Melville Contemporary is a new biennial art prize. It is selective, acquisitive, and open to professional artists based in Western Australia.

In 2021 it will award a $15,000 main prize and a $2,000 highly commended prize (non-acquisitive). Artists apply online and entry is free. Applications are open 1 February – 7 June 2021.

Melville Contemporary is an initiative of the City of Melville and Goolugatup Heathcote. Finalists will be exhibited at Goolugatup in July 2021.

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What: Melville Contemporary is a new biennial art prize open to professional artists based in Western Australia.

Why: The prize supports great contemporary work by WA visual artists.

How: Artists submit one artwork online, entry is free. Applications are checked against selection criteria, and then passed to a judging panel to select finalists for exhibition. Once on exhibition, the judging panel awards the $15,000 main prize (acquisitive) and the $2,000 highly commended prize (non-acquisitive).

Who: This prize is only open to professional artists – those with recognised exhibition history and/or relevant formal education. Artists must be living and working in WA, and be Australian citizens or permanent residents. (Note the City of Melville also offers non-professional art prizes.)

Where: Goolugatup Heathcote – Collections Gallery, 58-60 Duncraig Rd, Applecross WA 6153.

When: Applications open 1 Feb – 7 June 2021, and finalists are notified 18 June. Prizes are awarded 2 July 2021. Exhibition continues from 3 July.

What sort of artwork is eligible?

  • Art made in the last 24 months is eligible for entry (after Feb 2019).
  • Artwork can be any medium, 2D, 3D or digital.
  • In 2021 there are size limitations: 2D work 110cm x 110cm. 3D work 100l x 100w x 200h.
  • Video work must be suitable for display on a TV monitor.

How can I enter?

  1. Applications are by online form.
  2. Submit image or video of artwork by URL link. Maximum 1 work per artist.
  3. Short artist statement. 300 words max.
  4. Link to up-to-date CV.
  5. Link to website.

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Applications Closed

Presented by the City of Melville & Goolugatup Heathcote