the churchie emerging art prize
  • Image: Installation view, the churchie emerging art prize, 2022. Photo: Joe Ruckli.


the churchie emerging art prize


20 May–19 August 202320 May–19 Aug 2023


the churchie emerging art prize has provided a platform to profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia since its inception in 1987 at Anglican Church Grammar School. In 2023 the Institute of Modern Art will present the 35th edition of the prize, marking the fifth presentation partnership between the two organisations.

Finalists are selected via an open call, which is assessed by leading national curators and artists. The selected finalists will be supported through professional curatorial advice, networking, practice development, and promotion, to present their best work on both a local and national stage.

Thanks to generous supporters, ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000, with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture. Previous winners include Nadia Hernandez, Emily Parsons-Lord, Pierre Mukeba, Sarah Morawetz, Michaela Gleave, Nina Sanadze, Emmaline Zanelli, and more.

As guest judge, we welcome Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator and Head of Indigenous Programs and Initiatives at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Call for entries

Entries are now open and close Monday, 13 March 2023, at 5.00pm AEST. Enter at

Entry to this annual prize is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Artists may submit up to five artworks for consideration, accompanied by an artist CV, and a 300-word artist statement.

Curated By
  • Sebastian Henry-Jones
Curator Bio

Sebastian Henry-Jones’ curatorial approach is led by an interest in DIY thinking. He looks to centre the needs, ideas and requirements of those that he works with, and so his practice is informed by striving for a personal ethics with sincerity, honest communication, learning, and poetry at its core.

Sebastian is the Curator at West Space, having worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the 22nd and 23rd editions of the Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN and rīvus. Sebastian has staged group exhibitions and independent projects across the East Coast of the continent. He is a co-founder of DIY and experimental arts platforms Desire Lines and Emerson, and former editor at Runway Journal. Seb graduated with a Masters of Art Curating in 2018 from the University of Sydney, and is currently based in Narrm/Melbourne.

The IMA acknowledges, thanks, and pays our deepest respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that we work with and the Country we work on.