Entries open for $24,500 landscape art prize

The Royal Agricultural Society of WA is welcoming entries for the 2020 Perth Royal Art Prize which will feature as part of the programme for the Perth Royal Show, in September this year.

The prize – one of the most prestigious art competitions in Western Australia – is the leading prize for landscape art in the state, attracting entries in a diverse range of styles and mediums from established and emerging artists alike. First prize is a generous $20,000 and there are two Highly Commended Prizes.

First awarded in 1974, the Perth Royal Art Prize is distinguished by providing artists with an opportunity to show their work to a combined audience of over 300,000 across the eight-day Perth Royal Show – Western Australia’s largest annual community event.

Aside from the opportunity to show their work to the general public, the exhibition presents an excellent space for entrants to network; establish new contacts and find new markets for their work, at one of the state’s largest gatherings of artists.

For the Perth Royal Art Prize’s curator – Sandra Murray – the competition is of vital importance to the WA visual arts sector.

“As the only prize in the state which is dedicated to landscape, the Perth Royal Art Prize provides an annual exhibition of newly created, contemporary art and supports WA artists with a unique opportunity to exhibit their work on a significant stage. The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre.

“We’ve seen a rise in the number of entries in the past few years, illustrating the value that Western Australian artists place on this competition and the positive experiences many have had in entering and seeing their work on display.

“For an artist to be selected to exhibit is a ‘win’ in itself, because there is such a large audience and that exposure can deliver many benefits.”

Aside from the main exhibition, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA operates a Salon exhibition as part of its Perth Royal Show programme. This space is dedicated to those works which were not selected for the art prize itself but deemed worthy of exhibition.

“The Salon is a relatively new addition”, explains Sandra Murray. “It was introduced to the Perth Royal Show in 2018 and – since that time – has been highly successful in providing a platform for more artists to see their work in a curated, professional art exhibition.

“I encourage artist to apply, as every year there are often artists who apply for the first time who are accepted as finalists or into the Salon.”

Entries for the 2020 Perth Royal Art Prize open on Monday 2 March 2020 and close on Sunday 5 July 2020.

For more information, including entry criteria and exhibition dates, visit: perthroyalshow.com.au/perthroyalartprize or email art@raswa.org.au

Information for editors: The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) is a not-for-profit, apolitical organisation based in Perth, WA. RASWA’s role is to promote the significance of rural Western Australia and the state’s primary industries.

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.

Image: 2019 Winner Tim Burns Sacred rocks Gwambygine 2019 (detail) acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA

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