$20,000 Prize Pool
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Double the prize money. New category awards added. Still free and easy to enter.

The Bluethumb Art Prize is our annual award that aims to raise the profile of Australian artists by supporting, recognising and celebrating their incredible talent and diversity.

2017 was the inaugural year and surpassed all expectations, with more entries than the Archibald and a finalist exhibition in Melbourne worthy of any major institution. Building on this overwhelming success, we have doubled the prize money pool and introduced category awards to give more artists the opportunity to step into the spotlight in 2018.

Prizes of $2,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Works on Canvas Award
  • Works on Paper Award
  • Photography Award
  • Other Media Award
  • People’s Choice Award (voted for by the public)

The overall Bluethumb Art Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the work considered by the judges to be the most outstanding across all categories.

Australian artists are invited to enter an original signature piece that represents their unique artistic practice. The subject matter and style of the piece is left entirely to the artist's discretion.

This is an exceptional opportunity for artists to showcase their work and join a supportive community of diverse Australian artists, whilst enabling collectors nationwide to discover exciting emerging talent.

Artprize collage 2A selection of last year's finalists

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Judging Panel

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is a Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar man...

Marcus Westbury

Marcus Westbury is the CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts that...

Penny Griggs

Penny Griggs has dedicated her career to the arts industry. Cu...

June Mills

June Mills is a well-known Darwin identity – a traditional own...

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