Entries Due 27 July, 5pm

The $10,000 Darebin Art Prize is a biennial multi-medium award for excellence in contemporary visual art.


It is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents residing primarily in Australia.

It is an acquisitive award with a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. All visual art forms are welcome.



Entries Due | 27 July, 5pm

Finalists Notified | mid-September 2017

Finalists Deliver Works to Bundoora Homestead Art Centre | Monday 23 October  2017, 10am-5pm

Opening Night (winner announced) | Friday 27 October 2017 | 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates | 28 October 2017 – 4 March 2018

Finalists Collect Works | 5-6 March 2018 (11am-5pm)



David CROSS | Professor of Art and Performance, Deakin University

Lou HUBBARD | Artist

Claire WATSON | Curator, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre


Darebin Art Prize – Terms and Conditions



Please read our FAQs carefully. If you still have questions you can contact us on 03 9496 1060 / bundoorahomestead@darebin.vic.gov.au (Wed-Fri).

I’m having trouble paying – it isn’t working. What can I do?
Unfortunately sometimes the payment system doesn’t always work. If the payment didn’t work for you but you have submitted your application, you will receive an invoice and your entry will definitely be considered, so long as you pay this invoice by the date specified.


Are there any size restrictions?
No. Works just need to fit through a standard single door and be able to be lifted by two people. We expect artists to appreciate it is a group exhibition so there might be some raised eyebrows if an artist were to propose a work requiring 50sqm.


My work needs to be pinned to a wall. Is that possible?
We have to use 3M/ magnets rather than pins as we’re a heritage listed building and unfortunately we can’t pin directly in to the walls.


What media is allowed?
We’re inviting a range of media including: painting, sculpture, video, ceramic, installation, drawing, printmaking, photography, craft, etc…


Who can enter the Darebin Art Prize?

Artists may be of any age. Artists entering the prize must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, residing primarily in Australia. Artists entering the prize do not need to be represented by a gallery.


Do I have to live in Darebin’s municipality to enter?
The Prize is open to artists across Australia.


How do I enter?
Entries are now closed.


Does it cost to enter?
Yes, a non-refundable $30 handling fee is required for each artwork submitted.


What does acquisitive art prize mean?

The prize-winning entry, as determined by the judges, shall become Council property upon payment of prize money to the winning artist.


How many artworks can be submitted?

There is no limit to the number of works an artist may submit.  However a non-refundable $30 handling fee will be charged for each submission. Please note that only one artwork per artist will be selected for exhibition.


Is there a restriction on when the artwork was created?

Artists may enter original work created between 2015 and 2017.


Can I submit an artwork that has been shown before in another gallery?

Yes, artists may submit work that has already been shown. We recommend proposing a work that hasn’t been presented before at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.


If an artist enters the prize does it mean their works will automatically be exhibited?

No, due to the number of entries received, only artworks chosen as finalists will be exhibited.


Will Bundoora Homestead Art Centre cover freight of the artwork (delivery/return)?

No. Freight is the responsibility of the artist.


If selected as a finalist what is required of the artist in regards to their work?

Finalists’ work must be suitably framed and ready to hang or otherwise prepared for display and be labeled with the artist’s name, address and title of work. Any works damaged in transit or without an appropriate hanging system will not be presented for judging.


When can finalists collect their work?

Finalists must collect their work on Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th of March 2018. Finalists’ artwork is required to be shown for the duration of the exhibition.

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