The 2023 Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000 plus a 2-week artist residency in the Hawkesbury. The art prize is for a painting, drawing or work on paper that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. It has been set up as a not-for-profit project administered by the Hawkesbury Art Prize committee in association with Purple Noon Gallery, Glenhuntly Estate, the Pieter Huveneers Bequest and Bendigo Bank. An additional prize of $1,000 plus artist residency for ‘Highly Commended’, and also another $1,000 Highly Commended awarded to a local resident. A ‘Packers Prize’ is also awarded. Three judges will select the award winners. The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art both locally and nationally and increase awareness of art and cultural activity to the mutual benefit of the community, artists and students.  Profits establish scholarships for talented and deserving young artists. The art prize is now a biennial event. Further details can be found on


  1. 1.        Eligibility

2023 Entry is open to Australian citizens (or residents of 12 months or more) who are over the age of 18.

        2.     Entry Requirements

Eligible artists are invited to enter their artwork (up to 4 artworks) by completing this entry form and uploading digital images (high res, max 2 MB) of their work by 5.00 pm Friday, 21st July 2023.

The entry is to be the work of the entrant and has been completed in the last 12 months.

All entries must be submitted with a completed copy of this form.

The entrant has acquired all copyright clearances and other permissions necessary for the creation, promotion and exhibition of the work.

Entries submitted without the completed electronic entry form or not presented in the prescribed file format will not be considered.

A painting must not be larger than 1.0 x 1.5metres including frame (or equivalent size/area ratio).

Works must be clearly marked on the reverse with the artist’s name, address, contact details, the title of the work, medium, size and the current retail price (including GST) and full collection details. All paintings must be available for sale.

The Hawkesbury Art Prize will exercise all due care with the works submitted but will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered to any work while in transit or under its control. Each artist is responsible for their own insurance cover.

        3.     Entry Fee

An entry fee of $45 per painting entered – maximum 4 entries. It is not refundable and contributes to the not-for-profit project.

        4.     Closing Date

Entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm Friday 21st July 2023.

        5.     Selection of Finalists Exhibition of Work

The judging panel will select approximately 40 – 50 finalists for the Hawkesbury Art Prize Exhibition and Sale 2023.

All finalists will be notified by email by 2nd August 2023 if their painting has been selected for exhibition & final judging. These artworks will need to be delivered to the gallery by 22nd August 2023.

Successful entrants will be responsible for the freight of selected artworks to and from the exhibition venue.

All decisions by the judging panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Exhibition and sale date: Purple Noon Gallery 2nd September 2023 – Sunday 17th September 2023. The sale commission will be 35%.

Entrants allow Hawkesbury Art Prize to reproduce their artworks for the purposes of promotion.

        6.     Announcement of Prize Winners

The winners of the major prizes of the Hawkesbury Art Prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, 2nd September 2023.

The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 plus residency. An additional prize of $1,000 plus artist residency for ‘Highly Commended’, and also another $1,000 Highly Commended, The Bendigo Bank Award, to a local resident. A ‘Packers Prize’ is also awarded.

7.     Finalists Works Collection: Unless sold, artwork must be collected (during gallery hours) by the finalist or their authorised agent by no later than 30th September 2023. The committee will return unsold works that were received by courier/post if instructed to do so by the artist. Original suitable packaging will be re-used and all care will be taken to re-wrap the artwork and send it according to your instructions. You will be required to pay for the return postage/delivery. Works not collected by 30th September 2023 will incur a fee $2.50/day thereafter.