2016

Prince Prince – (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)


PRINCE has died suddenly at the age of 57, just days after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing so he could be rushed to hospital. Paramedics found the singer unresponsive in the lift of his $13 million Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota after they were called to respond to a “male down not breathing”.

While the singer’s cause of death is not yet confirmed, TMZ, who broke the news of his death, say that multiple sources have confirmed he was treated for a drug overdose and not the flu – as his reps had said – when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing six days ago.

“Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, hours after he performed in Atlanta,” the website wrote. “At the time his reps said he was battling the flu … something we questioned because his plane was only 48 minutes from home before the unscheduled landing. (more…)

Superb Kinetic Sculptures by Anthony Howe

Posted on April 26th, 2016

Source: Howe Art



Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Anthony attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut followed by Cornell University and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. He then built a house on a mountaintop in rural New Hampshire and painted watercolors and had several one man shows in Boston. A sense of unease in both the isolation and the subject matter of his paintings resulted in the selling of the house and a move to Manhattan.


His new, part time occupation of erecting shelving for the storage of office records resulted in the discovery of a new medium, metal. Further exploration combined with previous interests in the wind and movement led to the making of kinetic wind sculptures. He then strung discarded elevator cables across local rooftops. On those cables he hung his first series of wind powered sculptures. (more…)

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1st, 2015

Here’s to the new year ahead! We wish you all a terrific new year with lots more noteworthy memories to be made. And of course the creation of the Artsy Fartsy Flashback products for 2014 are available now for those special ankle-biters turning 1 sometime this year: 2014 Posters.



What happened in 1984

Posted on December 17th, 2014

Take a look at our latest YouTube video to get an idea of what happened in 1984.


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