Our Unearthed Art Prize aims to give new, up-and-coming artists an opportunity to join our stables and to develop their passion and career in the arts industry. Artists will be shortlisted for display at our gallery, with the winner being selected by our experienced Art to Art artists! A People’s Choice award winner will also be invited to display additional works for sale at our following Pop-Up Gallery.
Entrants have a chance to...
• Connect with the right audience of genuine art-lovers and collectors
• Be promoted across our social media platform, website, exhibition event and newsletter
• Associate and network with other professional artists
• Increase exposure of your work, to raise your profile and social media following
• Be seen and recognised for your talents
• Further develop your career
Our aim is to give new up-and-coming artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. Shortlisted finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and buyers alike at our first Exhibition of the year.
Main Prize: chosen by our experienced Art to Art artists, the winner will be invited to join our stable of talented artists, with ongoing opportunities to exhibit their works in Art to Art Gallery events and to be featured in advertising and newsletters.
Peoples Choice Prize: Voted for by visitors to the gallery, the People’s Choice winner will be given the opportunity to showcase a selection of 3 additional artworks at our following Pop-Up Gallery.
How to Enter?
Fill out the form below, detailing up to two artworks you would like to enter.
Artworks must be:
• 61 x 51 cm, (24" x 20") landscape or portrait oriented.*
• Original Unframed artwork on stretched canvas, ready to hang**
• Standard canvas depth of 4 cm, though this may vary slightly. No greater than 5cm.
• Signed on front or back (your choice)
• Dated and Titled on back of work
Subject matter and medium (oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolour, mixed media etc.) is up to you, express yourself and show us your style! An artist may submit no more than 2 artworks for consideration.
Shortlisted artworks will be available for sale at our following Pop-Up exhibition until the closing date for $550 each with $400 going to the artist. There is no entry fee however shortlisted artworks will be framed for presentation in a raw Tassie oak shadow-box frame, at a cost of $150. If you are chosen, an invoice for the frame cost will be forwarded to you for payment.
*This is an exact measurement. Not a minimum or maximum.
**Other base mediums may be entered, such as wood board or photographic prints. However if shortlisted framing cost may vary.
What is the criteria?
To enter you must be living in Australia and not have any current physical gallery representation in Victoria. Online representation is acceptable. There is no restriction regarding age, training or nationality. It’s open to artists with all levels of experience.
26 Jan 2022 Submissions close
1 Feb 2022 Notification to successful shortlisted artists with invoice for framing
Delivery of artwork
7 Feb all Artwork/s must be delivered to Art to Art: 130 Bulleen Road, Balwyn North Vic 3104
22 Feb Launch night of the Art Prize and Exhibition, finalists will be on display to the public
5 March Art Prize and People’s Choice Award Voting closes
7 March Winner of the Art Prize and People’s Choice Award announced
26 March Pop-Up closes
Collection of Artworks
28 March Shortlisted Artists to collect unsold works
Can my work be larger or smaller than 51 x 61 cm? No. In order for shortlisted artworks to be displayed and framed consistently in the gallery, we require all submitted works to be 51 x 61 cm.
Does my artwork have to be on stretched canvas? We encourage all kinds of artists to submit works to the Unearthed Art Prize. You can submit works created on other mediums, however if shortlisted you will need to organise your work to be framed to our specifications.
Can I submit photography? Photographic prints are accepted, but you will need to organise framing yourself if shortlisted.
Can I use mixed media, textiles, enamels, other mediums? Yes, so long as it is the correct size and can be framed as a stretched canvas.
Can I submit if I am interstate? Absolutely, the art prize is open to anyone within Australia. So long as you are able to get the artwork delivered or couriered to the gallery within the indicated timeframe if shortlisted, you are welcome to submit.
What image should I upload? Please upload an image of your completed artwork(s), face on and showing the whole artwork - make sure it is not cropped.
I'm having trouble uploading my work Please ensure any files you are uploading are below 2MB.
Check out our 2021 finalists!
Congratulations to our 2021 Winners, Jennifer Hopper and Belinda Blight.
We had some incredible finalists in our 2021 Unearthed Art Prize, flick through above or read all about them here.