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Annual Art Awards – Springsure

The Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards – Springsure is the Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery’s premier art event.

Established and emerging local artists can submit entries in up to seven categories, with prize money ranging up to $1,000 for council’s acquisitive awards.


Key dates 2021

5 March Opening night and award presentations

  • How to enter

    Entries are due at the Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery in Springsure in February 2021. Dates to be announced.

  • Award categories

    Category one | Easel-based works

    Artworks can be any medium, including mixed media, acrylic, oil, collage, print and more. Artworks should be on a non-paper-based support.

    First prize – $800


    Category two | Works on paper

    Artworks must be on paper and can include drawings, watercolour, collage, mixed media, print and more.

    First prize – $800


    Category three | Three-dimensional and fibre works

    Artworks can be freestanding or wall hung and include pottery, sculpture, maquette, carving, assemblage, timber, metal, stone, plastic, fibre, mosaic and more.

    First prize – $800


    Category four | Photography and digital art

    This category is for non-manipulated images, digital art and manipulated photography.

    First prize – $500


    Category five | Black and white

    Artworks must be in black and white and can be of any medium and in any format.

    First prize – $500


    Category six | Juvenile – 13 to 17 years

    Artworks can be in any medium and in any format.

    First prize – $300
    Second prize – $75


    Category seven | Juniors – 12 years and under

    Artworks can be in any medium and in any format.

    First prize – $150
    Encouragement – $50

  • Judges' awards

    Central Highlands Regional Council Artist Artwork Award

    Selected by the judge(s), the Central Highlands Regional Council Artist Artwork Award is an acquisitive prize selected from entries in categories one to three. The award comes with a $1,000 prize. Artworks must be listed for sale to qualify for this award.


    Central Highlands Regional Council Artist Photograph Award

    Selected by judges, the Central Highlands Regional Council Artist Photograph Award is an acquisitive prize selected from entries in categories four and five. It comes with a $1,000 prize. Artworks must be listed for sale to qualify for this award.


    People’s Choice Award

    Voted by guests at the opening and awards presentation night, the People’s Choice Award comes with a $200 prize.

  • Terms and conditions

    The Central Highlands Regional Galleries (CHRG) is the proud organiser of the Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards – Springsure.

    General information and eligibility

    1. All works and concepts must be the original, bona fide and unaided work of the entrant and created during the twelve months prior to the awards.
    2. A limit of TWO (2) entries only per exhibitor, per category will be accepted.
    3. No work may be eligible for more than one prize or category, except for the acquisitive awards.
    4. Group entries: If work is collaborative, all artists must be named, and give consent for entry. If the artwork wins a prize, prize money will be allocated equally between the group entrants.
    5. Artworks marked “not for sale (NFS)” will not be eligible for the acquisitive awards.
    6. To be eligible for the Juvenile Award, entrants must be between 13 and 17 years of age before the date of entry and be a resident of the Central Highlands.
    7. To be eligible for the Junior Award, entrants must be aged 12 years or under before the date of entry and be a resident of the Central Highlands.
    8. The council reserves the right to reproduce works for the purposes of marketing and promotion of the awards, and shall not be liable to pay any fee, royalty, commission or any other form of remuneration to any exhibitor for such rights.
    9. All entrants must be Australian residents.
    10. Acquisitions will be at the discretion of the council’s selection panel and judge(s), and in line with the council’s Art Collection Policy. Any acquired work becomes part of the council’s art collection.
    11. The recipients of the acquisitive awards agree to accept the prize pool of $1,000 and forfeit any differences with relation to sale price.
    12. Payment will be made to the artists after the end of the exhibition when the council has received payment for the work in question.
    13. The council is not registered for GST; therefore, commissions and entry fees do not include GST.
    14. Exhibitors are advised that if you are registered for GST, it is your responsibility to include GST in your sale price. If you win a prize, GST will not be added to the prize money.
    15. If an artwork has previously won an art gallery award, it is ineligible for entry.
    16. Each entry must be clearly marked on the back or underside with
      • name
      • title of work
      • category
      • sale price of work (including GST)
      • if work is not for sale (NFS), a value is required for insurance purposes.
    17. No work may be eligible for more than one prize or category, except for the Acquisitive Award and the Youth Encouragement Award.
    18. Collaborative works: all artists must be named and consent for entry. Any prize money will be allocated equally between the group entrants.
    19. All works that require hanging must be framed professionally and/or prepared for hanging with two D-rings attached to the frame. 3D works that require hanging must have suitable hanging mounts.
    20. Unframed work will NOT be accepted. Gallery-standard stretched, edged canvases are considered framed and will require D-rings for hanging purposes. Thin canvases must be framed.
    21. Hanging works must not exceed an area of 1.25m2, framed. Standing works must not exceed 1m2 floor space unless prior approval is sought.
    22. CHRG reserves the right to exclude any work deemed to not meet the standards of the exhibition.
    23. Efforts will be made to hang all entries. If entries exceed available exhibition space the curator reserves the right to select final artwork hung for the exhibition. The artists involved will be informed.

    Judging

    1. The judge(s) will be selected by CHRG.
    2. All accepted artworks will be judged.
    3. The judge(s) reserves the right to not award a prize in any category if no entries are considered suitable.
    4. The judge(s) reserves the right to disqualify an artwork that, in their opinion, is copied or incorrectly entered.
    5. The judge’s decision, in conjunction with council’s CEO, is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Individual feedback will not be provided.

    Delivery and collection

    1. A non-refundable $10.00 fee is required per entry for categories one to five. A non-refundable fee of $5.00 is required per entry for category six. A non-refundable fee of $2.00 is required per entry for category seven. Late payments will not be accepted and will result in applications being withdrawn.
    2. Artwork must be delivered to the Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery, 29 Eclipse Street, Springsure 4722 by due date. Late artworks will not be accepted.
    3. All artworks will be available for personal collection from the Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery after the exhibition. Entries not collected within six weeks of that date will become the property of council unless prior arrangement has been made.
    4. Artworks will only be released upon proof of identification.

    Insurance and freight

    1. Council takes care in exhibiting and handling entries; however, accepts no liability for any loss or damage, either in transit, during installation or while on display.
    2. Forward and return freight is the responsibility of the artist to arrange and pay directly to the courier or transport company. Artworks not received by the specified delivery date will not be judged or exhibited and entry fees will be forfeited. Return freight must be prepaid. Consignment notes, prepaid vouchers or stamps etc. must be enclosed with the entry form. CHRG will not be responsible for storage or transportation of such artworks.
    3. If return freight is required, a consignment note, receipt number, stamps, prepaid voucher etc. is to be forwarded with artwork and/or entry fee. If monies for freight are not enclosed, artwork will be returned at artist’s expense.

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