The Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards is an annual visual art prize and exhibition in the Central Highlands region.
Established and emerging artists of all ages can submit entries in up to five categories. From easel, paper-based and three-dimensional works to photography and digital art, each category comes with a $750 prize for first and $250 prize for second place.
Each year, judges award the prestigious Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award to the most outstanding work from all categories, recognise emerging and established local talent with the Central Highlands Regional Council Local Artist Award and celebrate up and coming artists with the Margaret Gibson Youth Award.
In style of an evening at the gallery, the awards night and exhibition opening has become a popular event in the Central Highlands social calendar. Artists and guests mingle over wine and platters, while nominating their favourite for the People’s Choice Award.
13 July | 5.00 pm | Entries close – $15.00 per artwork entry fee
27 July | 4.00 pm | Final day for artwork delivery
1 August | 6.30 pm | Official opening night and award presentation
3 August to 3 September | Mon – Fri | 9.00 am to 5.00 pm | Exhibition open
4 to 5 September | Fri 10.00 am to 4.00 pm | Sat 10.00 am to 12.00 pm | Artwork collection
Artworks can be on any medium, but not photographs or digital art.
Artworks must be on paper. Do not enter photographs or digital art in this category.
Artworks can be freestanding or wall hung.
This category is for non-manipulated images.
This category is for digital art and manipulated photography. Please don’t enter film camera images in this category.
Selected by judges, the Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award is open to any entries of the five categories. It comes with a $4,000 prize.
Selected by judges, the Central Highlands Regional Council Local Artist Award is open to any entries of the five categories by artists who live in the Central Highlands region. It comes with a $500 prize.
Selected by judges, the Margaret Gibson Youth Award is open to entries to any of the five categories by artists between 13 and 18 years of age. The award comes with a $250 prize.
Chosen by visitors on the awards night, the People’s Choice Award comes with a $250 prize.
The Central Highlands Regional Galleries (CHRG) is the proud organiser of the Central Highlands Regional Council (the council) Annual Art Awards 2020 held at Emerald.
General information and eligibility
Delivery and collection
Insurance and freight
|Category One (Easel-based works)
||Category Five (Digital art)
|Category Two (Works on paper)
||Central Highlands Regional Council Acquisitive Award
|Category Three (3D works)
||Central Highlands Regional Council Local Artist Award
|Category Four (Photography)
||Margaret Gibson Youth Award