Entries for the 2022 prize have now closed.

About the 2022 Prize:
Now in its 35th year, and fourth year at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art, the churchie emerging art prize is recognised as an important leg-up, identifying and profiling emerging artists on a national stage. Since 1987 the prize has platformed multiple generations of artists, many of whom have gone on to be leading figures in contemporary art nationally and internationally.

‘the churchie’ offers a $25,000 prize pool, with the Major Prize winner taking home $15,000 thanks to long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture. Also offered is a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000 sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, and two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000—also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services—will be awarded at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.

The finalists’ work will be exhibited at the internationally respected Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The curated exhibition provides a snapshot of emerging artists’ practices from across Australia, surveying the breadth and diversity of contemporary art being produced today.

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Open to:
—Early-career artists
— Australian citizens and residents
—All ages (18+)
—Artists working in any visual art medium
—Unrepresented and represented artists

Application Process:

—Up to 5 images/videos of artworks produced within the last 2 years (images max 5mb each, videos to be hosted externally on Vimeo, YouTube or similar)
—An artist statement about your practice (300 words max)
—A summary of your exhibition history (can include career highlights, prizes, accolades) (300 words max)

—Finalists will be selected based on the strength of practice as a whole by the pre-selection panel which includes a representative from Churchie, IMA, the guest curator, and an external curator from a respected institution
—Once selected, finalists will work with the curator to determine what will be shown in the Finalists' Exhibtion

Key Dates:
Call for entries: 11 March–11 April 2022
Finalists’ exhibition at IMA: 30 July–1 October 2022
Official opening and prize announcement: 2 September 2022