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SCAP 2023 major prize winner, Judith Crispin with her artwork Jenni, in spirit form

Artists from across the Nation have until May 19 to enter one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes.

The Sunshine Coast National Art Prize boasts a $35,000 prize pool and is open to Australian contemporary artists working in any 2D medium and in new media.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Rosanna Natoli said the Art Prize was a flagship for the region and was well recognised across the country for reflecting the outstanding calibre of 2D and new media arts practice in Australia.

“Sunshine Coast Council has once again cast the net wide, encouraging entries from the best contemporary artists in Australia,” Mayor Natoli said.

“Each year we receive an awe-inspiring collection of works from both renowned and emerging Australian artists, and with just a few days to go, 2024 is shaping up to be the same.

“The winning work will be entered into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, our region’s ambitious, dynamic and vibrant collection of works and a cultural legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

The 40 artworks selected as finalists will be exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 24 to October 13, 2024. 

Caloundra Regional Gallery Curator Jo Duke said the unique acquisitive prize provided the winner and finalists exposure to vast and diverse audiences.

“The 40 finalists receive national promotion and a wealth of exposure before, during and after the seven-week physical and online exhibition,” Ms Duke said.

“Once again, the cost of freight for finalists is covered by International Art Services and the gallery, reducing the financial burden on artists.”

The Sunshine Coast National Art Prize 2024 is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast CouncilArgon Law Sunshine Coast, De Deyne familyCaloundra Chamber of Commerce and International Art Services.

The artwork awarded with the Major Prize will be acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. A People’s Choice prize is also decided by way of public vote by exhibition visitors.

For more information on this acquisitive art prize visit gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


  • The Sunshine Coast National Art Prize 2024 is a national contemporary art award in both 2D and new media presented by Sunshine Coast Council.
  • Entry Fee is $40

Prizes and supporters

Key dates and information

  • Entries close: 11.59 Sunday May 19 AEST.
  • Finalists notified by Sunday June 9.
  • Exhibition: 23 August until October 13.
  • Winners announced: October 3.