Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award is an annual program providing a unique opportunity for young (from secondary school age up until 25 years) and older emerging (at the beginning of their professional creative careers) artists to exhibit their work in a public exhibition and to compete with peers for prizes.

The Emerging Artist Award is a selected exhibition – a panel of independent arts industry professionals select artists to be invited by the City to exhibit their artwork and compete for several awards.

Take a virtual tour of the 2023 Emerging Artist Exhibition.

News Listings

October 2023

Ningaloo Turtle the people's choice

News Update 17 October 2023

Salter Point local Amber Bennison has taken out the SOCO Realty People's Choice Award at this year's Emerging Artist Award.


Emerging artists on show

Media Release 6 October 2023

Local and emerging artists were on show at the City's annual Emerging Artist Awards presentation night. Zali Morgan, was the recipient of the major $5,000 prize for her seven colour reduction linocut, Birthing Site.

2023 Award Categories

City of South Perth - Open Award ($5,000)

All artworks in the exhibition are considered for this award and it will be awarded to the most outstanding artwork.

Winner: Zali Morgan, Birthing Site

The Karalee on Preston - Local Theme Award ($1,000)

Any artwork depicting, in title or content, the City of South Perth’s natural or built environment, lifestyle, personalities and landmarks can be nominated for this award.

Winner: Olive Cheng, Walk to the Rosemount from South Perth

Highly commended: Jazmin Mckechnie, Resonance in Frames

Geoff Baker MLA - City of South Perth Resident Award ($1,000)

Artists living in the City of South Perth (South Perth, Kensington, Como, Manning, Salter Point, Karawara and Waterford) are eligible for this award.

Winner: Georgie Moss, Bursting at the Seams 

Highly commended: Jodie Smith, Erosion

Preston Street IGA - Secondary School Artist Award ($1,000)

The Secondary School Artist Award is only open to students who are of secondary school age on 4 September 2023.

Winner: Taj Garmony, 365

Highly commended: Shanae Maher, Crushed

City of South Perth - Young Artist Award ($1,000)

The Young Artist Award is open to artists who are aged between 18 and 25 years on 4 September 2023.

Winner: Loren Retta, A World Away

Highly commended: CCF- CClean Freak, A Son's Duty

City of South Perth - Works on Paper Award ($1,000)

Works on paper including prints, photography, drawings, collage and two-dimensional mixed-media works on paper may be nominated for this award.

Winner: Janice Oliver, Reli(e)ving the Ruins of my Life

Highly commended: Vidhyaasagar Vijayakumar, Resurrection of the Dying Tradition

White Frame - Painting Award ($1,000)

Painted works in oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels and two-dimensional mixed media works on canvas or board may nominate for this award.

Winner: Leah Pirone (LAH), 7pm

Highly commended: Jiali Jiang, Fragments of Memories about the Commodity - Heineken Beer

Liquor Barons on Angelo - Sculpture/Textiles Award ($1,000)

All three-dimensional works and creative textile-based works may be nominated for this award.

Winner: Zoe Edwards, Protector Creature

Highly commended: Felicity Bodycoat, Ellipse Series 2

John Curtin Gallery - First Nations Artist Award ($1,000)

Works entered by artists identifying as First Nations Australians are eligible for this award. 

Winner:  Taylor Gollan, Landing Zone (Coloured)

Highly commended:  Anthea Corbett, Dreamtime

Soco Realty - People’s Choice Award ($750)

All artworks in the exhibition will be considered for this award. The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the artwork that receives the most public votes during the exhibition.

The People’s Choice winning artwork will be reproduced in large scale and pasted up in the undercroft carpark at Coles Supermarkets at Angelo Street, alongside previous winners.

Winner: Amber Bennison, Ningaloo Turtle

2023 Judges

Gary Dufour

Gary Dufour is an art historian based in Mount Claremont and Adjunct Assoc. Professor, School of Design, University of Western Australia. Dufour is a specialist in international modern and contemporary art, and a recognised authority on artists such as Jeff Wall, Guido Molinari, Howard Taylor, and Max Pam. He is an approved valuer on post-1940 Australian and International Art by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program register.

Ron Bradfield Jr

Ron Bradfield Jr is a saltwater man from Bardi Country in Broome who grew up in Nhanda Country, Geraldton and now lives in Whadjuk Boodjar (Perth). Having worked across the arts in regional and metropolitan Western Australia for over 15 years as an artist, storyteller and facilitator, Ron curates cultural conversations across all levels of our communities. Currently Ron is the CYO (Chief Yarning Officer) of Yarns R Us and the Community Engagement Coordinator- Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling, (John Curtin Gallery ) Curtin University.

Ross Potter

Ross Potter is a Kamilaroi man living and working full time as an Artist on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, Walyalup/Fremantle. He works with graphite and paper to produce highly detailed, often large-scale representations of his subjects. One of his well-known works is the life-size sketch of Perth Zoo’s elephant Tricia for Fremantle Arts Centre’s Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids Exhibition. Ross has won many art awards, most notably a finalist in The Lester Prize (BSPP) in 2015 and 2017 and winner of the Leonora Art Prize in 2019.


Ron Nyisztor

Ron Nyisztor was born in Fremantle and gained his Bachelor of Arts in Design at the WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1979. An important contributor to the Western Australian art scene, Ron set up and runs Nyisztor Studio, an independent artist run space in Melville. Ron is a successful and widely collected and exhibited visual artist and has held many curatorial positions at leading galleries and institutions throughout his career.


    The City recognises the support of all 2023 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 Sponsor

    White Frame
    Preston Street IGA Logo web
    Liquor Barons on Angelo

    JCG LOGO_colour

    Prize Sponsors

    John McGrath MLA
    Soco Realty


    Photos of Emerging Artist Award winners were published on the City's  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.