River of Art 2018 ART PRIZE – Entries Open

The River of Art 2018 Art Prize invites entries for this exciting regional competition. The prize is open to all artists living on the NSW South Coast, from Milton to the Victorian border.

A first prize of $2000 will be awarded to the artist of the winning work, 2nd place will be awarded $250, and 3rd place $100.

A judging panel comprised of three well-known professional artists – Ken Taber, Rita Wagner and Pauline Balos – will view all actual artworks submitted to choose finalists and select the winning works. Awards will be presented on Thursday 17 May 2018 at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma. See more information on our judges below.

Finalists’ works will be exhibited during the River of Art Festival in May at the SoART Gallery. Other artworks submitted will also be on show in a Salon de Refusés at the Narooma School of Arts’ Studios. Both exhibitions will run from 18 May to 2 June.

How to apply?

Applications close at 11.59pm 20 April 2018.

Preferred option

Complete and submit our easy online application form – available here.

Alternative options

If you are unable to submit an online application, download this PDF version of the application form and complete your details.

Then scan and email (including digital images) to riverofartinc.artprize@gmail.com OR post to River of Art / EOI, PO Box 117 Bodalla NSW 2545.

If posting, you will need to include your digital images on a CD or on USB Thumb Drive (Memory Stick).

In order to complete your entry your cheque or money order must be lodged with River of Art by the due date – please post in time to ensure lodgement by 20 April 2018.

Please note
To submit an application you will need to accept our Conditions of Entry

  1. All work must be the original unassisted work of the entrant and completed within one year of the exhibition date.
  2. Work entered can be for sale. Commission of 15% on sales will be payable to the River of Art.
  3. All 2D work can be up to one metre (W) X 1.5 metre (H) including frame. 3D work can be up to 1 metre (W) x 1.5 metre (H) x 50cm (D) with a maximum weight of 15 kilos.
  4. An entry fee of $20 per work is payable with the entry form.
  5. Entrants must submit a high resolution digital image/s of each entered artwork as a jpg file at 300dpi and no less than 2 megabytes in file size (able to be opened in PC format). Please name each jpg image with: the artist’s name/title of work/dimensions in cm (no more than two images for each entry).
  6. Finalists and winning artworks will be selected by a panel of judges.
    All care will be taken with entries received, but the River of Art Committee and assistants will not be responsible for loss of or damage to any work. Insurance, if required, is the responsibility of the exhibitor. No responsibility will be taken for work not collected at the end of the display period.
  7. A limit of 2 entries per artist. Open to all artists and artisans living on the South Coast NSW from Milton to the Victorian border.
  8. Finalists will be required to sit the exhibition on a roster organised with SoART.

What happens next?

Eligible entrants will receive a notification email by 29 April 2018 including information on next steps and details for delivery of physical art works for judging and exhibition.

Any questions?

For further information, please contact the River of Art Prize coordinators: 
Email riverofartinc.artprize@gmail.com Mobile 0419 502926 or 0490 791037

About our 2018 Art Prize judges

Ken Taber

Ken was born in Richmond NSW in 1942. He is a self-taught artist who paints mainly in acrylics. Ken has been greatly influenced by JMW Turner, Claude Monet and early Australian impressionistic painters. Ken has been painting since 1968 and has had many solo and joint exhibitions. His paintings are hung in collections around the world. He now resides on the NSW South Coast near Batemans Bay, where his studio gallery is situated on a five-acre block amidst a beautiful sub-tropical water garden.

Rita Wagner

Rita Wagner is an artist and writer living and working between Canberra and a beautiful hamlet near Tilba on the NSW South Coast. Rita began her painting career with Bauernmalarei then moved on to Trompe L’oeil and decorative furniture incorporating gold gilding. Rita now works in mixed media and paints on commission and for exhibition. She loves to pass on her knowledge and holds art classes and workshops. Rita’s paintings and commissioned works are held in a number of private collections in Australia, Germany and America.

Pauline Balos

Pauline’s working career has spanned roles as a stylist in advertising, a primary school art and drama teacher, and tertiary educator at the International School of Colour and Design in Sydney. She holds an art major from Armidale Teachers College. When Pauline retired to Tilba she began painting full time. Today she paints, designs and makes jewellery and sculptures. Pauline regards her work as a form of story-telling that varies in style and materials, always seeking to convey the essence of the subject.