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Hornsby Art Prize

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HAP15 Winner 3Dcategory-Selena De Cavalho–See Horse
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HAP19 Category Winner–Digital Still–Janet-Tavener Seedless #7
HAP19 Category Winner Digital Still–Janet Tavener–Seedless #7

Scope and Aims

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Hornsby Art Prize is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of people and providing a showcase for their works. The prize is open to artists from across Australia and its goals are to;

  • Identify and celebrate outstanding local artists
  • Promote and encourage the local emerging artists in Hornsby Shire
  • Position the work of Hornsby Shire artists within the wider context of the Australian contemporary art environment
  • Encourage artists to aspire to excellence
  • Increase awareness of culture and the Visual Arts within the region
  • Recognise the contribution that the visual arts make towards a vibrant, healthy community

Entries now closed.

The Hornsby Art Prize includes five different entry categories; Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D works and Digital Art - Stills. Click on the category for clarification of the content accepted. The major prize is worth $10,000 cash and is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. Eligible entrants will also be considered for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards.

For more information about the Hornsby Art Society visit facebook.com/hornsbyartsociety.

In 2022 the Prize resumes after a two-year cancellation due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic. The prize has changed significantly over the past ten years. From a prize with 4 categories, a major prize worth $5000.00 and delivered in a community centre, to the prize it is today; delivered over two sites, (including its home site at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre), with 5 categories, a $10,000 major prize and a $13,000 commitment to the supporting prizes.

These changes have been implemented in response to the goals of the Hornsby Art Prize. Find out more information regarding how the changes respond to the goals.

Visit the gallery of previous winners of Hornsby Art Prize and find out more information on the history of the Prize.

Hornsby Shire Council and the Hornsby Art Society wish to thank the artists who have participated in the prize over the past editions. Without their creativity, the prize would not be making the exciting and vibrant contribution to the Hornsby Shire community that it is.

Information for Entrants

Presentation of artwork

View a short guide outlining the requisite presentation of artworks for the Hornsby Art Prize.

There are five different entry categories: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D Works and Digital Art - Stills. The major prize of $10,000 is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. The Prize is non-acquisitive.

Hornsby Shire Council also offers two awards as part of the Hornsby Art Prize, designed to celebrate, encourage and support the local visual arts community; the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.

The Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award is only open to emerging artists who are resident in Hornsby Shire. An emerging artist is roughly defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form.

Entry to the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award is open to all artists resident in Hornsby Shire. Artists need to nominate to be considered for these awards via the online entry form.

2022 Prizes

Award

Acquisitive

Prize value

Prize

Hornsby Art Prize

No

$10,060

$10,000 cash
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award

No

$4060

$3000 cash
A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2023 – worth approximately $1000
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist

No

$4060

$3000 cash
A supported solo exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in 2023 – worth approximately $1000
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Painting

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Printmaking

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner - Drawing

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner – 3D works

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Category Winner – Digital Art - Stills

No

$1060

$1000 cash

$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

People’s Choice Winner

No

$310

$250 cash
$60 Hornsby Art Society Membership

Please read the Conditions of Entry because they change every year.

The Hornsby Art Prize is a competitive, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. All entries will be considered for the Hornsby Art Prize. The Hornsby Art Prize is organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with Hornsby Art Society, through the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team. The Hornsby Art Prize Project Team shall hereafter be referred to as the Organisers.

1. ELIGIBILITY:

1.1  The Hornsby Art Prize is open to all permanent Australian residents aged 18 years and over (as at 31July 2022) with the exception of participating judges, members of the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team and their immediate family.

1.2  All artworks must be original work commenced and completed by the entrant within the last twenty-four (24) months (July 2020 – July 2022).

1.3  Works must not have been exhibited in a previous art competition, award or prize within NSW.

1.4  Artists submitting an entry to be considered for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award must currently reside within Hornsby Shire and have practiced as a professional artist for less than five years.

1.5  Artists must be a current resident of Hornsby Shire to be eligible for the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.

2. ENTRY SUBMISSION AND FEE:

2.1  Entries to the 2022 Hornsby Art Prize open Monday 2 May. NEW CLOSING DATE Sunday 7 August 2022.

2.2  The entrant must nominate their work to fit into one of the following categories: Painting, 3D Works, Drawing, Printmaking or Digital Art - Stills.

