Art Prize FAQs

How do I register?

Registrations for the 2023 Art Prize have closed.

Am I eligible to register?

Artists of all abilities are invited to register, and must be:

  • 12 years of age and over; and
  • ​An Australian resident.

​Please note, some awards have specific categories which not all artists will be eligible to enter.
Entries are limited to one per person.

How much does it cost to register?

A non-refundable fee of $30.00 is required.  A limit of one registration per applicant applies. 

Registrations for the 2023 Art Prize have closed.

What is the theme this year?

This year for Art Prize, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is excited to announce there is no dedicated theme for the competition. After significant consultation with community art groups, artists, and creative professionals in Kalgoorlie-Boulder the consensus was to trial a year whereby there is no dedicated theme for the competition. Feedback confirmed that by doing so, the completion would attract more artists to enter the competition and provide increased time for artists to plan and create their works.

The 'no theme' offers artists the opportunity to explore a range of concepts without limitations. The City looks forward to receiving some exciting entries in the coming months, and artists can really get creative with this 'no theme' and tailor it to their chosen medium.

Is there an artwork size requirement?

The maximum size for any singular artwork is 2m wide by 1.5m high.

Diptychs and triptychs can be submitted however, the diptychs and triptychs total measurements of combined panels, are required to be

within the 2m wide by 1.5m high measurements.

What are the award categories?

All entries are eligible for:

  • Acquisitional Major Prize ($20,000)
  • People’s Choice Award ($500)
  • Packers Prize ($500)                           

Demographic specific:

  • First Nations Art Award - Eligible artists must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ($3,000)
  • Best Artwork by a Kalgoorlie-Boulder Artist - Eligible artists must currently reside in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder ($3,000)
  • Emerging Young Artist Award - Eligible artists must be aged 12 to 18 years ($2,000)
  • Emerging Artist Award - Eligible artists must be aged 19 to 25 years ($2,000)

Medium Specific:

  • Best Painting ($1,000)
  • Best Photography ($1,000)
  • Best Works on Paper ($1,000)
  • Best 3D works - sculpture & jewellery ($1,000)
  • Mixed-media and Textiles - installation, multi-media, video works, digital art, upcycled ($1,000)

Who are the judges this year?

Each year features an original judging panel that is well qualified and experienced in the visual arts. Three judges are chosen who have professional careers in the arts and are well versed in understanding the creative process.

The judges for 2023 will be announced shortly after registrations open.

What are the judges looking for?

A combination of a good idea and the skill to realise it is the key to creating art that engages interest and holds it. It is important to be clear about what you want to say and to know how you are going to approach the subject.

What is the judging process?

The task is very specific and the criteria on which the judging panel decide are clearly articulated. Following an independent assessment of the exhibition, the judges regroup to discuss and a unanimous decision is made on the best works in each category. 

The major award winning category takes careful consideration, with all three judges needing to shortlist their top three pieces and making a final decision on a majority vote.

How are the winners notified?

Winners will be announced at the Awards Night, and attendance is by invitation only. Art Prize entrants will receive two tickets per person to attend the Awards Night. All artists are encouraged to attend as the Major Acquisitional Prize is only claimable if the artist or their representative is in attendance (subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions at the time of the Awards Night).

Dress Code: Cocktail

The Awards Night is not a suitable event for children to attend.

Who are the Project Partners, Sponsors and Supporters of Art Prize this year?

This year's project partners, sponsors and supports will be announced shortly.

How do I get my artwork to Kalgoorlie?

If you live in Western Australia, we will organise freight of your artwork for you. The details are listed below, but as they could be subject to change, an email will be sent out once the registration period closes to confirm all of the locations, dates and times. The website will also be updated with full details once registrations close.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has arranged pick-up points at the below-mentioned locations.


Please ensure you adhere to the schedule as late entries will not be freighted.


Perth artwork drop off deadline

Artist Chronicle

130 South St, Beaconsfield

10 August - 2pm to 4pm


Esperance artwork drop off deadline

Shire of Esperance Administration Building

77 Windich Street, Esperance

10 August - 9am to 12pm


Merredin artwork drop off deadline

Merredin Library

22 Coronation Street, Merredin

10 August - 9am to 12pm


Menzies artwork drop off deadline

Shire of Menzies Administration Building

124 Shenton Street, Menzies

10 August - 9am to 12pm


Laverton artwork drop off deadline

Shire of Laverton Offices

9 MacPherson Place, Laverton

10 August - 9am to 12pm


Leonora artwork drop off deadline

Shire of Leonora Offices

Lot 16, Tower Street, Leonora

10 August - 9am to 12pm


Kalgoorlie artwork drop off

Goldfields Arts Centre, Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie

12 August - 10am to 3pm

13 August - 10am to 2pm

Please indicate if you would like to drop your artwork at one of these locations on your registration form. Dates and times will be confirmed once registrations close.

If you live outside Western Australia, you will need to arrange your own freight for your artwork.

If you are couriering your artwork please read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Delivery address: ART PRIZE 2021, Goldfields Arts Centre, 35 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430
  • Please notify the Events Team by phone on 9021 9600 if you are planning to send your artwork by courier and let them know the scheduled drop-off time.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure it is appropriately packaged and arrives safely.
  • Artwork must be received free of delivery charges.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure and check artwork is received and collected.