WAMA Art Prize, Works on Paper 2023

Medium / category: Works on paper

Requirements: Entrants must submit a work on paper that is inspired by the natural environment

Eligibility: Australian residents

Associated institutions: Creative Victoria, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Ararat City Council

The WAMA Art Prize, Works on Paper, is a $25,000 biennial national award in excellence. Inviting a multi-disciplinary range of nature-inspired Australian artists, the award celebrates connectivity with nature and raises awareness of the importance of conserving our precious, unique Australian environment.

Artists must be residing primarily in Australia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply. For the purposes of this prize, a ‘Work on Paper’ is defined as a work made on or with paper as the primary medium, and may be two- or three-dimensional. The work must have been completed in 2022 or 2023.

The judging panel will include artist Dr Vicki Couzens, art historian and art critic Robert Nelson, contemporary art gallery director Suzanne Davies, and Dr Jacqueline Healy, Chair, WAMA Art Advisory Council.

Key Dates: Entries open 1 April 2023 and close 19 May 2023

Awards Exhibition: 19 August – 19 November 2023 at Ararat Gallery TAMA, Victoria


Major prize is an Acquisitive Prize of $15,000

Three Awards of Excellence of $2,500 (non-acquisitive)

The People’s Choice Award of $2,500 (non-acquisitive)

To enter, contact the WAMA team at art@wama.net.au

For more information, visit the WAMA Art Prize website here, or check out their socials on Facebook or Instagram.

Image: 2021 inaugural WAMA Art Prize major winner, Melissa Smith, Listen Deeply – Lake Sorell 2021. Courtesy: the artist and WAMA.