2.2.1  Printmaking is defined as the production of images using various techniques of multiplication, done by the hand of the artist. The Hornsby Art Prize accepts prints utilizing (partially or totally) the three major printing processes: relief, intaglio and surface (including lithography and stencil methods).

Prints are considered to be original, even though they can exist as multiples. Every print within an edition will be considered as one original work. This means that if one print in an edition has previously been exhibited in an art prize or competition with NSW, the entire edition (including the AP or PP) will be considered to have been exhibited. Therefore the print, regardless of its number within the edition will be outside the Conditions of Entry for the Hornsby Art Prize.

Fine art photography, reproduction prints, digital art, documentary photography (of performance art) and pigment printing or Gicleé printing will not be accepted within the Printmaking category of the Hornsby Art Prize.

2.2.2  Digital Art is defined as any artistic practice or artwork that relies on the use of computers in its main creation. A Still or Still Imagery is considered to be a non-moving visual representation of something (person, place, object, concept, etc.). For the purposes of the Hornsby Art Prize, the category of Digital Art – Stills will accept non-moving artworks that have been created, in the main part, using computers, computer programs or mechanical printing processes. These artworks may be 2 or 3 dimensional. Digital photography, digital imaging, digital painting, digital illustrating and Tradigital art, subject to the Conditions of Entry, will be accepted into the Digital Art - Stills category of the Hornsby Art Prize.

2.2.3  3D Works are defined as artworks created in three dimensions using at least one of 5 processes including, carving, modelling (in clay), modelling and then casting, constructing or assemblage.

2.3 Entries (including digital photographs of the artwork) are to be submitted online at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize.

2.4  One photograph is required to complete an entry submission. Artists entering work into the 3D category may submit two photos of their entry.

2.5  Digital photographs of artwork should be no more than 2MB.

2.6  An entry comprises of a completed online submission including digital photograph/s of the artwork and payment of a non-refundable entry fee of $40.00 (including GST) per artwork. Payment of entry fee is to be made online at the time of submitting the entry.

2.7  There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted. A separate entry form needs to be completed for each entry.

3. LOCAL ARTIST AWARDS:

3.1  In addition to the above, artists may also nominate their work for consideration for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award. The Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award is open to current residents of Hornsby Shire. An emerging artist is defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form.

3.1.1  An artist nominating in the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist category is also eligible to nominate themselves for the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.

3.2  Any artist resident in Hornsby Shire, regardless of their professional level may nominate for the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.

3.3  The prize for each of these awards is cash and a supported, week-long exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre in the following year. Entrants acknowledge that these prizes may not be split and acceptance of the cash prize is a commitment to the exhibition. For more information about the exhibition visit www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize.

3.4  Winners of the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards are eligible to win the major Hornsby Art Prize.

3.5  Both the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards are subject to these same Hornsby Art Prize Conditions of Entry.

4. PREPARATION OF ARTWORK:

4.1  All works must be framed or appropriately mounted.

4.2  Works must be secured with D rings attached 7.5cm from the top edge, AND ALSO have a professional hanging cord attached one third of the way down from the top edge.

4.3  Works with hanging wire, inappropriate cord, screw eyes, other protruding metal or wire will not be accepted.

4.4  3D artworks must be submitted on or accompanied by a white plinth for exhibition. The plinth must be labelled with the artist’s name, artwork title and contact details.

4.5  A label with artist’s name, phone number, title of work and price must be marked clearly on the back of each artwork. These details must be the same as the entry form.

4.6  No wet artworks will be accepted.

4.7  Where the artwork consists of multiples, a photograph illustrating the set-up of the multiples must be attached to the work with the label.

4.8  The Hornsby Art Prize Project Team reserves the right to disqualify an artwork without recourse or refund if the artwork does not meet the abovementioned presentation standards.

5. SIZE AND WEIGHT OF ARTWORK:

5.1  The maximum size of 2-dimensional works (including the framing) entered in the Prize is limited to one hundred and ten centimetres (110cm) including the frame in any one direction and 3-dimensional works are limited to eighty centimetres (80cm) in any one direction and 15kg.

5.2  Any artwork that exceeds this size or weight will not be considered for the exhibition or award.

6. EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK:

6.1  The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will take place at two locations: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre and Hornsby Library. The addresses, categories on display, opening hours and dates for each site are listed below.

