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Submissions

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​​Key dates for 2024

DateActivity
17 April to 28 August
Visual Art Awards submissions open
27 April to 25 August
Central exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art celebrating the 2023 Excellence Award winners
17 July to 17 September
In Residence submissions open​
​September to November
​Regional Exhibitions held across Queensland
​​26 to ​28 November
​In Residence 3-day residency held in Brisbane​

Submission guidelines

  • All Queensland state and non-state schools offering senior visual art can submit up to 4 students' artworks—including students studying visual arts through Visual Arts in Practice, Certificate III (Visual Art) and International Baccalaureate (with visual arts as a study area).

  • 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.

  • Only 1 work per student may be submitted and up to 4 entries per school.

  • To support the judging process and online gallery, clear digital images are required for each submission or 1 screenshot for video works. We recommend supplying more than 1 image to assist the judging process.

  • 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.

  • Video works should not exceed 4 minutes duration.

  • 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. We recommend also supplying an artist biography and process documentation to support the judging process.

  • 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.

  • All accepted artworks are invited to exhibit at their corresponding regional exhibition. Schools should liaise with the respective regional coordinator​ for more information. Artworks may be required to adapt their display to suit the venue and exhibition needs.

Judging process

A selection panel 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. Awards are announced at the regional exhibition presentation events.

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Last updated 16 January 2024