Emerging Artist Award

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The City of South Perth’s Emerging Artist Award 2021 will be open to the public for viewing and sales Friday 15 to Saturday 23 October 2021 at the South Perth Community Hall. The exhibition provides a great opportunity to see new works by talented emerging artists. Visitors to the exhibition can purchase artworks and nominate their favourite artwork in the Soco Realty People’s Choice Award.

A series of associated events to the Emerging Artist Award will be held during the exhibition period – the program of events will be released shortly.

The Emerging Artist Award, with a prize pool of over $11,000, provides young and emerging artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work to the wider community. Entries for the Emerging Artist Award 2021 will open on Monday 2 August and close at 4pm, Monday 6 September 2021.

Important Dates for 2021

Call for entries open: 9am, Monday 2 August 2021

Call for entries close: 4pm, Monday 6 September 2021

Exhibition open: Friday 15 October–Saturday 23 October 2021

Exhibition opening hours:

10am–4pm, Monday – Thursday
10am–6pm, Friday – Saturday
Closed Sunday

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2021 Award Categories

Artists are required to nominate on the entry form, which award category they wish their artwork to be considered for. Artworks will not be considered for any award category which the artist have not clearly nominated. 

City of South Perth – Open Award ($4,000)

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

The Karalee on Preston – Local Theme Award ($750)

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

Geoff Baker MLA – City of South Perth Resident Award ($750)

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

Preston Street IGA – Youth Award ($750)

The Youth Award is only open to students who are currently enrolled in a secondary school or are aged 25 years and under on 6 September 2021.

John Curtin Gallery – Aboriginal Artist Award ($750)

Works entered by artists identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander may nominate themselves for this award.

White Frame – Painting Award ($750)

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

Liquor Barons on Angelo – Sculpture/Textiles Award ($750)

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

City of South Perth – Works on Paper Award ($750)

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

Soco Realty – People’s Choice Award ($500)

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. Voting commences at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 14 October 2021 and concludes on Saturday 23 October 2021. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced via the City’s website and other channels after 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.

2021 Judges

The City of South Perth is delighted to have the expertise of three experienced local arts professionals assisting with the selection of works for the exhibition, determining the winners of each prize category (excluding People’s Choice Award) and the curation of the exhibition.

The Emerging Artist Award 2021 judging panel is:

  • Gok-Lim Finch - Gok-Lim is a freelance writer, arts worker and researcher. They were the Arts Administration Officer for the City of Albany, a project coordinator with Community Arts Network, and Project Officer at Propel Youth Arts WA. Currently. They are currently studying a PhD in history at UWA, and working as the Student Engagement Officer for Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. 
  • Tom Freeman - Tom graduated from Curtin University in 2007 with a BA (Fine Art). He has exhibited locally and nationally in many solo, group and award exhibitions with his practice spanning painting and sculptural processes. He is also the Install Coordinator at the Fremantle Arts Centre and was the curator of the 2018 25 Under 25 Art Award. 
  • Tui Raven - Tui is the former Acting Curator Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She runs her own business as a multi-skilled creative who specialises in Indigenous community engagement, research, writing, and art curating.

The Emerging Artist Award 2021 will be curated by Brent Harrison.


The City recognises the support of all 2021 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

Prize Sponsors

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John McGrath MLA
Liquor Barons on Angelo
Soco Realty

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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.