​​​​Key dates for 2024

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​

How to enter

Submissions for the 2024 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art are open from 17 April to 28 August 2024.

Submissions for 2024 In Residence will open July/August 2024. For more information on how to enter, visit the In Residence page​.

The below instructions are for teachers submitting into the Awards program only.

Step 1: Create an account for the new Teacher Portal

The online submission portal has been updated and is hosted by a new provider in 2024. To create a submission for the Awards, teachers will first need to register and create an account through the Teacher Portal. Please note that this portal will only allow one account to be created per school (per program) and that login details from previous years will not work on the new system.

Click here to create an account for the Teacher Portal

A step-by-step 'how-to' guide has been created to assist with navigating the new system. This guide contains instructions on how to create an account in the Teacher Portal, access the Submission Portal, and begin creating submissions for the Awards.

Download our 'how-to' guide

Step 2: Prepare and complete a submission

Submissions are only accepted online via the new Submission portal, which teachers can access via the Teacher Portal once they have created an account. The Submission Portal contains all submission information including guidelines, consent forms, and regional exhibition information. Schools must download and read the 2024 Submission guidelines booklet​ 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 a submission, the submitting teacher will be asked to tick a box acknowledging their understanding and acceptance of the program's terms and conditions.

Consent forms

All students participating in the awards program are required to complete a 2024 Creative Generation Awards in Visual Art project consent form.

Students are also encouraged to complete a 2024 Ministerial consent form.

​Forms are available through the Submission Portal.

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.

Last updated 17 April 2024