Entries open for Bundaberg Art Prize ’19

Bundaberg Arts Festival president Phil Oakley and Bundaberg Regional Council Manager Arts and Culture Rod Ainsworth
Bundaberg Arts Festival president Phil Oakley and Bundaberg Regional Council Manager Arts and Culture Rod Ainsworth

Bundaberg Art Prize ‘19 is set to draw the best artistic talent from the Bundaberg Region and beyond with a significant $20,000 total prize pool.

Bundaberg Arts Festival president Phil Oakley said the $10,000 major prize made it the most prestigious art prize ever to be offered in the Bundaberg Region.

“This much-anticipated relaunch of the Bundaberg Arts Festival introduces a number of exciting developments to what has been a highly successful local art competition for more than 40 years,” Mr Oakley said.

“Such a noteworthy prize is sure to entice many Bundaberg Region artists to enter and will also encourage entries from further afield.

“Competition of this calibre can have lasting effects on our local arts community. Being exposed to high quality works from other areas can contribute to artistic development and it’s inspiring to see new and different techniques and ideas.”

There will also be $2000 section prizes offered for easel works, works on paper, digital work and 3D work and an award recognising an emerging artist.

Mr Oakley said the region’s business community had come together to make it possible.

“There’s no major sponsor as such for our $10,000 prize. It’s essentially been crowdfunded which makes it more exciting in a way.

“The community has joined forces to say ‘this is something worth supporting’ and that’s what has made such a significant event a reality.”

Bundaberg Art Prize '19 entries to be splashed across CBD

He said in another exciting development works entered in the Art Prize would be displayed in vacant shops in the town centre giving people the chance to exhibit their work in the CBD.

“People will be able to discover art in different locations across the Bundaberg CBD,” Phil said.

“It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the creative talent found in our region and bring art to the people.”

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters encouraged local artists to support the initiative.

“The Bundaberg Art Prize ’19 is an innovative way for the Bundaberg Arts Festival to showcase the skills and talent that our artists possess,” Cr Peters said.

“Displaying works in the CBD will add colour and vibrancy to our main street and raise the profile of competition entrants.”

Entrants also have the opportunity to be judged by renowned art lecturer and ABC Nightlife regular Lorraine Kypiotis.

Ms Kypiotis holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Sydney in Renaissance Studies and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Sydney.

To enter and for more information on entry terms and conditions head to bundabergartprize.com.au. Entry forms are also available from Art Plus at 15 Electra Street and Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries in Bundaberg and Childers.

Key dates

Friday 30 August
Entry forms and entry fees for all sections must be received by 5 pm

Sunday 15 September
Delivery of art work between 10 am – 3 pm

21 – 29 September
Festival open to the public from 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday 21 September
Awards night

Sunday 29 September
Collection of artwork between 10 am – 3 pm


  1. Would you be able to email me an entry form for the Bundaberg art prize exhibition ’19, if not then can you tell me where i could access one from. Many thanks

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