the churchie national emerging art prize


Deadline:1st March, 2020

‘the churchie’ returns to the IMA once more in 2020, debuting a new look and new approach.

Since its inception at Anglican Church Grammar School in 1987, the prize has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across the country. Today it is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists.

Throughout its history, ‘the churchie’ has adapted to the changing world of contemporary art. After outgrowing its original home at the school, the prize partnered with some of Brisbane’s leading university art museums to present its finalists’ exhibition, before partnering with the Institute of Modern Art for the first time in 2019.

In 2020 ‘the churchie’ finalists will be selected based on the strength of their practice as a whole. Independent curator Talia Smith will curate the exhibition, supporting artists to present their work at the IMA. Additionally, selected artists will receive artist fees and freight support, encouraging the sustainability of emerging art practices. Continuing and expanding on the prize’s rich legacy, the 2020 exhibition will provide a survey of some of the most compelling art being produced by emerging artists in Australia today.

Thanks to generous supporters, ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000, with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture.

Entry is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Find out more here.

Image: Ben Soedradjit, ‘Nosedive (Sydney to Denpasar)’, 2019; ‘Campur (or the ultimate paradox of cultural authenticity)’, 2019; ‘Perkawinan (Kind of hard to believe)’, 2019. Installation view: ‘the churchie’, 2019. Photo: Louis Lim.


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