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A new $100,000 national art prize supporting contemporary artists under 40.

The Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian contemporary artists under 40 working in any medium. Held every two years and presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the Ramsay Art Prize is an ongoing acquisitive prize. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel. The selected work will be included in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The 2017 Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition will be complemented with a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsor Lipman Karas. The People’s Choice Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 chosen by a public vote.

‘Opportunities for artists at pivotal moments in their career have the potential to change the course of Australian art.’
Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

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  • People's Choice Prize

Key Dates

  • 26 Apr 2017Finalists announced
  • 26 May 2017Winner announced
  • 27 May - 27 August 2017 Exhibition
  • 27 May - 6 August 2017 People's Choice Prize voting open
  • 11 August 2017 People's Choice Prize winner announced


1. How do I enter the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize?

Entries must be entered electronically (as files). Entries must be uploaded to the online entry platform accessible via this website (from 12 September 2016) between the hours of 10am on 12 September 2016 and 5pm 12 December 2016 (ACST – Australian Central Standard Time).

2. Are there any criteria for the entry of works?

Entries to the Ramsay Art Prize must be contemporary as defined by the entrant. There are no restrictions on scale, medium or subject matter. All media refers to the type/form and presentation of the art to be judged, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound digital, net or live art.

3. How much does it cost to enter?

An administration fee of $50 (inc. GST) is applicable. The administration fee is payable at the time of entry via Visa or Mastercard only.

4. How many times can I enter?

Only one entry per person is permitted.

5. Do I have to be a solo artist to enter or can I make an entry as part of an existing art collective?

Duos or art collectives are eligible to enter. Only one entry per solo, duo or collective will be accepted, which means artists must select whether they enter with an artwork from their solo practice or from their duo/collective practice, not both.

6. How is the age criterion of less than 40 years defined?

Entrants must be under the age of 40 years on 12 December 2016 (submission deadline). Proof of age may be required.

7. I reside six months overseas and six months in Australia. Am I still eligible to enter?

Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, living in Australia as their main place of residence.

8. When does the entered work need to be created to be eligible for judging?

The entered work must be new work, that is, the work must have been completed after 12 December 2015.

9. How can I prepare myself for the entry submission process?

The following information will be required for your Ramsay Art Prize entry. Please note that it is not possible to save a partially completed entry and return to it at a later date. If you exit part way through the entry process any information you have entered will be lost.

  • Your Details
  • Details of Gallery representation (if relevant)
  • If the work has been exhibited before, exhibition venues, dates, title
  • An artistic biography (300 words maximum)
  • Details of the work being entered (title, materials, dimensions / duration, date and place of completion)
  • Description of the work (300 words maximum)
  • Supporting media files (maximum of 3 with a minimum of 1 still image, JPEG or Tiff files are accepted, 300dpi, each file must not exceed 5 MB)
  • If your work is a video or sound file please make your file available for viewing on a website such as YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud. You will need this link address in your application. It is not possible to attach sound or video files to your entry.
  • Payment of the $50 entry fee is required as part of the entry process (Visa and Mastercard accepted)
10. What does acquisitive prize mean?

The winning work of the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize will be acquired into the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection at no additional cost.

11. Who will judge the prize?

The judges of the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize are Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, contemporary Australian Artist Nell and Rhana Devenport, Director at the Auckland Art Gallery.

12. When will the Ramsay Art Prize winner be announced?

The winner of the Ramsay Art Prize will be announced at an invitation only event on Friday 26 May 2017.

13. When will the Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition take place?

The finalist exhibition of the Ramsay Art Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia will be open to the public from Saturday 27 May 2017 until Sunday 27 August 2017.


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Adelaide 5000

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