19 January 2017
A new art prize has been launched in Melbourne's inner west, offering a total pool of $17,000 across four categories.
The inaugural Footscray Art Prize is a non-acquisitive visual art prize for contemporary artworks across multiple platforms and disciplines, open to local and national Australian artists.
Established by Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Rotary Club of Footscray and Victoria University, the Footscray Art Prize will be awarded biennially.
It contributes to Footscray's reputation as a thriving cultural hub that supports and fosters the arts, and provides an opportunity to celebrate this artistic vibrancy and creativity.
All Australian artists are welcome to enter, with prizes awarded in the following categories:
- Footscray Art Prize (Main Prize): $10,000
- Street Art Prize: $5,000, sponsored by Cheaper Buy Miles
- Tertiary Prize: $1,500, sponsored by Footscray Plaza
- Young Artists Prize: Two age groups, each awarded $500
Judges for the 2017 Footscray Art Prize include Jason Smith (Director at Geelong Gallery) Richard Ennis (Curator Exhibition Programs at Incinerator Gallery), Beverly Knight (Executive Director at Alcaston Gallery), Reko Rennie (artist) and Simon Spain (artist and producer).
Entries close on Friday 3 March.