Event 'The Churchie' Applicant Information Session

'The Churchie' Applicant Information Session


18 February 2023

Thinking of applying for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize in 2023? Have questions about the application process? Keen to check out the gallery where your work might be presented?

Join us for an information session at the IMA, where we will run you through all things related to applying for ‘The Churchie’.

Hear from our 2023 emerging guest curator Sebastian Henry-Jones, who will share his thoughts on the prize and his personal approach to curation. Following Henry-Jones’ remarks there will be a Q&A session where you can connect with the IMA team and ask any questions you may have about the application process.

For interstate applicants, please join us via Zoom. Register to receive a link to the session.

Unable to attend? Register to receive a recording of the session and submit your question in advance to churchie@ima.org.au.


Call for entries

Entries for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2023 close Monday, 13 March at 5pm AEST⁠. Enter via churchieemergingart.com.au⁠.


About ‘The Churchie’⁠

Since its inception in 1987 at Anglican Church Grammar School, The Churchie Emerging Art Prize has provided a platform to profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia.

In 2023, the IMA will present the 35th edition of the Prize, marking the fifth presentation partnership between the two organisations.⁠

⁠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 longstanding sponsor, BSPN Architecture.⁠

Finalists will be selected based on the strength of their practice and will work with guest curator Sebastian Henry-Jones to determine the work/s to be exhibited in the finalists’ exhibition at the IMA from 20 May–19 August 2023.


COVID-19 advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor. We welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Guest Info
  • 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 Rivus. Sebastian has staged group exhibitions and independent projects across the East Cost 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.

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