'the churchie' call for entries now open! News

'the churchie' call for entries now open!

10 May 2021


the churchie emerging art prize returns to the IMA for the third year in 2021, showcasing work by Australia’s best emerging artistic talent and offering a prize pool of $25,000.

With a legacy built over 34 years, the prize provides a platform for up-and-coming Australian artists to be profiled on a national stage. The prize provides valuable exposure, an exhibition opportunity at one of Australia’s leading contemporary art spaces, curatorial support, and a career-boosting chance at the $15,000 major prize.

The call for entries is open for six weeks, 10 May–20 June 2021. Artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents are invited to apply. ‘the churchie’ accepts applications from artists working in all visual art forms—from drawing and painting to performance and conceptual works.

Applicants are invited to submit up to five examples of their work, providing the selection panel with a more holistic view of their practice. The guest curator will help selected artists put their best foot forward in the exhibition and all finalists will receive artist fees and freight support to present their work at the IMA.

The Major Prize winner will receive a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize provided by long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture, to be announced by a guest judge at the opening of the exhibition Friday 8 October 2021.

The judge will also award a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000, sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, as well as two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be awarded by popular vote at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.

The finalists will work with the recently announced guest curator Grace Herbert—who will curate the exhibition and support artists in exhibiting their work—in a role sponsored by Armitstead ART Consulting.

The finalists’ exhibition will be on view at the IMA, Brisbane 9 October–18 December 2021. 

Entries for the prize are now open. Read the terms and conditions and apply here.

Athena Thebus, 'Angel's Warning', 2020. Photo: Marc Pricop.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.