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
Wednesday 19 October to Sunday 30 October 2022
The Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and 3D Works categories will be on display.

Hornsby Central Library
28-44 George St, Hornsby
Wednesday 19 October to Sunday 30 October 2022
The Digital Art – Stills category will be on display.

6.2  All works selected for the exhibition will be listed on Hornsby Shire Council website after 5pm on Monday 12 September 2022 at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize.

6.3  Artists will also be advised by email of their inclusion in the exhibition.

6.4  All works selected for exhibition must remain on show for the duration of the exhibition. No early collection can be accommodated.

6.5  Curatorial responsibility for the Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition is maintained by Hornsby Shire Council. All artworks are hung in the best relative position as determined by the Arts/Cultural Development Officer whose decision is final.

6.6  The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition Award Night will be held on Saturday 22 October 2022 at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby. Visit www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize for more information and to register attendance.

7. DELIVERY OF ARTWORK:

7.1  Only artworks selected for the Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be accepted at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre or Hornsby Central Library.

7.2.1  Artworks in the category of Digital Art – Stills must be delivered to Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby on Monday 10 or Tuesday 11 October 2022 between 10am-4pm.

7.2.2  Artworks in the categories of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and 3D Works must be delivered to Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre on Sunday 16 October 2022 between 5pm-7pm. Commercial Couriers may prearrange to deliver artworks on Thursday 13 or Friday 14 October 2022 between 10am and 4pm by calling 9847 6632. Unless specifically arranged prior with the Arts/Cultural Development Officer, works will not be accepted at any other time.

7.3  All delivery and collection costs are the responsibility of the artist.

7.4  Works not delivered at the designated time will be ineligible for exhibition and disqualified from final adjudication.

8. COLLECTION OF ARTWORK:

8.1  Artists must collect their work/s on the following dates:

Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and 3D Works are to be collected from Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby on Sunday 30 October 2022 between 5pm - 7pm. Commercial Couriers may prearrange to collect artworks on Monday 31 October or Tuesday 1 November 2022 between 10am and 4pm by calling the Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6632.

Digital Art - Stills are to be collected from Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby on Wednesday 2 November 2022, 3:30pm-7pm. Commercial Couriers may prearrange to collect artworks at this time or on Thursday 3 November or Friday 4 November 2022 between 10am - 4pm by calling the Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6632.

8.2  If circumstances prohibit Artists from collecting there work/s at the set time, then Artists are advised to contact the Arts/Cultural Development Officer to make alternative arrangements.

8.3  Works not collected at the advised date/time can only be collected by calling 9847 6632. Uncollected works will attract a fee of $15.00 per artwork, per day following the collection date. Council will contact you via your supplied contact details to advise you of your uncollected work/s.

8.4  Work/s not collected by 3pm, Friday 2 December 2022 will be disposed of at the discretion of Hornsby Shire Council.

9. SELECTION AND ADJUDICATION:

9.1  The judging panel will select artworks for exhibition based on digital photographs submitted as part of the entry process. The final adjudication will take place once the exhibition has been installed.

9.2  All prizes will be awarded on the advice of the judges, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award. The judges’ decision is final.

9.3  Voting for the People’s Choice Award will close on Sunday 30 October 2022 at 3:30pm. The winner will be notified by phone and email and announced through Council’s media and social media channels.

9.4  Entrants shall not offer any gifts, hospitality or other inducements to judges or the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team for the duration of the competition and exhibition. The offer of any gifts, hospitality or other inducements to judges may result in the disqualification of the entrants’ artwork from the competition.

9.5  The Organisers present the Hornsby Art Prize Competition and Finalists’ Exhibition. Entrants’ artworks are judged by a panel of independent adjudicators. The Organisers reserve the right to amend the prize pool; not to award prizes or add additional prizes based upon on the Judge’s decisions.

9.6  Feedback from judges will be published only for artworks that are selected as winners of prizes. No feedback is provided to artists which will be part of the finalist list and artists who will remain part of the general entries for the Prize.

10. PRIZES:

10.1  Prizes will be detailed at www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/artprize.

11. SALE OF ARTWORKS:

11.1  All artworks exhibited in the Hornsby Art Prize are for sale with the price clearly marked on both on the back of the artwork and in the entry submission.

