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March 8 @ 8:00 am - April 12 @ 5:00 pm

Nillumbik Shire Council presents the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, a biannual acquisitive art prize open to emerging and established artists working in any medium across Australia. Artworks, responding to the themes of Place and Space can take any form, including (but not limited to) sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, installation, sound digital, video, performative. The Prize is presented in association with Montsalvat.

Three monetary prizes are applicable to the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art including:

Open Prize:                         $20,000 acquisitive

Local Prize:                         $10,000 acquisitive

People’s Choice Award:    $500 cash prize sponsored by Montsalvat

Shortlist selection panel

Kirsten Matthews, Consultant and Board Member, Bundoora Homestead and Art Centre
Patrick West, PhD Associate Professor in Writing and Literature, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University
Grace Longato, Curator and Creative Industries Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council

Finalist exhibition

Thursday 30 May – Sunday 21 July
Barn Gallery, Montsalvat
7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham

Prize Judges

Godwin Bradbeer, artist
Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art
Danny Lacy, Senior Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Key Dates

Entries open: 10am, Monday 11 February
Entries close: Midnight, Friday 12 April
All entrants notified by: Friday 26 April
Finalists to deliver works by: Sunday 26 May
Exhibition opening: 6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 30 May
Finalist exhibition: Thursday 30 May-Sunday 21 July
People’s Choice Award announced: Monday 22 July

How to apply

To complete the online form you will need the following:

  • Artist CV (no more than one page for each artist)
  • Artwork statement (max 100 words)
  • Image or video of artwork (up to two still images, JPG format, no less than 1MB; digital video or sound file formats)
  • Credit card for payment of entry fee
  • Read the conditions of entry in Related Information

Apply online

For more information contact Grace Longato, Curator and Creative Industries Officer on 9433 3131 or grace.longato@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Nillumbik Prize 2019


March 8 @ 8:00 am
April 12 @ 5:00 pm


Grace Longato
9433 3131


Barn Gallery, Montsalvat
7 Hillcrest Avenue,
Eltham, Victoria Australia
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