Key dates for 2021


19 April to 30 August

Submissions open for Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

24 April to 8 August

​Central exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art – celebrating 2020’s Excellence Award winners


Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art judging

6 September to 8 October

Nominations open for In residence


Regional exhibitions and presentation events

​30 November to 2 December

​In residence, Brisbane

​Early to mid 2022

​Central exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art – celebrating 2021's Excellence Award winners

How to enter

Submissions for the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art 2021 are now open.

Submission process

Schools must download and read the 2021 information for schools booklet (PDF, 634KB)(DOCX, 1.6MB) carefully before submitting into the awards. The booklet contains information on all elements of the program and what is expected of schools and students.

Before finalising the submission, the submitting teacher will be asked to tick a box acknowledging their understanding and acceptance of the program’s terms and conditions.

Project consent form

All students participating in the awards program are required to complete a 2021 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art project consent form (PDF, 219KB)(DOCX, 121KB).

Schools will be required to upload completed forms via the submission portal. Submissions cannot be completed without this.


Once the submitting teacher, student and their parent/guardian have read the information for schools booklet and have received the student’s completed project consent form, visit the submission portal to submit into the awards.

Submission guidelines

  • All Queensland state and non-state schools offering senior visual art can submit up to 4 students' artworks.
  • The visual art head of department and principal of the school where the student is enrolled must endorse the artwork as appropriate and ensure that it is compliant with the eligibility and submission requirements.
  • To support the judging process and online gallery, digital images are required for each submission or 1 screen shot for video works.
  • The size of the submitted artwork must not exceed 1.8m x 2m x 2m once installed.
  • If the artwork has individual components, parts should not exceed 20kg.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a supporting artist statement of no longer than 100 words. The artist statement must be written by the student, be grammatically correct and approved by the teacher submitting the artwork.
  • A consent form signed by a parent/guardian must accompany the submission or the artwork cannot be exhibited.
  • Any work the department deems to be inappropriate for public viewing will not be accepted, and the program manager will contact the school to discuss any concerns.
  • Students must have the permission of the copyright owner of any work that has been reproduced in their artwork before it will be included in exhibitions. If permission has not been obtained, the work cannot be exhibited and the program manager will contact the school to discuss the concerns.

Judging process

Selection panels will shortlist up to 150 works from the total submissions. From the shortlist, up to 40 excellence winners will be selected, and 1 student from each region will receive a regional encouragement award.

Last updated 19 April 2021