CKB Art Prize FAQs

2024 Terms & Conditions changes

Please note below changes to CKB Art Prize 2024:

1. The Major Acquisitional prize has been decreased from $20,000 to $15,000. Prize money for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Artist category has increased form $3,000 to $4,000. All specific mediums have been increased from $1,000 to $3,000.

2. The total prize pool has been increased to $40,000 and is now being distributed across 10 categories.

3. Emerging Artist Award has been consolidated with Young Artist Award.

4. Golden Hands has been consolidated with People’s Choice Award.

5. The minimum age is lifted from 12 to 16 years old.

6. Size restriction has been decreased to 1.5m x 1.5m for both 2D and 3D works, inclusive of frames.

7. Weight restrictions now apply to 2D works, artworks weight must not exceed 10kg.

8. All artists artwork must remain as part of the exhibition for the first 3 weeks and then can be removed if purchased.

9. Artists who enter into CKB Art Prize 2024 are only eligible to win one awards category.


How do I register?

Registrations for the 2024 CKB Art Prize will open Monday 1 April.

To complete a registration form, click here.

Am I eligible to register?

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

  • 16 years of age and over; and
  • ​An Australian resident or;
  • Living in Australia for the last two years

​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. 

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?

To accommodate the large number of artworks entered into CKB Art Prize the following size restrictions apply:

The maximum size for any singular 2D or 3D artwork should be no more that 1.5 meters in any direction, including frame.

Diptychs and triptychs can be submitted, however, the diptychs and triptychs total measurements of combined panels are required to be within the 1.5m wide by 1.5m high measurements.

The weight of 2D work must be no more than 10kg.

What are the award categories?

All entries are eligible for:

  • Acquisitional Major Prize 
  • People’s Choice Award                      

Demographic specific:

  • First Nations Art Award - Eligible artists must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Artist - Eligible artists must currently reside in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 
  • Young Artist Award - Eligible artists must be aged 12 to 18 years

Medium Specific:

  • Best Painting
  • Best Photography
  • Best Works on Paper 
  • Best 3D works - sculpture & jewellery
  • Mixed-media and Textiles - installation, multi-media, video works, digital art, up-cycled

Work created by Artificial Intelligence will not be accepted into CKB Art Prize.

All entries are only eligible to win one prize category.

Who are the judges this year?

The Art Prize is judged by a panel of 3 art professionals who are well qualified and experienced in the visual arts.

Chosen judges have professional careers in the arts and are well versed in understanding the creative process.

The judges for 2024 will be announced shortly after registrations open.

What are the judges looking for?

A combination of an original idea and excellent technical skills to realise it is the key to creating art that engages interest and holds it. It is important to be clear about what message your artwork is delivering and what emotional impact it will have on the audience.

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.

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?

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

Artist Chronicle

130 South St, Beaconsfield

7 August - 2pm to 4pm

Esperance artwork drop off

Shire of Esperance Administration Building

77 Windich Street, Esperance

7 August - 9am to 12pm

Merredin artwork drop off

Merredin Library

22 Coronation Street, Merredin

7 August - 9am to 12pm

Menzies artwork drop off

Shire of Menzies Administration Building

124 Shenton Street, Menzies

7 August - 9am to 12pm

Laverton artwork drop off

Shire of Laverton Offices

9 MacPherson Place, Laverton

7 August - 9am to 12pm

Leonora artwork drop off

Leonora Community Resource Centre

(located inside of the J.G Epis Centre)

60 Tower Street, Leonora

7 August - 9am to 12pm

Kalgoorlie artwork drop off

Goldfields Arts Centre, Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie

10 August - 10am to 2pm

12 August - 10am to 2pm

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 0999 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.