call for entries for 'the churchie'


Entries open on Friday 24 April 2015 for one of Australia’s most reputed art awards - the churchie national emerging art prize 2015. ‘the churchie’ is a non-acquisitive emerging art competition with the overall winner receiving a cash prize of $15,000, donated by the prize money sponsor, Brand+Slater Architects. 

Since the prize was established by the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane in 1987, ‘the churchie’ has gained a reputation for talent-spotting breakthrough emerging artists. 

In 2014 ‘the churchie’ attracted 578 entries from artists from across Australia. The exhibition of 42 artworks, from 32 finalists included a range of painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media installation and new media works. 

Earlier this year, two of finalists from 2014 were featured by one of Australia’s leading art publications, Art Collector magazine, in the section “50 things collectors need to know in 2015”. 

Eligible entrants in ‘the churchie’ are emerging artists, with or without specialised training in their field, who are at an early stage of their career. They must be an Australian citizen or resident and aged 18 years and older. 

Entries close on Friday 22 May 2015 and finalists will be advised in June of their selection for the finalists’ exhibition.

The exhibition of finalists runs for four weeks, from 31 July to 29 August at the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG), at South Bank with the winner announced at the Official Opening + Prize Announcement reception that evening between 6-8 pm. To be featured in this high profile public contemporary art facility (GUAG) in Brisbane’s cultural precinct offers professional development opportunities for emerging artists by showcasing their practice to peers, collectors, art gallerists, museum curators, the media and the community at large.

For an entry fee of $50, entrants can submit up to three works completed in the 12 months prior to 24 April 2015.