2022 Application Details

City of Busselton Art Award 2021 / Key Facts
Entries must be received by Midnight 17th Oct 2021 Friday 22nd of October 4pm

The City of Busselton Art Award is open to all artists residing in Western Australia working in any medium or subject. Through this annual award,
the City of Busselton aims to build a collection of contemporary Western Australian art and promote ArtGeo Gallery as an exhibition venue.

The 14th annual City of Busselton Art Award is continuing our new format. The finalists of the Art Award will be shown in the ArtGeo Gallery while an additional Showcase of Skills will be exhibited in the Old Courthouse. This extended show will enable artists and visitors to more fully appreciate the depth of talent from West Australian Artists.

Traditionally the Art Award was shown in September. Again this year the award will be shown in December 2021 and January 2022. This period coincides with the highest visitation frequency to ArtGeo per year giving the Art Award and your work maximum exposure and impact. An array of complimentary programs will further enhance and the Art Award. If your artwork is not selected for the City of Busselton Art Award, then your work will be in the running for display in the Showcase of Skills in the Old Courthouse. Space limitations apply. These pieces will be available for purchase and taken home the same day.

1st prize acquisitive

+ solo exhibition

emerging artist award

people’s choice

highly commended

Entries must be received by Midnight 17th Oct 2021

Metro drop-off

Sun 14th Nov, 12-4pm, Art Install, 45 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle

Country drop-off

Mon 15th– Tue 16th Nov, 10am – 4pm, ArtGeo Gallery, 4-7 Queen St, Busselton

Selection & judging

Finalists will be announced Mon 22nd Nov by 4pm, here

Awards presentation

6–8pm Friday 3rd of December ArtGeo Gallery, Queen Street Cultural Precinct, Busselton.

Pick-up for unsold display works after exhibition ends

Local Pick up:
Mon 31st Jan, 10am – 4pm ArtGeo Gallery, 4-7 Queen St, Busselton

Metro Pick up:
9th Feb, 2-6pm, Art Install, 45 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle


» Artists must be resident in Western Australia.

» Artists must be 18 years of age or older.

» Entries limited to one per artist.

» City of Busselton staff involved with the exhibition or employed at ArtGeo Cultural Complex are not eligible to enter.

» Artwork must have been executed within the last 12 months and be the artist’s original work. Maximum size for 2D work including dyptich and tryptich is 140cm x 140cm total. Please discuss size & weight of 3D work with ArtGeo staff, prior to submission of entry form. Failure to do so will result in the ineligibility of your work. No refunds given.

» Please discuss any digital art work with ArtGeo staff, prior to submission of entry form. Failure to do so will result in the ineligibility of your work. No refunds given.

Eligibility for Emerging Artist Award
You are considered emerging regardless of age if you meet all of these criteria:

» Have not won an art award worth more than $5000.

» Have not held a solo exhibition in a recognised commercial or public gallery by invitation.

» If applicable, have practiced as a professional artist with an ABN for 5 years or less.
» Sell your work for less than $5000.

Submission process

» Non-refundable entry fee $35 inc GST, payable via this payment form
» Please include a reproduction-quality digital image of the artwork submitted for selection (jpg format, 300 dpi minimum).

» Selection for the exhibition and consideration for an award is made in the presence of the artworks. Selection is not made from photographs. Photographs are used for our records and publicity only, with an image credit line.

Drop-off & delivery of artwork

» All entries must be labelled with artist’s name and title on the back of the work using provided template.

» Entries must be presented ready for installation with suitable hanging devices attached (if applicable), eg D rings positioned at the top of the frame or artwork (5–10cm).

» Artwork being delivered via Art Install’s (45 Queen Victoria St., Fremantle) drop-off service must be packed with bubble wrap and solid cardboard box, and clearly marked with artist’s name and title of artwork on outside of packaging.

Selection & Judging

» All entries will be assessed for selection for the exhibition by a panel of experts, who will then judge the selected artworks for the City of Busselton Art Award ($10,000 acquisitive) and the Emerging Artist Award ($2,500 non-acquisitive). Highly Commended certificates ($500) may also be awarded at the judges discretion.

» Please do not enter this award if you are unwilling to go through a pre-selection process. The judges’ decision is final. No communication is permitted without their agreement.

» The winning entry becomes the property of the City of Busselton. If the value of the prize-winning work exceeds $10,000 the lesser amount must be accepted.

» People’s Choice Award selected by popular vote at the end of the exhibition.

Insurance & Sales

» Artworks are covered for insurance by City of Busselton whilst on exhibition only, not during transit. An excess of $1000 applies. 34% commission will be charged by City of Busselton on all sales made during the exhibition.

» All Artwork submitted as an entry in the art award must be for sale. The City of Busselton will retain 34% commission from the sale price Artists without an ABN must provide a Statement By Supplier form available from the ATO