Community Art Competition

by | 30 Mar 2021 | Blog post

Silver is Gold

  • CAW is pleased to announce a new collaborative activity – we have teamed up with ACT Council on the Ageing (COTA) in their Silver is Gold Community Art Competition, open to artists in the ACT and surrounding regions.
  • This community-wide competition promotes the value, contribution and importance of older people in our community through artistic expression.
  • You are invited to submit a portrait of an older person (over 55).
  • There are fabulous prizes to be won by selected finalists in each category including: CAW gift vouchers, art-related gift vouchers, bookstore gift vouchers and so much more!
  • Category finalists and other entries selected by the judges in each competition will also be exhibited across Canberra, including all major shopping centres, retirement villages and selected community organisations between May–October this year.

Read on for more information including terms and conditions. An entry form is attached.
You can also request more information and entry forms from COTA

Terms and Conditions


  • Artworks must feature at least one older person, aged 55 years or over, as the subject.
  • Permission of the subject is required including that any published photographic images of the artwork will not breach any person’s rights (including copyright or moral rights).


  • Must be amateur artists (that is, not deemed to be a ‘professional artist’)
  • Entrant categories are:
    • Open Category for persons aged 18–54 years
    • Seniors category for entrants aged 55 years and over
  • Entrants can enter up to four artworks
  • All entrants must live within the borders of the ACT or immediate environs, including Murrumbateman, Yass, Braidwood, and Bateman’s Bay. The entrant’s residential address must be stated on the entry form
  • Submission of an artwork, together with a completed and signed entry form, will be taken to mean acceptance of the competition’s terms and conditions
  • Entrants must agree to their name and a photographic image of the artwork being reproduced, published, transmitted or otherwise communicated to the public, for promotional and awareness purposes associated with the competition
  • Entrants must ensure that no element of their artwork entry or its eventual publication or exhibition, as contemplated by the competition’s terms and conditions, infringes the copyright of any third party or any laws.


  • must be the original work of the artist completed within the last two years
  • must not have been previously submitted in other seniors-related art competitions within Australia
  • ideally, should be about 30x42cm in size (contact COTA for more information)
  • maybe completed in a range of materials including watercolours, oil or acrylic paint, pencil, crayon, charcoal or mixed media (see more detail below).


  • Entries (artwork plus entry form) must be delivered to the CAW studio between 1.00–3.00pm Friday 16 April 2021, or taken directly to the COTA office by 5.00pm, Friday 16 April 2021 (located within the Hughes Community Centre complex, adjacent to Hughes Shopping Centre, 2 Wisdom Street, Hughes ACT)
  • Entry Forms must be fully completed and include an image title and a brief description of each artwork, to assist the Judging Panel
  • Entries must be carefully wrapped as COTA ACT’s staff will collect them and transport them to their office.


  • Works on paper: charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, graphite, ink, pen, crayon or stylus
  • Watercolour, including gouache
  • Pastel
  • Oil or acrylic painting
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Print, including, but not limited to, etching, linoleum block, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, silkscreen, and calligraphy.

The Exhibition Program

  • Following the completion of the judging process and the competition’s awards ceremony, all finalists’ entries, and other entries selected at the Judge’s discretion, will be exhibited at selected venues across the ACT from Thursday 28 April to Thursday 16 September 2021, as part of the 2021 Silver is Gold Festival.
  • Some of these entries will be featured as photographic images in various print media publications.
  • All artworks will be made available for collection from the CAW studio or COTA ACT’s office at the conclusion of the Exhibition Program. Entrants will be notified by either email or telephone.

The Judging Process and Awards Ceremony

  • The Judging Panel will comprise a professional artist (nominated by CAW), CEO of COTA ACT, and two major sponsors
  • Entries will be judged on which are the most original, interesting and complimentary to the themes of the competition
  • The Judging Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The Judging Panel may decide not to award all or any prizes in any category if in its opinion no suitable entries were received
  • Finalists will be notified by phone, mail or email within 7 days of the completion of the judging process
  • Prizes and framed award certificates will be awarded to all finalists in each category of the competition. Competition entrants may also be selected to receive an Encouragement Award
  • Judges have the discretion to award certificates for excellence in participation by ACT Government or non-Government Pre-schools, Primary Schools, High Schools, Secondary Colleges, community organisations, ACT Retirement Villages or Aged Care Centres
  • Category place-getters will be announced at the competition’s awards ceremony, on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Prizes and framed awards certificates will be presented by the ACT Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, or such other person, as determined by COTA ACT.


  • Copyright of all artworks submitted remains with the respective entrants
  • However, each entrant agrees to allow publication of photographic images of their artworks in any COTA ACT publication, its website and/or in any promotional, marketing or advertising collateral and have no objections to a photographic image of the artwork being published or used in any medium for any purpose. The name of the person who submitted the images will be acknowledged in the publication.


  • All entrants release COTA ACT from any and all causes of action, losses, liability, damage, expense (including legal expenses), cost or charge suffered, sustained or in any way incurred by the winner as a result of any loss or damage to any physical property of the winner, or any injury to or death of any person arising out of, or related to, or in any way connected with the competition.