WAMA Art Prize

2023 ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

Entries are now open, until May 19, 2023 .   

Please read the Terms & Conditions of the award competition before applying.

2023 ONLINE EXHIBITION IS NOW OPEN

Key Dates

April 1, 2023

May 19, 2023

June, 2023

August 19, 2023

August 26, 2023

November 12, 2023

Entries Open

Entries Close

Finalists’ notified 

Exhibition opens at Ararat Gallery TAMA and online

Acquisitive Prize and Awards of Excellence announced

People’s Choice Award announced


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AWARDS

THE MAJOR ACQUISITIVE PRIZE

$15,000

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
$2,500 each
(non-acquisitive)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

$2,500
(non-acquisitive)

WAMA ART PRIZE FAQS

The WAMA Art Prize is entered online via the WAMA website. An online submission form will be available when entries open. Images of the works being submitted must be uploaded to the website for the judging process.

There is a limit of two entries per person.  Please note that only one artwork per artist will be selected for exhibition.

$33 (incl. GST) administration fee per entry.

For all WAMA Art Prize enquires, please email us at art@wama.net.au

WAMA ART PRIZE, Works on Paper, is a $25,000 biennial national award in EXCELLENCE

Inviting a multi-disciplinary range of nature-inspired Australian artists, the award celebrates connection with nature and raises awareness of the importance of conserving our precious, unique Australian environment.

Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply. 

Finalists will be displayed in an exhibition at Ararat Gallery, TAMA and within WAMA’s on-line gallery.

PAST WOK and WINNERS

WAMA Art Prize 2023

Exhibition Dates:

Aug 19 – Nov 19 2024

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The quality and number of artists who entered the Art prize demonstrates the resonance that the theme of art and nature has within our creative community, with their work reflecting the many environmental issues facing us all.

 Jacky Healy, Chair, WAMA Arts Advisory Council

Major Acquisitive Prize WINNER

tree of life,
diary of lost souls in twenty volumes No 2

MARTIN KING

2023

etching, drypioint, polymer gravure, hard cover books
125cm h x 115cm w unframed

This work embeds naturalist John Cotton’s illustrations of birds of the Melbourne district in 1840 into an etching of a hybrid tree, an English Elm and indigenous Peppermint Gum, both present in Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne. Past and present fuse, the work is both memoriam and a vision for future eco-diversity.

Awards of EXCELLENCE

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People's Choice Award WINNER

Ruby, 2023

ANDREA CHEERS

Pastel on pastel mat.
72cm h x 62cm w framed

A pastel portrait of Ruby, a Female Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso), known to the Noongar people as ‘karrak’.

The portrait highlights the silkiness of her black feathers, and the intensity of the blue and green colours that they reflect in the sunlight.

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