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Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize entries open

Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize entries open


Artists and designers Australia-wide are now being invited to enter the Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize 2022.

This is the second time the Prize has been awarded after two years of COVID-related event cancellations, travel restrictions and construction set-backs. The non-acquisitive Art Prize runs from 5 to 28 August 2022 with nine categories spanning a prize pool valued at over $40,000.

Entries opened in mid March and close 11 May with prizes awarded from 5 to 28 August.

The categories take in all contemporary practices, from fashion and design to ceramics, painting, photography, digital media, functional and textile design and an exhibition of finalist works will be shown at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space and Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery in August 2022.

This year, winners will be awarded by an external judging panel of creative practitioners and thinkers including: Dr Michael Mossman, a Kuku Yalanji man and lecturer, University of Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning, Australian contemporary artist, Janet Laurence and Australian luxury fashion designer and proponent of sustainable fashion, Kit Willow.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan says participants are invited to submit works celebrating a brighter, greener future, focusing on the natural world, environmental renewal, regeneration and the circular economy.  

“Artists and designers are agents of change, often taking the lead in responding to environmental or societal challenges,” says Regan.

“This national art prize is looking for innovative ideas for the future. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a pivotal conversation, to help amplify this urgent topic as well as garner visibility.

“Our commitment and passion for the environment is evident by creating the Prize – Australia’s first environmental art and design prize. Last year’s inaugural event saw astounding submissions across the visual art and design categories. We expect the artwork themes to grow and change each year as the national conversation evolves on environmental issues and I can’t wait to see what inspiring pieces are submitted this year.”

Click here to apply.


Artists and designers are encouraged to apply in one or two of the following categories:

Open: $5000 each category

·       Ceramics and Small Sculpture

·       Functional Design (architecture, urban design, prototypes of objects/products, furniture)

·       Wearable Design (fashion)

·       Digital Work, Film and Video

·       Interdisciplinary Collaboration (art and science, design and engineering)

·       Painting

·       Works on Paper and Photography

Young Artists and Designers: $2000 each category and age as at 11 May 2022   

·       Ages 7 – 12 years

·       Ages 13 – 18 years

People’s choice: ($1000 each venue)

Visitors to each venue are encouraged to vote for their favourite work.

Key dates:

Entries close: 5pm, Wednesday 11 May 2022

Finalists announced: 25 May 2022

Prize winners announced: Friday 6 August 2022

Exhibition dates: 5 to 28 August 2022
The Prize will be shown over two weeks at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Creative Space North Curl Curl, and the new Mona Vale Creative Pop Up Gallery (Level 1, Mona Vale Civic Centre).

People’s Choice Awards announced: Final week of exhibition (27 and 28 August)

View the Terms and Conditions for all the details and submit entries via the website.

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