11.2 The Hornsby Art Society will coordinate the sale of works and charge a commission of 25%. If GST should be applied to the sale of your artwork, please include it in the total sale price.

12. INSURANCE:

12.1  The Organisers will take all reasonable care but will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any artwork whilst in their custody. The Organisers do not insure the works whilst in transit, in storage or on exhibition. Artists must arrange their own insurance to cover potential damage, loss or theft.

13. COPYRIGHT:

13.1  Copyright for submitted works remains the property of the entrant.

13.2  Finalist entrants grant the Organisers’ non-exclusive license to use images of their work, in print and online, within Australia for;

13.2.1  A period of three years for the purpose of promoting the Hornsby Art Prize and associated Hornsby Shire Festival of the Arts and,

13.2.2  Perpetuity for the purpose of the creation of a permanent, public digital record of the Hornsby Art Prize Finalist’s Exhibition.

13.2.2.1 Where an artist objects to the inclusion of their work in this publically available digital record, they may email the Organisers to arrange the removal of the image.

13.3  When an image is used, the artist and title of the work will be acknowledged.

13.4  The Organisers reserve the right to apply a watermark to digital images.

13.5  Images will be used for non-commercial purposes only.

14. ATTRIBUTION:

14.1  Artists will be credited both online, and alongside their physical artworks, when on display.

15. PRIVACY:

15.1 All personal information collected by the Organisers will be used solely for the purpose of the delivery of the annual Hornsby Art Prize.

These Conditions of Entry were developed by the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team and reviewed by Arts Law Centre of Australia in May/June 2017. They were reviewed and updated in April 2022.

The Hornsby Art Prize was established in 2009 and has continued since as an annual art award and exhibition organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with Hornsby Art Society.

Every year, the Competition and Exhibition are led by the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team comprised of Hornsby Shire Council Staff and Councillor Representatives, Hornsby Art Society Representatives and local arts community representatives.

The Hornsby Art Prize Project Team is responsible for guiding and administering the strategic direction and delivery of the Hornsby Art Prize through all phases of the annual delivery of the Prize. The project team ensures that the competition, Awards Night and exhibition planning remain relevant in the Australian contemporary arts scene and they are delivered to the highest standard.

All Australian residents aged eighteen years and over, currently living in Australia are eligible to enter the Hornsby Art Prize. Only Australian artists, resident in Hornsby Shire are eligible to be considered for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award and the Hornsby Shire Outstanding Local Artist Award. Please note that an emerging artist is defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form.

Judges, members of the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team and their immediate family members are not permitted to enter the Hornsby Art Prize.

The Hornsby Art Prize is subject to a three part adjudication process, to encourage rigor and objectivity in decision-making.

A panel of three visual arts professionals are called together to adjudicate the prize. The panel will comprise of a minimum of two practicing artists, expert in different mediums and one arts administrator, academic or gallerist.

At the close of the entry period, the Judges are sent a list of participating artists. The Judges are asked to review the list and highlight any potential Conflicts of Interest as per the Hornsby Art Prize Probity Plan. Any Conflict of Interest will be recorded and managed in accordance with the Hornsby Art Prize Probity Plan to ensure the prudent management of the Hornsby Art Prize; maintaining accountability, transparency and confidentiality.

Next, the Judges are invited to Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre to review the images of the artworks submitted for entry and select the finalists for exhibition. Only works that have been chosen unanimously or with a majority decision are included in the finalists’ exhibition.

Once the exhibition has been hung, the Judges are invited to return and review the finalists’ art works hung in situ within Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre and Hornsby Central Library. They view the exhibition separately and then come together to discuss the prize winners. The prizes are awarded based on the unanimous or majority decision of the panel of Judges.

Given the nature of the prize and number of entries received, it is impossible for Judges to provide individual artists with feedback.

Following adjudication, Judge’s summarised comments are included on the labels that accompany the winning works following the award ceremony, so that viewers can understand why the work was awarded a prize.

Please note that the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team are the organisers and presenters of the Hornsby Art Prize Finalists Exhibition. As outlined above, entrant’s artworks are judged by an independent panel of adjudicators. The Hornsby Art Prize Project Team reserves the right to amend the prize pool; not to award prizes or add additional prizes based upon on the Judge’s decision.

The Judges are paid an honorary fee in appreciation of their time and expertise.

