Key Dates and Opportunities

Prize Entries

AGNSW Archibald Prize - The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. 

  • Work must be completed 5 April previous year – 5 April current year

  • Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 1-5 April current year

  • Value $100,000

  • Packing Room Prize – value $1500

  • ANZ People’s Choice – value $3500

Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize

Black Swan Portraiture Prize

Toronto Private Hospital 'See Me' Prize, October

Winner of 2019 was me!

Judges: CEO of Toronto Private, and Lake Macquarie Art Gallery curator 

Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Expression of Interest:


NAG Kilgour Prize

In 1987, artist Jack Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery. Today, the KILGOUR PRIZE is one of Australia's major art prizes, and awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges, and $5,000 for the People's Choice Award, as determined by votes from the public.

  • Work must be completed by Sunday 28 April

  • Work can be of anybody, no need to be famous like the Archibald

  • Can be figurative so a made-up person, doesn't need to be a real person

Percival Portrait Prize

Moran Portraiture Prize - biggest $$$$ art prize in Australia

2019 Winner announced on 30th October 2019

Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW 2021

Moran Arts Foundation supports the arts in Australia via the Moran Prizes (photographt and portrait painting) + free school photo workshops.


Muswellbrook Art Prize

Open to all artists resident in Australia for a min period of 6 months immediately prior to the Prize. 

No Theme

Call closing 26 Jan 2020

Painting Prize - $50,000.00

Works on Paper Prize - $$10,000.00

Ceramics Prize - $10,000.00

People's Choice - $1,000.00

Works must have been completed in the 12 months immediately prior to close of entry of the

There is no limit to the number of entries per artist, however works may be entered into one
Prize section only.

Works must be the original work of the entrant and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or
other rights of any third party.

Celebrations and Special Times in People's Lives 

  • Birthdays - any time

  • Death - any time

  • ANZAC Day - 25th April 

  • Daffodil Day - 23rd August 

  • R U OK Day - 12th September

  • Mental Health Day - 9th October 

  • Mental Health Month - October 

  • Blue Knot Day - 28th October 

  • Hdalloween - 31st October

  • Remembrance day - 11th November

  • Black Friday - 29th November

  • Christmas - 25th December

Biennale and Biennial (similar words, different spelling)

Venice Biennale, every 2-years. Showcasing the cutting-edge, occasional historical, it’s about an idea. Curated around themes that have no relation at all. The curator then tries to imagine and make a story that is all about this idea, “you imagine what you desire”, or “magic object” were a couple of past themes.

About cultural exchange, it's about commodity about the toruist dollar with that visitation. 


Brisbane Asia-Pacific Triennial

Triennial is every 3years, recurrent that sits in a location, Brisbane is the flagship.  Art tourism, paying visitors to the city, people come to experience and participate to go away with this cultural capital.


Art Fair

No theme, it’s a competition with monetary prize. Galleries and dealers have their own segment areas. Around $50,000 to rent a space for a couple of days. Art Fairs (art market describes it, a trade-fair)

Gives you a sense of how many artists there are out there in an area.

You buy a ticket to go in and see the latest work, the new great artists.

Remember - it is still very early in your career, focus more on your passion for your craft then the envy of fame and you will live a happier fuller life. Anything else is a bonus not an expectation.

Study now and grow into your career teaching art and follow that with your passion, I'm sure you will be surprised what happens just like you were when you won at the hospital even


Newcastle Artspace Mentorship 2020

Key Dates:
Applications open: Now (November)
Applications close: 4pm, Nov 11, 2019
Interviews held: Dec 4 –13, 2019
Applicants notified: Dec  20, 2019
Mentorship commences: Feb 2020


Art Bazaar - Hunter Arts Network - Market

30th August 2020

6th December 2020

Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar returns to Lambton Park on Sunday 30 August 2020

The highlight of the event will be the 60 HAN members whose stalls will be surrounded by the beautiful parklands and scenery at Lambton Park. Every stallholder is a local from the Hunter – purchase handmade products direct from the creative maker’s hands. Art Bazaar has been running every year since 2002 with high quality, original, creative and unique handmade items.

HAN is a non-profit incorporated membership of artisans from the Hunter. HAN is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers who have worked hard to celebrate all modalities of visual arts

The stall fee is $70 and HAN membership is from $65 per year. All stallholders must apply to become a member of HAN. Applications will be open in 2020. To apply visit

Art Bazaar 2020 dates – Sunday 5 April Speers Point, Sunday 30 August and Sunday 6 December at Lambton Park.


October: Inktober

Female Artists: Know Her Name, Know My Name

Inspiring Artists - Photorealism Style

  • Roberto Parada "I bring a painterly approach to my portraits and I'm always seeking to capture the essence of the subject in their likeness" (Book: Illustration Now! Portraits! Ed. Julius Wiedemann, pp. 306-311)

  • Rinat Shingareev "I'm an observer who comments on everything that surrounds him, turning this mix of saturated colours and familiar personalities into pop art iconography" (Book: Illustration Now! Portraits! Ed. Julius Wiedemann, pp. 348-353)

  • Frankie Watt "My practice is to portray an individual's likeness and invoke a sense of quiet intimacy between the image and the viewer" (Book: Illustration Now! Portraits! Ed. Julius Wiedemann, pp. 392-397)

  • Natasha Bieniek - I love her painting 'Wendy Whiteley', oil on wood,"Born in Melbourne in 1984, Bieniek is a five-time Archibald finalist. In 2015, she was the winner of both the Wynne prize and Portia Geach Memorial Award. She has exhibited widely across Australia and overseas" (Book: 2016 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW)

  • Melissa Ritchie - I particularly love the painting 'Rhys smart mouth', oil on linen, "Born in Georgia, USA, in 1978, Ritchie moved to Australia as a child and grew up in Wollongong. After establishing a career in advertising, she started portrait painting in 2012. She has been a finalist in the 2014 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, the 2014 Black Swan Portraiture Prize, the 2015 Kilgour Prize, the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Art Award and the 2016 Percival Portrait Prize. This is her first time in the Archibald prize." (Book: 2016 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW)

  • Marcus Wills - I particularly like the painting 'The ersatz (James Batchelor), oil and tempera on linen, "Born in Kaniva, Victoria in 1972, Wills has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship in 1999. A figurative realist painter, he has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne since 1992 and has been represented in various group shows. He has also been a finalist in the Sulman Prize (2003, 2010 and 2013) and the Wynne Prize (2010). He won the Archibald Prize in 2006 and was a fnalist last year". (Book: 2016 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW)

Sublime Art

Hutchings, Patrick, "The Sublime in Australian Art", Oxford Art Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.