How do I register?

Registrations are now closed from 2022.

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. 

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.

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 2022 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 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)

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?

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.

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.