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The National Capital Art Prize

by | 27 Mar 2021 | Blog post

The National Capital Art Prize

Entries Open 30 March 2021

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.


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.

  • Open
  • First Nations
  • Landscape
  • Student

 Art Eligibility

The submitted artwork:

  • Must be a painting
  • Must be available for sale
  • Can be of any subject (such as a portrait, landscape, abstract or any subject matter)
  • Can be painted in any medium (such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil)
  • Must not exceed the size limit of 150x150cm
  • Must have been completed within the previous 12-month period, 1 July 2020–1 July 2021
  • Can be one of four different paintings entered by the same artist in any combination of the four categories, e. three entries in Landscape and one entry in Open or two entries in Open and two in First Nation or four in one category and so on.

Exhibition Opportunity

In addition to cash prizes, finalists will have their work on public display during the judging process. Prize winners in the Open, First Nations and Landscape categories also receive the opportunity for a solo or joint exhibition of their works following the competition.


General queries:

Phone: 0428 086 360

 About the 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.