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Entries now open for the 2020 Blacktown City Art Prize

Every day until Tue 24 Aug 2021
Tuesday – Saturday from10am–5pm
Free Event
Parking Available, Public Transport, Toilet on Site, Disabled Facilities
Entries are now open for the $20,000 Blacktown City Art Prize, which celebrates its 25th year in 2020.

Artists across Australia are invited to submit artwork for the top award and three supporting awards – the Aboriginal Artist Prize, Local Artist Prize and the People’s Choice Prize.

There is no set theme for the prize and artwork can be in sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed media, photo-media, textiles, printmaking or ceramics.

Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM encouraged artists from across Australia, and especially those living locally, to enter.

“Now in its 25th year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a major cultural event in Western Sydney,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“We have some incredibly talented homegrown artists living in Blacktown City and it is always wonderful to see their work featured alongside pieces entered by artists from around our diverse and multicultural country.”

“The calibre of work submitted is always incredibly impressive and, while it’s been a challenging time for many, I’m sure it will be no different this year.”

“I look forward to viewing the finalists’ work on exhibition in our award-winning Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.”

Entries close Tuesday 6 October 2020.

With a total prize pool of $20,000 on offer, the Blacktown City Art Prize will culminate in an exhibition of the finalists’ work at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre from Saturday 28 November 2020 until January 2021.

The top award at the 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize was taken out by Blacktown resident Jamie Eastwood for ‘Blacktown Native Institution 1823-2018 Then and Now’, a mixed media artwork made from acrylic paint, collage and paper ochre.

Prizes awarded:

Blacktown City Art Prize: $15,000
Aboriginal Artist Prize: $2,000
Local Artist Prize: $2,000
People’s Choice Prize: $1,000

The artwork awarded the Blacktown City Art Prize will be acquired for the Blacktown City Art Collection. All other artworks in the exhibition will be available to buy in person at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre or online via the Blacktown Arts website for the duration of the exhibition.

For further information and to enter, visit


Tuesday 25 August 2020
Entries open

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 5pm sharp
Entries close

Tuesday 27 October 2020
Finalists announced

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November 2020, 9am – 5pm
Artwork deliveries to the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown

Saturday 28 November 2020
Prize winners announced

Saturday 28 November 2020 – Thursday 28 January 2021
Exhibition open at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January 2021, 9am – 5pm
Artwork collection from the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Images from the 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize are available here.

About Blacktown Arts

Blacktown City Council’s Blacktown Arts is a recognised leader in the development of contemporary arts in Australia. We support artistic innovation and offer exciting, new experiences for audiences through an award-winning curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops, residencies and events. We are committed to making dynamic, culturally diverse work that reflects Blacktown, its history and its communities. We place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities at the heart of our program to develop new work drawing on issues of local and global significance.

The Blacktown City Art Prize is proudly sponsored by Blacktown City Council, Ford Land, Workers Blacktown, and Westlink M7.
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre,
78 Flushcombe Road,
Arts centre on
  9627 6777

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