Banyule Award for Works on Paper

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.

This is a prestigious national art prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

In 2019, we acquired the winner and 10 additional artworks from the finalists’ exhibition, making a significant investment in the arts and raising the profile of this prize.

Exhibition dates: 14 January to 13 March 2022


  • Main Acquisitive Prize: $10,000
  • Commendation Prize: $1000
  • People’s Choice Award (voted by public, announced at the end of the exhibition period): $1000 

2021 finalists

The theme this year was Community.

We received 202 eligible entries, from which 33 amazing finalists were selected:

  • Rosalind Atkins
  • Lee Bethel
  • Victoria Bilogan
  • Maggie Brown
  • Karen Coull
  • Carolyn Craig
  • Chelle Destefano
  • Kathy Fahey
  • Christine Fontana
  • Claire Grant
  • Bridget Hillebrand
  • Winsome Jobling
  • Anna Kiparis
  • Damon Kowarsky
  • Kir Larwill
  • Lucy Maddox
  • Ally McKay
  • Claire Mooney
  • Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon
  • Harry Nankin
  • Eunice Napanangka Jack
  • Mitjili Napurrula
  • Phuong Ngo
  • Catherine O’Donnell
  • Glenda Orr
  • Chris Orr
  • Laura Osborne
  • Caroline Phillips (with Claire Field)
  • Brian Robinson
  • Anne Starling
  • Liz Walker
  • Cleo Wilkinson
  • Carole Dawn Wilson
  • Maria Anna Zeiss

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. You have all contributed to the success of this prize.

Please check back regarding exhibition dates and winners announcements. We are proceeding with caution with the opening night on Friday 17 September, COVID-restrictions permitting.

Application prep

Your application requires detailed and formatted information to be included.

Image of your artwork

  • Submit 1 high-resolution, publication quality image.
  • Image must represent the work in its entirety, and convey how the work will be displayed.
  • Image must be in high-resolution JPEG format with a minimum 300dpi and maximum file size 5MB.
  • If selected, this image of the artwork will be reproduced in the exhibition catalogue.
  • The image file should be saved with the file name format: last name, first name_title of work (for example: Citizen, Jo_Untitled).

Artist statement

  • Statements must be 150 words or fewer, and address the ideas, themes or concepts investigated in the artwork or the artist’s practice as well the award theme.
  • Statements must be submitted in the entry form, not sent to us as a separate document.
  • Observe the word limit: any parts of the statement over 150 words characters will not be read.

Artist CV

  • You will need a 1-page artist CV highlighting key professional achievements, exhibitions and education.
  • Your CV must be attached to your online submission as a Word or PDF document with text formatted to minimum 11 point Arial font.
  • Your CV file should be saved with the file name format: last name, first name_title of work_Artist CV (for example: Citizen, Jo_Untitled_Artist CV)

Exhibition prep

There are no dimensions restriction for entries, though keep in mind that artworks need to be exhibited as part of a group show.

Artworks that are not conducive to public display – fragile, vulnerable, overly large or very small – may not be judged favourably from our acquisition point of view.

However, many artworks outshine the logistical challenges they pose to exhibition, and are not disadvantaged at all.

Framing and labels

Finalists’ artworks must be suitably framed, ready to hang or otherwise prepared for display and be labelled with the artist’s name and title of work.

All artworks must be prepared with Title of Artwork and Artist’s Name labels affixed.

Delivery of artworks

Finalists’ artwork must be delivered to:

Art Gallery 275
Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub
275 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079

At the following dates and times:

  • Saturday 11 September 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Monday 13 September 2021, 9am-5pm

Any artworks damaged in transit or delivered without an appropriate method for installation will not be presented for judging.

All selected works must be available for display throughout the duration of the exhibition which runs from 17 September – 28 November 2021.



A pre-selection committee will select the finalists. Finalists will be required to deliver their artwork(s) for the exhibition and final judging.

No substitutes for works entered will be accepted, and the artworks received must not differ substantially from the image in the submission (or they will be disqualified from consideration).


The panel of judges for the award will comprise of 3 independent experts from the public art sector in Victoria.

All entries will be judged according to these criteria:

  • creative use of the medium and response to the exhibition theme
  • expression and technique
  • originality of artistic perception and mode of interpretation.

Insurance and freight

All due care will be taken with artworks. Works exhibited at Art Gallery 275 will be insured by Banyule Council.

Artists are responsible for insuring artworks for transit. We assume responsibility for the artworks only when they are in Council’s possession for the purpose of the exhibition.

In the instance that any works were damaged or suffered a loss, an independent valuer will be engaged to verify the insurance value placed on the work by the artist.


We will not accept entries unless they arrive free of charge. We will not make payments for freight or any other charge incurred in the delivery and/or return of any work submitted.

Past exhibitions

Find out who won the prizes, who was a finalist and who judged the works.

Contact us

To learn more about the award, contact us on 9490 4222 or at