Terms and Conditions

1. Who can Enter?

To qualify, an entrant to ‘the churchie’ must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Be an emerging artist. The Committee regards artists who meet the following criteria to be ‘emerging artists’:
    • Has specialised training in their field, not necessarily gained in an institution.
    • Is at an early stage of pursuing a career as a professional artist.
    • Is deemed by the selection panel to be suitable for entry in accordance with ‘the churchie’ purposes.
    • If necessary, the panel can consult with industry colleagues as to the suitability of the applicant.

2. How to Enter

  • All entries will only be accepted via the online entry form on ‘the churchie’ website and must provide a valid email address.
  • The entrance fee of $50 is non-refundable and it is only after payment is processed that the submission will be processed.
  • All entries must be received on or before the closing date specified. The application facility of ‘the churchie’ website will be unavailable after this date. There are to be no changes to applications after the closing date.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All images must be a .jpg file (less than 10MB) and be of the work in its entirety. Image files are to be titled in the following format: Surname_Firstname_Title.
  • The artist statement will contain no more than 300 words each.
  • All entries containing moving image components must upload a ‘still’ to the website,and provide links to viewable files by Vimeo or YouTube.
  • Selected finalists will be required to supply a high res (300dpi) .jpg file of their artwork.
  • An artist may be required to provide additional information in connection with an application or a work submitted.

3. Your Submission

  • Up to 5 artworks may be submitted for consideration in the one prize year.
  • There is a $50 entry fee.
  • 'the churchie' accepts submissions across all visual and fine art forms.
  • The submission will be assessed based on the strength of the artists’ practice as a whole, as demonstrated by artworks submitted.

4. Restrictions on works being entered

There are some restrictions governing the works that can be submitted.

  • Works submitted must have been completed in the two years prior to the opening date of the exhibition and be the original work of the artist.
  • The works submitted must not have been shown in Queensland before.
  • Gallerists are welcome to submit an application on behalf of an artist.

5. Finalist Selection Process

Selection Panel:

  • Each year three to four people will be appointed to the Selection Panel to select the prize finalists. This panel will include the exhibition curator, a representative from the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and a representative from ‘the churchie’ committee.
  • The Selection Panel will review and assess all applications received and will select finalists for the exhibition.
  • Amongst other things, finalists will be selected on the basis of:
    • Compliance with the entry criteria outlined above
    • The strength of the artist’s practice as demonstrated by artworks submitted
    • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career as a professional artist
  • Finalists will be notified by email at least 6 weeks prior to the opening of ‘the churchie’. 
  • The exhibition curator will then work with the finalists to select the most appropriate work for presentation at the IMA. The work exhibited will be selected based on the following:
  • Compliance with the entry criteria outlined above
  • Best example of the artists practice
  • Viability within exhibition resources and curatorial scope

6. If your work is selected

General agreements:

  • A work selected for entry must be made available for display at ‘the churchie’ during the entire period of the exhibition.
  • Substitutes for a selected artwork will not be accepted without prior discussion with ‘the churchie’.
  • The Institute of Modern Art will cover insurance of the works while on display to the public and during transportation where such transport is organised by the Institute of Modern Art. Requirements will be discussed with artists upon selection for exhibition. Artists must ensure that work is adequately packed for transportation.
  • Artists whose work is selected for the exhibition, authorise and agree to permit ‘the churchie’ committee and/or its agents (namely the Anglican Church Grammar School, and/or the prize and exhibition venue partners) to publish their names on the website, to photograph the work and publish the photographs, and/or to publish and communicate images provided by artists and/or their agents in order to promote ‘the churchie’ and future exhibitions, and for educational purposes. These permissions acknowledge that the artist remains the copyright holder and reproductions will be compliant with Copyright Act 1968 and subsequent amendments. Free and independent legal advice can be sought from the following websites: Arts Law Centre of Australia (www.artslaw.com.au) and Australian Copyright Council (www.copyright.org.au).
  • Finalists may be invited to engage with the Churchie School community. This may manifest itself in a wide variety of formats to be agreed between the school and the artist.
  • Entrants warrant that they are the copyright owner of the artworks submitted with the entry and they indemnify the IMA, ‘the churchie’ committee and/or their agent for any breach of infringement or copyright.

8. Delivery and Exhibition Installation

  • Selected works must be delivered to the Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley Brisbane by the date specified in correspondence with the curator/IMA.
  • All works must be clearly marked with the artist's name and address.
  • All artworks must be exhibition-ready including suitably mounted, framed or otherwise prepared for display.
  • Works involving complex installations may be carried out by the artist if required.
  • After the exhibition period works will be packed and ready for dispatch from the IMA. Artists must liaise with the curator/IMA to collect or organise freight of their work within a reasonable period.

9. The Prizes

Prize Judging:

  • An appointed judge will select an overall prize winner and the recipient of commendation awards, based on the strength of the artists’ practice and the works on display in the exhibition.
  • The prize winner of ‘the churchie’ will receive a non-acquisitive prize donated by the Major Prize Sponsor.
  • Three commendation prizes to the value specified in the ‘Prize Summary’ each given by the Committee to those finalists found suitable by the judge.
  • The prize winner and recipients of up to three commendation prizes will be announced at the Official Opening + Prize Announcement.
  • A People's Choice award to the value specified in the 'Prize Summary' given by the Committee to the finalist with the highest number of public votes. 
  • Certificates will also be presented to the winner and commendation recipients.
  • The decision of the Judge/s is final.