Emerging Artist Award

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The City of South Perth's Emerging Artist Award provides upcoming artists and arts students with the opportunity to exhibit their work to the wider community, as well as a chance to share in a $9,750 prize pool provided by the City of South Perth and our generous sponsors. 

In 2019, the City of South Perth’s annual Emerging Artist Award Exhibition will be open to the public in the South Perth Community Hall from Friday 18 October until Saturday 26 October 2019.

The Exhibition provides a great opportunity for community members and visiting art lovers to see new works by talented emerging artists. You can vote for your favourite piece to win the People’s Choice Award or purchase an artwork for your personal collection.

Important Dates for 2019

Entries Open: 9am, Monday 5 August 2019

Entries Close: 4pm, Monday 9 September 2019

Exhibition Open: 18–26 October 2019 (closed Sundays)

Emerging Artist Award Informal Information Session

To find out how to prepare and present your artwork for the Awards exhibition, come along to our Emerging Artist Award Informal Information Session hosted by Curtin University on Wednesday 28 August 2019 at 12-1pm. Cost is free however bookings are essential. Book here.

Subscribe to the City’s e Newsletter, and follow the City’s Facebook page to stay up to date with information about events and activations being planned in association with the Emerging Artist Awards.

Artists interested in entering the awards should read the 2019 Emerging Artist Award Terms and Conditions.

To enter, artists should complete and submit the online entry form.

With your entry form, please include:

  • An artist statement (max. 100 words)
  • A high quality digital image (.jpeg format) of your artwork (file no larger than 2MB), suitable for judging and for possible inclusion in an exhibition catalogue
  • An updated artist CV (no more than two A4 pages), or a brief artist profile statement if you don’t have a CV
  • A Statement by Supplier Form if you do not have an ABN.

Entries must be received by 4pm, Monday 9 September 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

Artists who are not able to submit their entry form online should contact the City to make alternative arrangements.

Artists whose works are selected for the exhibition must be prepared to pay a non-refundable administration fee of $30 for general entries and $20 for youth entries (25 years and under).

Our premium sponsor White Frame is able to assist you with the framing of your work and is currently offering all 2019 Emerging Artist Award exhibitors a 15% discount on framing. All artwork will need to be delivered to White Frame by close of business Tuesday 8 October 2019 to have the framing ready for delivery to the City or White Frame can deliver the framed artworks to the City on your behalf. Please contact White Frame on 9450 4355 to book in your framing and to discuss your needs, or visit their website for more information.

2019 Judges

The City of South Perth is delighted to have the expertise of four experienced local arts professionals assisting with selecting works for exhibition, selecting category prize winners and curating the exhibition.

The 2019 Emerging Artist Award judges are:

Susan Starcken, Artist and Art Collection Curator at Edith Cowan Univeristy

Jana Braddock, Artist and Gallery Curator at Heathcote Cultural Precinct, City of Melville

Sharyn Egan, Artist     

The 2019 Emerging Artist Award Exhibition will be curated by:

Ron Nyisztor, Artist and Director Nyisztor Studios



The City recognises the support of all 2019 Emerging Artist Award Premium and Prize sponsors who have helped to support the growth and development of emerging artists in the City of South Perth. If you are a local business or organisation wanting to support the City's Emerging Artist Award, contact us to discuss your sponsorship opportunities.

Premium and Prize Sponsors

Liquor Barons on Angelo
Preston Street IGA Logo web
Explore Curtin
White Frame

Prize Sponsors

John McGrath MLA
Soco Realty

2018 Exhibition video



Photos of Emerging Artist Award winners were published on the City's Facebook and Flickr Gallery.

To request a copy of any of the award photos, please contact the City's events team on 9474 0777 or email events@southperth.wa.gov.au.