Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2013 now calling for entries
  • Wednesday 30 January 2013

Sunshine Coast Council today announced nation-wide entries are being sought for the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP), with entries closing on 28 March 2013.

Now in its eighth consecutive year, SCAP has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said SCAP was one of the richest art prizes in Australia and continues to attract the best contemporary and emerging artists our nation has to offer.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize awards are valued at over $46,000 in 2D, 3D and T3 (Tertiary) categories,” Cr McKay said.

“SCAP is produced by Sunshine Coast Council to encourage artistic excellence and to bring quality artwork to a regional audience.

“The award provides a distinguished contribution to the national art calendar, attracting talented artists from around the country to enter contemporary 2D and 3D art.

“Every year this competition attracts a dynamic range of media and artists.

“The artists who participate, whether they are younger emerging artists or more established professionals, consistently produce an extremely high standard of art work.”

A selection of 40 finalists will be chosen from the entries in each of the national categories submitted to the pre-selection panel and will be presented in exhibitions at each of council’s galleries with the winners of the 2D and 3D categories each receiving $15,000 cash prize.

In addition to the top awards, other prizes include:

  • Two non-acquisitive ‘Highly Commended’ prizes in the 2D and 3D categories, each to the value of $2,500, will also be announced at the official exhibition launches
  • A non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize in each of the 2D and 3D categories, to the value of $2,500, to be awarded to the artists who receive the most votes from visitors to the SCAP 2D and 3D exhibitions.

Sunshine Coast’s emerging tertiary students will be showcased through SCAP T3, a non-acquisitive art prize that includes $3,000 for a 2D category and $3,000 for a 3D category.

To apply online for the 2013 SCAP or for more details visit council’s website.