The adjudication process is the sole preserve of the panel of Judges. They decide the artworks to be included in the exhibition and award the Prizes. Neither Hornsby Shire Council staff, members of the Hornsby Art Society nor the Hornsby Art Prize Project Team participates in the decision making process.

From 2009-2016 the Hornsby Art Prize operated as an acquisitive prize, where the major prize winning piece was acquired, or kept by Hornsby Shire Council. In 2017 the Hornsby Art Prize moved from being an acquisitive prize to non-acquisitive prize. This move was in recognition of Councils’ limitations as a collecting institution and a reflection of Councils’ commitment to ensuring that the best work entered, wins; regardless of its future capacity for display within Hornsby Shire Council premises. This means that the winner of the Hornsby Art Prize will have the opportunity to sell their artwork at the Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition as per its ticketed price, or take the artwork home.

All artworks entered into the Hornsby Art Prize Competition are nominated by the artist for one of five categories. Those categories are Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D works and Digital Art - Stills. All artworks entered into the competition are considered for the Hornsby Art Prize major award, regardless of category. The Hornsby Art Prize major award is awarded to the most outstanding work entered in that year.

In order to provide specific support, encouragement and recognition to local artists, the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award and Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards are run. These prizes are designed to celebrate local artists, support them in their career development and showcase locally generated creative content to our local community.

The prize for these awards includes cash, Hornsby Art Society membership and a week exhibition, curatorial and marketing support at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre. The exhibitions will be held during the following year. The cash, exhibition and membership elements of these prizes may not be split which means that acceptance of the cash prize is a commitment to the exhibition. If an artist cannot produce an exhibition (no matter how large or small) for whatever reason, they are advised not to nominate for these specific prizes.

Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award

Emerging artists who reside in Hornsby Shire, submitting work into the Hornsby Art Prize are asked to nominate for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award. To do this, they will need to tick the Emerging Artist tick box, and enter their postcode. An emerging artist is defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form. The Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award is awarded to the most outstanding eligible artwork, regardless of category. The Hornsby Emerging Artist Award winner is also eligible to win the Hornsby Art Prize.

Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award

The Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award will be awarded to the most outstanding work, in any category, produced by an artist resident in Hornsby Shire. On the online application form, artists need to nominate themselves to be considered for the award, by ticking the box and inserting their postcode. The Wallarobba Outstanding Local Award winner is also eligible to win the Hornsby Art Prize.

The Hornsby Art Prize is categorised by technique. Knowing how to categorise your entry can sometimes be a simple answer and sometimes a difficult one. Ultimately, the artist is submits the work into the category that most closely resembles the technique used to create the artwork. So an artwork that has been created by applying paint to a canvas will be submitted into the category of Painting. Where an artist has used multiple techniques to create a work, the artist must identify the predominant technique employed and submit the work in the relevant category.

The categories of Drawing and Painting do not require a specific explanation. More details are provided about the categories of 3D Works, Printmaking and Digital Art – Stills because of the plethora of ways in which they can be interpreted.

Printmaking

Printmaking is defined as the production of images using various techniques of multiplication, done by the hand of the artist. The Hornsby Art Prize accepts prints utilising (partially or totally) the three major printing processes: relief, intaglio and surface (including lithography and stencil methods).

Prints are considered to be original, even though they can exist as multiples. Every print within an edition will be considered as one original work. This means that if one print in an edition has previously been exhibited in an art prize or competition with NSW, the entire edition (including the AP or PP) will be considered to have been exhibited. Therefore the print, regardless of its number within the edition will be outside the Conditions of Entry for the Hornsby Art Prize.

Fine art photography, reproduction prints, digital art, documentary photography (of performance art) and pigment printing or Gicleé printing will not be accepted within the Printmaking category of the Hornsby Art Prize.

Digital Art

Digital Art is defined as any artistic practice or artwork that relies on the use of computers in its main creation. A Still or Still Imagery is considered to be a non-moving visual representation of something (person, place, object, concept, etc.). For the purposes of the Hornsby Art Prize, the category of Digital Art – Stills will accept non-moving artworks that have been created, in the main part, using computers, computer programs or mechanical printing processes. These artworks may be 2 or 3 dimensional. Digital photography, digital imaging, digital painting, digital illustrating and Tradigital art, subject to the Conditions of Entry, will be accepted into the Digital Art - Stills category of the Hornsby Art Prize.

