Entries Open for $23,500 Perth Royal Art Prize

The 2019 Perth Royal Art Prize – one of the most prestigious art competitions in Western Australia – is now open for entries.

The prize for landscape attracts entries in a broad spectrum of styles and mediums from artists across urban and rural WA with the mission of promoting the rich pool of artistic talent within the state. The prize, first awarded in 1974, is open to both established and emerging artists, with the rare opportunity for artists to see their work on public display during the Royal Perth Show in September this year.

Sandra Murray, Art Curator for the Perth Royal Art Prize, said: “The Perth Royal Art Prize offers a unique opportunity for artists, as it is the only art prize in the state dedicated to landscape.

“The exhibition is of great importance to the art community in providing an unmatched annual show of new, contemporary art, supporting Western Australian artists on a nationally significant platform.”

The Perth Royal Art Prize has seen a significant rise in entries in recent years as artists compete not only for the significant cash prize, but for the prestige of being chosen as a finalist, opportunity to establish new contacts and find new markets for their work by securing a place at one of the highest attended exhibitions in the state.

The addition of the ‘Salon’ in 2018 – a space dedicated to those works which missed out on selection for the official exhibition – created an even greater opportunity for artists to get their work in front of the general public and increase their exposure. The Salon will return for 2019.

Penny Coss, who won the prize in 2018, encourages artists to enter: “I’d known about the Perth Royal Art Prize for a few years, but last year was my first time entering. I had a piece that I thought was particularly special and it was wonderful to win among such a high standard of art and artists.

“There are very few exhibitions in WA that have such broad appeal. Being part of the Perth Royal Show means that people who might usually never contemplate visiting an art gallery, or might find the idea intimidating, get a chance to see some of the best landscape works in the state, all on display, in one place. I think it’s of real benefit to artists and the public alike.

“The prize money itself has been an enormous help. I had been contemplating giving up my studio because of the cost but the Perth Royal Art Prize allowed me to keep it and pay my expenses for two years.”

Entries for 2019 will close on 7 July with winners to be announced on 23 September. For more details, visit  https://entries.perthroyalshow.com.au.

The Perth Royal Art Prize exhibition will be open for public viewing from 24 September – 26 September from 6pm to 8pm (admission free), and during the 2019 Perth Royal Show, Saturday 28 September to Saturday 5 October 2018, from 9am to 8pm. General Show admission prices apply during the 2019 Perth Royal Show.

Further Details:

  • First Prize: $20,000 (Non-acquisitive)
  • Highly Commended (Two Prizes) – Each Prize: $1500 Domestic Transport Art Voucher Sponsored by IAS Fine Art Logistics
  • People’s Choice Award: $500

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RASWA is also responsible for the organisation and management of Western Australia’s largest annual community event, the Perth Royal Show and the prestigious Perth Royal Food Awards.

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Contact: Robert Davies – Public Relations and Communications

(08) 6263 3104 / robert.davies@raswa.org.au