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A new art prize has been established to assist Australian artists and $45,000 is up for grabs

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A new national competition for paintings of any subject has been launched, offering $45,000 in prize money.

Meet The National Capital Art Prize, a new competition for artists disadvantaged by the global COVID-19 pandemic offering $45,000 in prize money to Australian artists.

Created to support artists whose opportunity to showcase their work has been limited by COVID restrictions, Director and Founder of the National Capital Art Prize Bob Stephens says the aim of the prize is to open the floor to any and all artists who use paint as their medium.

“The inaugural 2021 National Capital Art Prize welcomes both established and emerging artists to submit pieces on any theme or genre. We particularly did not want to put restrictions on the artists and are encouraging entrants to paint whatever they like,” he says.

The Prize is divided into four categories—Open, First Nations Prize for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists, Landscape and Student.

Finalists from all categories will have their work displayed in an exhibition in Canberra in mid-September, with works available to be sold, creating a commercial opportunity for artists.

Entrants can paint any subject and use any medium including oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, or pencil, as long as the work was created in Australia. Each artist can enter up to four different paintings in any combination of the four main categories.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award chosen from the finalists from each category.

“Entrants only need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, and over 18 years of age, so we really do welcome all entries,” says Mr Stephens. “We are very much looking forward to what the 2021 competition will bring.”

Entries close on 1 July 2021. Finalists will be announced on 2 August and their works displayed in a public exhibition in Canberra from 18 September. Find more information at www.nationalcapitalartprize.com.au

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