All artworks submitted into the Digital Art – Stills Category will be printed in some form. Prints are considered to be original, even though they can exist as multiples. Every print within an edition will be considered as one original work. This means that if one print in an edition has previously been exhibited in an art prize or competition with NSW, the entire edition (including the AP or PP) will be considered to have been exhibited. Therefore the print, regardless of its number within the edition will be outside the Conditions of Entry for the Hornsby Art Prize.

The Hornsby Art Prize Project Team recognises that this definition of Digital Art does not embrace the fullest understanding of Digital Art and the mediums’ opportunities for working with time-based art, interactive art or digital presentation methodologies. The current definition recognises the existing display limitations of the Hornsby Art Prize delivery venues.

3D Works

3D Works are defined as artworks created in three dimensions using at least one of 5 processes including, carving, modelling (in clay), modelling and then casting, constructing or assemblage.

Where an artist has any queries about which category to submit their work into, they are encouraged to contact the Arts/Cultural Development Officer on 9847 6632.

The Hornsby Art Prize receives hundreds of entries every year. It is not possible to display every entry. This means that some form of preselection procedure must be implemented. It is also not practical to get participants together for a preselection event and exhibition and award night. This is why artists are invited to submit a photo. Visual arts professionals are chosen to judge the Prize because they understand that when they are reviewing the photographic entry, they need to ‘look through’ the photo to see the artwork within it and make a decision based on the artwork and not the photo.

Tip to artists submitting works under glass: Artworks under glass are difficult to photograph - so artists are advised to take a good photograph of the work once it is completed and before it is framed.

The exhibition is held in Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre and Hornsby Central Library. They are both functioning community spaces. There are no storage facilities. For the safety of both artworks and people on site, storage is not offered.

Artworks left onsite following the exhibition will attract a fee of $15 per artwork, per day. Artworks that remain at Council after the date outlined in the Conditions of Entry will be disposed of at the discretion of Hornsby Shire Council, and the artists will be invoiced the late fee.

The Hornsby Art Prize receives hundreds of entries every year. It is not possible to display every entry.

Two different hanging systems are used in the exhibition. The inclusion of a set of d-rings and professional hanging cord on the rear of an artwork allows greater flexibility and security when hanging works. Please see the image below for the suggested layout of the d-rings and cord.

Please note that as per condition 4.1 in the conditions of entry, artworks must be framed or appropriately mounted. Works with hanging wire, inappropriate cord, screw eyes or other protruding metal or wire will not be accepted. No wet artworks will be accepted.

3D artworks must be submitted on or accompanied by a white plinth for exhibition. The plinth must be labelled with the artist’s name, artwork title and contact details.

A label with artist’s name, phone number, title of work and price must be marked clearly on the back of each artwork. These details must be the same as the entry form.

No. Artworks will not be accepted with hanging wire attached. Artists will be asked to remove the hanging wire prior to submitting the work.

No. You will be asked to attach d-rings to the work prior to submitting the work.

No. Entries must be secured with d-rings and also have a professional hanging cord attached one third of the way down from the top edge.

No. All 3D artworks must be accompanied by some form of white plinth, unless they can be wall mounted.

No. Please note that this measurement includes the frame.

Council supports the Hornsby Art Society to deliver an art competition for young artists that is held annually as part of Youth Week. Young artists are encouraged to enter this stand-alone competition. For more information on this competition, please contact the Hornsby Art Society on 9476 8869.

No. Any work found to be anything other than what is represented on the entry form will be disqualified. The Hornsby Art Prize Conditions of Entry requires that all artworks are original, and created entirely within the two years before the exhibition. For example; if you create an original drawing and have it reproduced as a high quality digital print, you may not submit the print as a drawing because the print is a reproduction and therefore not original.

Yes. All artworks in the Hornsby Art Prize Exhibition are to be ticketed for sale.

Yes. There is a 25% commission on sales for the Hornsby Art Prize. This goes to the Hornsby Art Society to assist the Society with their ongoing support of the local arts community.

Each entry costs $40. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist can submit. There are no discounts for entries. There are no refunds for works that do not make the final exhibition.

No. Please submit one photograph for 2 dimensional works only. If entering a 3D artwork, a second image may be submitted.

Hornsby Art Society can assist with photography of works. Please contact Hornsby Art Society on 9476 8869 to enquire about assistance.

