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Call for entries – Darebin Art Prize 2021

23 July 2021 - 2 September 2021

The $10,000 Darebin Art Prize is a biennial multi-medium award for excellence in contemporary visual art. The Darebin Art Prize is open to artists living and working in Australia. It is an acquisitive award, as well as a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. All visual art forms are welcome.

Hayley Millar Baker | Artist & Darebin Art Prize 2019 Winner
Kimberley Moulton | Curator & Writer
Jon Butt | Curator, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Entries are now closed.

Entry Fee: $30 per entry / Entries are free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Terms and Conditions - Darebin Art Prize 2021

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

I am a Darebin staff member. Can I enter the Darebin Art Prize?
No. The Darebin Art Prize is not open to Darebin staff members.

I don’t have a Paypal account. How do I make payment?
Once you click the submit button, you will be redirected to PayPal Checkout to complete your payment. Your application is not complete until you make payment and receive a payment receipt.
You do NOT need a PayPal account to use PayPal Checkout, just select the “Pay with a Card” button at the bottom of the page.

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 but not limited to: painting, sculpture, video, ceramic, installation, drawing, printmaking, photography, performance, craft, etc…

Who can enter the Darebin Art Prize?
Artists may be of any age. Artists entering the prize must live and work 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?
Click on the 'Apply now' link, above. If you are having trouble applying due to disability or accessibility issues, you can contact us on 03 9496 1060 / bundoorahomestead@darebin.vic.gov.au (Wednesday – Friday) and we can support you.

Does it cost to enter?
Yes, a non-refundable $30 handling fee is required for each artwork submitted. Entries are free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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 a limit of two entries per artist.  However a non-refundable $30 handling fee will be charged for each submission (entries are free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). 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 2019 and 2021.

Can I submit an artwork that has been shown before in another gallery?
Yes, artists may submit work that has already been shown.

Can I submit a work that has previously been shown in an art prize?
Yes, artists can submit a work that has already been shown in an art prize.

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.

What is the maximum duration for video works that can be submitted for the prize?
There are no limits on duration of video works for the Darebin Art Prize.

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 labelled 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 from Bundoora Homestead Art Centre between Wednesday 16 March to Saturday 19 March 2022 during the hours 11am-4pm. Finalists’ artwork is required to be shown for the duration of the exhibition.

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