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2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper


The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper

Calling all Artists - ENTRIES NOW OPEN.   TOTAL PRIZE POOL: $12,000

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.  It is an acquisitive prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists, including the likes of John Wolseley, Pat Brassington, Brook Andrew, Daniel Moynihan, John Nixon, and Peter Booth, just to name a few. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further.

In 2017, the curatorial theme for Banyule Council's Arts & Culture Program is 'water'. Water has helped shape and define Banyule, with the Yarra River and Darebin Creek bounding Banyule; the Plenty River running through it; and culturally and environmentally significant wetlands found throughout. We chose 'water' as our theme to celebrate our important connection with water, and to provide a metaphorical and literal framework for our programming. 

The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper is calling for artworks to respond to the curatorial theme, 'ebb and flow'

'Ebb and flow' speaks of movement, of push/pull, of momentum, of fluidity - it's not just about water, but what water can represent, its qualities, or as metaphor.  Artists are invited to respond to this idea, and present their personal interpretation of the theme.  In writing your application, the connection to the theme can be direct or tenuous, but simply needs to be addressed...

We invite artists working across all mediums to enter - painting, drawing, sculpture, artist books, jewellery, photography, printmaking, etc. Think outside the box! As long as the primary material used in making the artwork is paper, it is eligible for entry. 

Finalists will be notified in September, and finalists' artworks exhibited at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space from 5th October - 2nd December 2017. 

Important Dates:
Entries Open: 1 April - 31 July 2017
Finalists Notified: Monday 4 September 2017
Artworks Delivered: Saturday 23 September (3-5pm), Monday-Tuesday 25 & 26 September (10am-4pm) 2017
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Winner announced at Opening

Prize Pool:
Main Prize - $10,000
Commendation Prize - $1,000
People's Choice Award - $1,000

Apply now

Use this form to lodge your application for the 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper.

Artists are permitted to submit up to 3 separate entries each.  $30 per entry applies. 

Looking back at the 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper: Simon Finn, for his work Steady State Intervention (2015).

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Congratulations to the Winner of the People's Choice Award: Penelope Aitken, for her work All that we are (red box, star dust) (2015).

Penelope receives $500 for winning this award!  Thank you to all the visitors to the exhibition who voted for their favourite artwork to win.


 Penelope Aitken


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2015 Finalists

  • Penelope AITKEN
  • Rushdi ANWAR
  • Rosalind ATKINS & Susan PURDY
  • Pamela BAIN
  • John BILLAN
  • Lynne BOYD
  • Peta CLANCY
  • Matthew CLARKE
  • Peter FIFER
  • Simon FINN
  • Betra FRAVAL
  • Connor GROGAN
  • Mandy GUNN
  • Michelle HAMER
  • Bonnie HANLON
  • Susan HASE
  • Shane HULBERT
  • Ralf KEMPKEN
  • Isobel KNOWLES
  • Frances LEE
  • Ellie MALIN
  • Megan McPHERSON
  • Gordon MONRO
  • Celia MORGAN
  • Phuong NGO
  • Senye SHEN
  • Jessie STANLEY
  • Kat TEEDE
  • Georgia THORPE
  • Anne WARREN
  • Dianna WELLS
  • Jodi WILEY
  • Carole WILSON