Established in 1987 the churchie national emerging art prize is a highly regarded prize dedicated to supporting, encouraging and profiling the work of artists in the early stages of their arts careers. Artists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition at one of the country’s prestigious university art museums, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane. An overall winner, selected by a high profile industry leader, is awarded a $15,000 cash prize donated by long-time sponsors Brand+Slater Architects. The annual non-acquisitive prize is an initiative of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Brisbane.
In 2016, as well as being able to submit individual works, ‘the churchie’ will develop a new curatorial model that will see the prize develop as a platform for producing new and commissioned artwork. This allows artists to propose ideas during the application process and showcase their arts practice in context.  This would be presented as a propositional project for the creation of new works or site-specific projects that build upon an existing body of work. Artworks submitted during the application process may be representative of this new idea or body of work. Artists will be required to submit a written rationale and the exhibition curator will work closely with the artist to realise the idea in context of ‘the churchie’ exhibition and QUT Art Museum’s galleries.