Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art 2019 Call for Entries Open

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

Apply online through the Nillumbik Shire Council website here

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 

For more information contact Grace Longato, Curator and Creative Industries Officer on 9433 3131 or