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

Entries for the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize are now open. Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel: Russell Storer, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery of Singapore, Richard Lewer, contemporary artist, and Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Finalists works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 25 May to 25 August 2019. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced at the official opening on Friday 24 May 2019. Through the generosity of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the winning work is acquired into the Art Gallery’s collection.

Inaugural 2017 Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos says, ‘Winning the prize reasserted my position as an artist and it gave my practice a huge boost in confidence. All artists want their work and dedication to their craft to be acknowledged.’

The 2019 Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition will include 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.

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Key Dates

  • 14 September 2018Entries open
  • 14 December 2018Entries close
  • April 2019Finalists announced
  • 24 May 2019Winner announced
  • 25 May - 25 August 2019Exhibition
  • 24 May - 4 August 2019People's Choice Prize voting open
  • 9 August 2019People's Choice Prize winner announced


1. How do I enter the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize?

Entries must be entered electronically (as files). Entries must be uploaded to the online entry platform accessible via this website (from 14 September 2018) between the hours of 10am on 14 September 2018 and 5pm on 14 December 2018 (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 or collective 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 14 December 2018 (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 14 December 2017.

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
  • Details of the work being entered (title, materials, dimensions / duration, date and place of completion)
  • Describe yourself as an artist (100 maximum words)
  • Describe materials and processes used in the work (100 maximum words)
  • Describe the ideas/themes you are exploring (100 maximum words)
  • 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 2019 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 2019 Ramsay Art Prize will be announced on 14 September 2018.

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 24 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019 until Sunday 25 August 2019.


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