Creativity Takes Courage

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Launching in 2021, the inaugural annual National Capital Art Prize is the first Australia-wide competition for paintings of any subject.

Prize Categories

  • Open Prize valued at $15,000
  • First Nations Prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists valued at $15,000
  • Landscape Prize valued at $5,000
  • Student Prize valued at $2,500

Entries open on 30 March 2021 and will close on 01 July 2021.

Entries are open

This competition aims to ignite the passion and courage of artists across the country, many of whom lost the opportunity to display and sell their work during 2020 with its devastating impact on the arts sector.

Key Dates

  • Entries open – 30 March
  • Entries close – 1 July
  • Finalists announced – 2 August
  • Official opening and award night – 17 September
  • Public exhibition opens – 18 September

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The Prize has been established to support and showcase Australian artists and celebrate their skill and diversity.

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Additional Awards

There will be two additional awards – the People’s Choice Award valued at $2,500 and an Art Scholarship valued at $5,000. 

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The National Capital Art Prize aims to further position Canberra as a significant arts hub in Australia and a leading destination for culture and the arts.