  1. Use Google Chrome as your web browser. Internet Explorer, Safari etc. can cause problems with the entry process.
  2. Your photo might be bigger than 2MB – it needs to be saved at a smaller size.
  3. All photos need to be saved as JPEG files.
  4. All photos need to be saved with the following title:
    Your Surname_ your first name_Title of artwork_1.jpeg, Eg: Davinci_Leonardo_Mona Lisa_1.jpeg

Still having problems, then make a booking with the Arts/Cultural Development Officer for assistance with your entry on 9847 6632.

Make an appointment with the Arts/Cultural Development Officer who will be able to assist you with the entry process. Bookings are essential for this free service, please call 9847 6632.

For the Arts/Cultural Development Officer to complete your entry you will need to bring the following:

  • Credit Card for entry payment
  • Accurate dimensions of artwork
  • Photo file of Artwork

The $40 entry fee is a non-refundable administration fee. There are no refunds for works that do not make the final exhibition.

No. Curatorial responsibility for the Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition is maintained by Hornsby Shire Council. All artworks are hung in the best relative position as determined by the Arts/Cultural Development Officer whose decision is final.

In the event that an artist is unhappy with the position of their work, they may advise Council of this in writing. The Arts/Cultural Development Officer will remove the artwork in question from the exhibition and make it available for immediate collection by the artist. No refunds will be offered and late fees will be charged for failure to collect the work from the date that it is taken off the wall.

Where there is a discrepancy between the Conditions of Entry and the Frequently Asked Questions, the Conditions of Entry will apply.

We look forward to seeing your amazing submissions in 2022!

The 2022 Hornsby Art Prize has the honour of confirming an Adjudication Panel with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of art education, art collection and art practice across all five categories. The three distinguished judges for the 2022 Hornsby Art Prize are the following:

Janet TavenerJanet Tavener’s art practice explores the changing nature of consumption and the geopolitics of food production and distribution and its effect on the environment. She works predominately with photography & sculpture and has exhibited internationally in Korea, Iceland and throughout Australia.

Janet has taught photography at Hornsby TAFE for over 20 years & was a resident in the Hornsby Shire for over 15 years.

Col HenryA lifetime of making sculpture and still learning. He mostly creates large Public Artworks from stainless steel. He is an innovator, not and imitator, and enjoys the fact that his vast experience allows him to hand-form and shape his creations. These skills are a lost art in our creative journey to the next movement. Known for his mentorship programs, teaching and his deep understanding of the 3 dimensional art.

Kerry Anne-BlanketHighly educated and connected in art circles, KAB Gallery’s Director and Curator Kerry-Anne Blanket holds two Masters degrees in Visual Arts Education (Hons) and Theories of Art Practice from the University of Sydney. Kerry-Anne’s career has taken her from art education to the National Trust of Australia’s museums, through to managing a leading Sydney art and antiques auction house. Kerry-Anne opened her own online and bricks and mortar gallery in 2013, and a few years later opened a second gallery space on Sydney’s Upper North Shore.

Kerry-Anne Blanket is interested in all mediums and admires art that delivers a fresh approach to art market trends. Kerry-Anne regularly contributes and appears as both an art commentator and critic in magazines, newspapers, TV news and radio programs.

Important dates for the 2022 Hornsby Art Prize

Entries open Monday 02 May
Entries close NEW CLOSING DATE Sunday 7 August 2022
Finalist’s announced Monday 12 September
Digital Art – Stills courier/artist drop-off 10am-4pm, Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 October
Courier drop off for non-digital artworks 10am-4pm, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October
Main drop off for artworks 5pm - 7pm, Sunday 16 October
Exhibition opens to public Wednesday 19 – Sunday 30 October
Award Night 6pm, Saturday 22 October
Exhibition de-installation and collection 5pm – 7pm, Sunday 30 October
Courier collection 10am-4pm, Monday 31 October and Tuesday 1 November

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held at two locations in the Hornsby Town Centre from Wednesday 19 – Sunday 30 October:

  • Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
    • Open: 10am-4pm daily
      On exhibition: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing and 3D Works
  • Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby
    • Open Monday to Sunday (please check current times)
      On exhibition: Digital Art - Stills

The Award Night will be held on Saturday 22 October from 6pm at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre. Attendance is free, registration essential.

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Hornsby Art Society