Emerging Artist Award

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 huge range of sponsored cash prizes. 

The City also hosts a variety of low cost workshops and professional development sessions which run alongside the Emerging Artist Award in August to September. The programme is open to all Award entrants as well as local community members. For more information visit the Evolve. Development programme page


Celebrating its fifteenth year, the 2017 Emerging Artist Award exhibition launch & awards presentation was held Thursday 21 September 2017 with 80 works on display.

Seven category award winners and six highly commended acknowledgements were announced at the launch. Selected works will be exhibited to the public in the South Perth Community Hall from Friday 22 September to Saturday 30 September 2017 and visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece or purchase artworks.

2017 Award winners:

City of South Perth | Open Award 

Matt Brown, The Telepon Boxes 

Karalee on Preston | Local Theme Award

Wade Taylor, Foreshore-Prelude

Preston Street IGA | Youth Award 

Ali Watson, Bored

John McGrath MLA | City of South Perth Resident Award

Robi Szalay, Sensory Release

White Frame | Painting Award (new)

Annie Huang, Sunshower

Liquor Barons on Angelo | Works on Paper Award (new)

Sam Bloor, Slide of Hand

City of South Perth | 3D Sculpture/Textiles Award (new)

Benjamin Bannan, Transposed (Iron)

Soco Realty | People’s Choice Award

Kelly Muller, Wattle Work    

Highly commended:

Highly Commended | Local Theme Award

Hock Hong Choo, 5/27 South Tce

Highly Commended | Youth Award

Izabella Kitching, Charcoal Figure

Highly Commended | City of South Perth Resident Award

Myra Mitchell, The New World

Highly Commended | Painting Award

Rachel Whiteman, Wirriya Dreaming

Highly Commended | Works on Paper Award

Tessa Beale, Shadow Study North Wing I & II

Highly Commended | 3D Sculpture/Textiles Award

Bert Floss, The Vanishing

Photo gallery


Mark Parfitt, Course Coordinator Fine Art, School of Design and Art, Curtin University

Judy Rogers, Artist 

Neil Elliot, Artist and Curator


The City recognises the support of all 2017 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

White Frame
Preston Street IGA Logo web

Prize Sponsors

Liquor Barons on Angelo
John McGrath logo colour 2017
Soco Realty
Karalee logo new