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

About National Capital Art Prize

National Capital Art Prize is a not-for-profit company established in Canberra in March 2021. Managed by honorary Directors, the company supports and showcases Australian artists and celebrates their skill and diversity through an annual national painting competition. The competition was also established to profile Australia’s National Capital as a cultural hub.

All funds generated through partnerships and entry fees are used in the running of the National Capital Art Prize and are continuously reinvested in the Prize to encourage artistic endeavour into the future.

About the Competition

With a prize pool of more than $45,000, 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.

The annual National Capital Art Prize is established to:

  • Promote culturally diverse artistic endeavours
  • Showcase the talent of Australian artists
  • Support the artistic education and endeavours of young people
  • Nurture the creative development of artists in Australia
  • Provide a forum where art can be viewed, studied, critiqued and sold

The inaugural 2021 competition offers an exciting platform for Australian artists of all genres, ages and level of experience.

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

About the Competition

With a prize pool of more than $45,000, 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.

The annual National Capital Art Prize is established to:

  • Promote culturally diverse artistic endeavours
  • Showcase the talent of Australian artists
  • Support the artistic education and endeavours of young people
  • Nurture the creative development of artists in Australia
  • Provide a forum where art can be viewed, studied, critiqued and sold

The inaugural 2021 competition offers an exciting platform for Australian artist for all generes, ages and level of experience.

Mission

Designed to minimise restrictions often placed on artists in competitions, National Capital Art Prize entries can portray any vision and be painted in any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil. Artists can submit up to four entries.

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

The inaugural competition offers an exciting new platform for Australian artists

The National Capital Art Prize will be held annually with Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over 18 years of age invited to submit up to four paintings in any of the four categories.

Our story

The saying ‘Creativity takes courage’ originally came from the famous French artist, Henri Matisse, and it certainly rings true in the art world. It takes courage to pursue artistic endeavours. The process of creating art is deeply personal and provides an opportunity for true self-expression. We all view the world through a different lens, and it takes bravery to share our views and beliefs, especially where it can be judged by others.

The life of an artist also goes against societal norms. A career in The Arts isn’t considered to be a safe or stable path. Artists need courage to continue pursuing their passions, especially during tough times like the COVID-19 pandemic. With less opportunities to display and sell their work through the pandemic, many artists have been struggling and have had to be extremely resilient. The National Capital Art Prize is a way to support artists and reignite their passion and courage.

Mission

Designed to minimise restrictions often placed on artists in competitions, National Capital Art Prize entries can portray any vision and be painted in any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil. Artists can submit up to four entries.

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

The inaugural competition offers an exciting new platform for Australian artists

The National Capital Art Prize will be held annually with Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over 18 years of age invited to submit up to four paintings in any of the four categories.

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2021 Partners

The inaugural competition offers an exciting new platform for Australian artists and enormous opportunities for a limited number of investment partners.

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