the 2021 copy
Hawkesbury River 2020

Important Dates

Please note that after careful consideration of new Covid Government Policy, the Hawkesbury Art Prize Committee has taken steps to update the art prize dates.

These changes are never easy with so many organisers, judges, committee members, politicians and sponsors all involved in organising their own work and social calendars. However, we have managed to juggle dates and in line with current social restrictions, push back and save the 2021 prize.

Thank you for your entries and understanding. Now you can relax with a bit more time to spare … or enter again …

Entries Open: 1st June 2021

Entries NOW Close: 5:00pm Friday 15th October 2021

27th October – Finalists notified

27th November – Opening night, awarding of prizes by Susan Templeman MP

27th November – 12th December 2021 – Exhibition of finalists

Streeton's Hawkesbury River 1896


First prize of $10,000 plus a two week at residency at Glenhuntly Estate in the Hawkesbury is awarded to the winning entry. Two highly commended prizes of $1000 plus an additional art residency are also awarded. Three eminent visual arts professionals judge the prize and select the finalists. The art prize is for a painting that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. Artists are invited to respond to the concept of contemporary identity in Australian life. Accordingly, the theme often helps artists explain the rapidly changing environment in which they live, or conversely, promotes diverse portrayals of history, landscape, place, and ways of seeing. The ensuing exhibition showcases the freshness and vitality of the creative artists that enrich our Australian communities. The winning works form an important collection of modern and contemporary art reflecting evolution in Australian identity, landscape and arts practice in the contemporary era. The prize has been set up in Hawkesbury as a not for profit project.