Annual Art Award

The Art Awards started in 2008 following a partnership with the Queanbeyan Art Society dating back to 1975.

Council sponsored a major acquisitive prize at the society’s annual exhibition and the prize-winning artworks form the bulk of council’s art collection. The collection also contains additional works acquired at these exhibitions and others that have been gifted, and totals approximately 130 works.

Since 2008 the Art Awards have been both a non-acquisitive and acquisitive exhibition sponsored and managed by QPRC and held in The Q-Exhibition Space, in Queanbeyan.

2023 Art Award exhibition

The Braidwood and Bungendore Bendigo Bank branches have increased their financial support of the QPRC Art Awards to $10,000. This allows the introduction of a $2,000 First Nations Indigenous Art Award and $500 Highly Commended Awards in most categories. It will double the number of artists receiving awards in 2023 and encourage and promote Indigenous artists to participate in this public arts initiative.

Council still maintains the $5,000 Acquisitive Award, which adds a significant local artist work to our collection each year and rewards the artist most voted for in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Independent judges from outside our region are selected and volunteer their time. Our Sponsors – Palerang Financial Services trading as - Braidwood & Bungendore Community Bank Branches of Bendigo Bank – will give out two awards - The ‘Bendigo Pick Award’ and its runner up.

This year the art competition has been re-branded as the QPRC and Bendigo Bank 2023 Art Awards.

Entry is only open to artists and craftspeople 18 years and over who live in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area. The Awards Exhibition will be held at The Q-Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan.

2023 Prizes

  • $5,000 Major Acquisitive Award – joins the QPRC Art Collection
  • $3,000 3D Art Award 
  • $500 3D Highly Commended 
  • $2,000 First Nation's Indigenous Art Award
  • $500 First Nation's Highly Commended 
  • $2,000 Youth Emerging Art Award
  • $500 Youth Highly Commended
  • $1,000 Bendigo Pick Award 
  • $500 Bendigo Highly Commended 
  • $1,000 People's Choice Award – conferred at the conclusion of the exhibition

Key dates are:

  • Online registrations open - 27 March
  • Online registrations CLOSE 30 April
  • Delivery of artworks 8 and 9 May
  • Opening event Wednesday 17 May
  • Exhibition continues till 10 June
  • Collection of works 13 and 14 June

Click here to view form.

The terms and conditions for this years awards are available for download here(PDF, 167KB).

2022 QPRC Art Award winners

The winners for the 2022 Art Awards were announced on 12 May at The Q.

Frank Lindner with his photo Virus Prepper - winner of the 2022 QPRC Art Award acquisitive prize

Winner of the 2022 Art Award Acquisitive prize Frank Lindner with his photograph 'Virus Prepper'

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  • The QPRC Acquisitive Art Award: $5,000 - Frank Lindner for 'Virus Prepper'
  • Youth Emerging Artist Award: $2,000 -Mahala Hill for 'Mutated I'
  • 3D Award: $3,000 - Karen Warburton for 'UPCYCLE'\
  • Bendigo Pick Award: $1,000 - Kate Curruthers for 'Rain on the way'
  • People’s Choice Award: $1,000 - Rebecca Lee for 'Regeneration'