How do I register?

Registrations are now closed. Registrations for the 2022 Art Prize will open in the New Year, with dates yet to be confirmed.

Am I eligible to register?

Artists of all ability 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. 

What is the theme this year?

This year's theme is "Identity: Individuality in a Modern World". The theme is open to interpretations of self, and individuality in a variety of formats from Australian artists. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder places pride in its rich multicultural history and diverse community, and this year's theme seeks to highlight the breadth of diversity and individuality within the local community.

The theme offers artists the opportunity to explore a range of concepts such as beginnings, ancestry, origins, belonging and identity. The Art Prize is a forum to share those stories and ideas, and to come together as a community. The City looks forward to receiving some exciting entries in the coming months, and artists can really get creative with this theme, and tailor it to their chosen medium. We encourage local artists, especially our young and emerging artists, to look at the theme, what identity means to them and how they can reflect it in their artwork.

Who are the judges this year?

Each year features an original judging panel who are 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 2021 will be announced shortly after registrations open.

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

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.

There are no limitations or restrictions in terms of the size of the artwork.

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?

Thank you to the following organisations for their support with Art Prize 2021:

Partner: Ali Kent MLA;
Sponsor: Northern Star, Evolution Mining and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
Supporter: EBM Insurance.

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.
If you live in Kalgoorlie or would like to drop off your artwork in person, collection dates are as follows:
Goldfields Arts Centre, 35 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie

  • Wednesday 11 August 2021 from 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday 14 August 2021 from 10am - 1pm

If you would like to drop off your artwork in Perth, the collection date is as follows:
Artist’s Chronicle, 130 South Street, Beaconsfield

  • Friday 6 August 2021 from 2pm - 4pm

We will also have collection points in Merredin, Leonora, Laverton and Esperance and collection will be Monday 9 August or Tuesday 10 August. 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.