Last call for entries in Sunshine Coast art prize
  • Thursday 26 February 2009

Artists have only one month left to put the final touches to their entries in the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery director John Waldron said this year’s prize had already attracted a diverse range of styles, and he expected more artworks to come flooding in by the 31 March closing date.

“This is one of the best art prizes in Australia for emerging and established artists to boost their profile and gain exposure to a wide viewing audience,” Mr Waldron said.

All Australian artists working in any 2D medium are invited to enter and compete for the $15,000 first prize plus a four-week residency in Maleny valued at $5000.

Forty finalists will be chosen by a pre-selection panel, before the winner is selected by a single judge.

This year's judge is highly regarded art dealer, patron and philanthropist Phillip Bacon.

The winning entry and finalists will be on display at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. After the judging is announced, visitors to the gallery can then lodge their vote for a People’s Choice award.

Entries for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize are invited via the website at by 31 March. Applicants will be asked to set up a user account and then make a payment of $25 by credit card or a Paypal account. Once payment has been made, artists can then upload images and complete their application.