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National Capital Art Prize

by | 11 Feb 2022 | NEWS, EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post

2022 Entries Open!

Creativity Takes Courage

The National Capital Art Prize was launched in 2021. COVID was a catalyst that spurred on the philanthropist, Robert Stephens, who initiated the Prize, to support artists across the nation who had been limited in their opportunities to exhibit and sell their work.

In its first year, and from a standing start, the National Capital Art Prize competition received over 1,000 entriesArtists from every State and Territory submitted work and this number of entries almost doubled our expectations for year one of this annual competition. Many works were of outstanding quality, including from well known and emerging artists.  A panel of eminent judges selected the finalists.
Finalist entries were then hosted in an online gallery and a modest national social media campaign encouraged Australians to vote on the People’s Choice, resulted in over 25,000 votes. Again, a great deal more than anticipated.
The 2022 National Capital Art Prize opens on Monday 7 February 2022! 
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Sustainability is the balance between the environment, equity, and economy.

It is defined as: “the integration of environmental health, social equity and economic vitality in order to create thriving, healthy, diverse and resilient communities for this generation and generations to come.”

Our new category is based on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is a plan of action for peopleplanet and prosperity. The agenda outlines a set of goals the world is working toward achieving.

We invite artists, wherever you are in Australia, to share with us your journey of embracing the beauty of the earth.

Artists can base their works on one or more of the following UN goals:

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals
Works can be any medium including but not limited to original painting, drawing, photography, digital art, sculpture etc.
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2022 important dates

  • Online entries open:  7th February 2022, 6am AEST
  • Entries close: 30th June, 7pm AEST
  • Finalists publicly announced by: 17th July
  • Online voting for People’s Choice opens: 17th July
  • Judging period commences: 29th August
  • Online voting for People’s Choice closes: 11th September 11.59pm AEST
  • Official opening and award night:  Week of the 12th of September
  • Exhibition open to the public: Week of the 12th of September
Entries open 7 February 2022
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