Regional Art Awards feature $16,000 in prizes

Published on 16 March 2023

Image of 2022 Art Award Winner: Virus Prepper by Frank Lindner

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is inviting artists from the region to enter the QPRC Bendigo Bank Art Awards.

This year the Braidwood and Bungendore Bendigo Bank branches have increased their support of the QPRC Bendigo Bank Art Awards to $10,000.

This funding allows us to introduce a First Nations Indigenous Art Award and Highly Commended awards in four categories.

‘We are very excited to be offering these new prizes to our arts community,’ said Mayor Kenrick Winchester.

‘We have many established and emerging artists in our region and we are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to showcase their talents.’

Palerang Financial Services board member Richard Elliott shared that Bendigo Bank were proud to support this year’s awards.

‘The arts community play a significant role in our district, and this is one way that we can show the Bank’s support.’

Council’s Team Leader for Culture & Arts, Janita Byrne, is grateful to grow the awards through this sponsorship.

‘Working in partnership with the Braidwood and Bungendore Bendigo Bank branches means doubling the number of artists receiving awards - in the past many deserving works weren’t awarded and this will go some way to address that.’

She added that she feels privileged to promote our First Nations Award. ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to promote and support the art of our Indigenous community.’

Registrations are open to artists 18 years and over who live in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region from 27 March to 30 April.

Categories and Prizes for 2023

  • $5000 Major Acquisitive Award
  • $3000 3D Art Award                                              -  $500 3D Highly Commended
  • $2000 First Nation's Indigenous Art Award           -  $500 First Nation's Highly Commended
  • $2000 Youth Emerging Art Award                         -  $500 Youth Highly Commended
  • $1000 Bendigo Pick Award                                   -  $500 Bendigo Highly Commended
  • $1000 People's Choice Award

Key dates for the 2023 Art Awards are:

  • Registrations open      - 27 March
  • Registrations close     - 30 April
  • Delivery of artworks    - 8 and 9 May
  • Opening event            - 17 May
  • Exhibition runs            - 17 May to 10 June
  • Collection of works     - 13 and 14 June


For full conditions and registration information please go to


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