Calling all artists – the River of Art prize is open!

The River of Art is now inviting entries for the annual River of Art prize. Artists across all media are encouraged to enter, whether they’re from the Eurobodalla region or across Australia.

The winner will be announced at the gala opening of the River of Art Festival on 16th September at the Bay Pavilions in Batemans Bay, where the exhibition will run to the final day of the Festival on 25 September.

“The winning artist will receive $2,000 with $250 for the runner up. The artwork most highly commended will be awarded $100.”

“The River of Art Prize is an important means of honouring artistic talent and is a central part of the River of Art Festival that is now in its 17th year,” said River of Art Chair Leanne Joyce. 

The Festival will host a range of arts, music and performances from 16 to 25 September, concluding with a spectacular laser and light show called Luminous: Art After Dark on 24th September. 

Artists have until 5 August 2022 to submit their entries via the online application form, initially with a digital image of the work.  Details can be found on the festival’s website. Independent, expert judges will select the finalists who will appear in the River of Art Prize exhibition.

“Art works are also included in the River of Art Directory and exhibited at other events through the year. This year we featured finalists at our very popular ‘Pink Cube’ gallery at the hugely successful Narooma Oyster Festival,” Leanne said. 

The winner of the 2021 River of Art Prize was Geoffrey Odgers for his work Burnt Offerings.  The second award went to Victoria Collins for Sapling Forest in Crimson and the highly commended prize to Grace Paleg for Kiss the Floor.

The River of Art prize was rescheduled due to the 2021 COVID lockdown but held in January 2022 in partnership with the Narooma School of Arts. Fifty artists entered a total of 63 works from within and beyond the Eurobodalla demonstrating again the quality and commitment of artists in our region.

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