Ramsay Art Prize

Medium / category: All mediums

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia

Associated institution: AGSA 

Held every two years, the $100,000 acquisitive prize invites submissions of new or recent work by Australian artists under the age of 40 working in any medium, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation and time-based art. Presented by AGSA since 2017, the prize is generously supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation in perpetuity. Embodying the values of James and Diana Ramsay’s legacy, the Ramsay Art Prize strongly supports contemporary Australian artists at a pivotal moment in their careers. Finalist works are selected by an eminent panel of judges and shown in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Entries to the Ramsay Art Prize must be contemporary as defined by the entrant. There are no restrictions on scale, medium or subject matter. All media refers to the type/form and presentation of the art to be judged, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound digital, net or live art.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Ida Sophia, Witness

Winner: Ramsay Art Prize

The Different Award Categories

The winning work is judged from the exhibition and is acquired into the Gallery’s collection, with the winning artist receiving $100,000. The Exhibition also includes a People’s Choice Prize worth $15,000, supported by sponsor LK, and decided by public vote.

Information up to date from June 14 2023