Prospect Portrait Prize Applications

The longest running Portrait Prize in South Australia. Prospect Gallery invites contemporary approaches to portraiture. We seek the artists’ unique interpretation of the subject.

Selection process

The 10th Prospect Portrait Prize is a juried exhibition. Members of the Prospect Arts Action Network (PAAN) will assess and select the finalists for the exhibition which opens on the 5 December 2019. Finalists will be selected on the artistic merit of work and conformation to conditions of entry. The selection panels decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  

The Prize 

The Prospect Portrait Prize is a non-acquisitive prize generously donated by Terry Howe Printing Services. Prizewinners will be chosen from those works selected for exhibition in the 10th Prospect Portrait Prize 2019.

  •  First Prize - $5000
  •  People’s Choice - $1000
  •  Payinthi Award - $ 500

Independent judge Russell Kelty, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at Art Gallery of SA, has been invited to determine the entrant to be awarded the Prospect Portrait Prize.

City of Prospect Council staff and Elected Member votes will determine the recipient of the Payinthi Award.

Both the First Prize and the Payinthi Award will be announced at the opening of exhibition.

The People’s Choice Award, also generously donated by Terry Howe Printing Services, will be determined by public vote, and will be announced at the closing of the exhibition via social media.

Important dates

Applications open on Monday 8 July

Applications close on Monday 30 September

Artists advised of selection by Friday 25 October

Shortlisted artworks to arrive at Newmarch Gallery no later than Friday 29 November

Prospect Portrait Prize Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners (except Peoples’ Choice Award) on Thursday 5 December

Official opening at 6pm on Thursday 5 December

Exhibition dates 5 December 2019 to 25 January 2020

Shortlisted artworks are to be collected from 27 to 31 January 2020

Terms and Conditions
  • There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit, however, a separate entry form and application fee must accompany each entry;
  • Entries must be submitted via online entry only;
  • Artworks can be in any visual medium such as sculpture, digital media, drawing, painting photography, printmaking, textiles, performance, or multi-media. (sound and written word can be included);
  • All artwork entered:
    • Shall have a maximum weight of 20Kg;
    • Must be no larger than 2m x 2m x 2m (including the frame);
    • May be multi-panelled, but must fit within the size restrictions;
    • Be wall-mountable ready, including the use of D Rings and hanging wire;
    • Be original and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.
  • Artworks must be able to be installed by Gallery staff and are subject to a risk assessment;
  • Entries must include one image (1 - 2 jpg images for 3D works) of actual work entered;
  • The Artists name and the title of the work must appear as the image title file name;
  • A current one page curriculum vitae (CV) must accompany each entry form;
  • All images and curriculum vitae’s will be retained by the Gallery for archival records;
  • A non-refundable entry fee of $60 (incl. GST) must accompany each entry within 7 days of being submitted online;
  • Freight and transit insurance costs to and from the Gallery and insurance of work whilst on site at Newmarch Gallery are the responsibility of the Artist;
  • Entries must be the original work of the Artist and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party, and completed after December 2017;
  • Artworks entered can be for sale. A 30% (plus GST) commission will be charged on exhibited artworks that are sold;
  • ABN or Statement by Supplier form must be provided if artwork sold.

For all finalists these rules apply:

  • Artworks must be ready for hanging including use of ‘D’ rings and hanging wire. No artworks will be pinned to walls;
  • Artworks must be clearly labeled on the back with Artist’s name and contact details.
  • Multi paneled artworks must include clear instructions for installation;
  • Entries must be delivered at the Artist’s expense between 10am and 5pm (South Australia time) to Newmarch Gallery, City of Prospect, 128 Prospect Road, Prospect SA 5082 by no later than the date set out in Important Dates;
  • Each entrant is responsible for maintaining their own insurance over the artwork during the exhibition and transit;
  • Reasonable care will be taken in handling the artwork, however City of Prospect is not responsible for any loss or damage caused to any artworks during the duration of the finalists’ exhibition or during transit to and from the exhibition;
  • Entrants should note the venue is air-conditioned, but not climate controlled. It is also open to the public
  • At the conclusion of the exhibition, all artworks must be collected from Newmarch Gallery, City of Prospect, 128 Prospect Road, Prospect SA 5082.  The period for collection is for the period set out in the Important Dates;
  • The Artist is responsible for organising collection of the artwork.  If the Artist nominates a representative or courier to collect the artwork, the Gallery Coordinator is to be notified;
  • The original entry form submitted with the artwork is to state the nominated collector;
  • City of Prospect will NOT pay for any costs incurred in the collection of any artwork;
  • If the artworks are not collected during the specified collection time, the artwork will be held for one month. After this City of Prospect reserves the right to sell or dispose of the artwork.

The Artist warrants that:

  • It is the owner of the artwork and the copyright in the artwork, the artwork is original and use of the artwork in relation to the Prospect Portrait Prize in accordance with these terms will not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party;
  • It has all the necessary rights, consents and authorisations required to license the artwork in accordance with this provision; and
  • It retains all moral rights in the artwork.

All finalists grant City of Prospect a non-exclusive, sub-licensable, worldwide, perpetual and irrevocable license to exercise the copyright in the artwork for the purposes of administering, promoting and providing information about the Prospect Portrait Prize, Peoples’ Choice Award and Payinthi Prize. This includes but is not limited to producing photographs, social media posts and advertising for promotional purposes.

The Artist also acknowledges that if their artwork is selected, the Artist will not hold City of Prospect liable for visitors taking photographs of their artwork.

The selection panels’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into and no feedback will be given on works entered

Any questions? Please contact Gallery Coordinator Edward James on or call (08) 8342 8175


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