The $10,000 Naracoorte National Art Prize is looking for 2D artists!

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The 2019 Naracoorte National Art Prize coincides with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Megafauna remains at the World Heritage Naracoorte Fossil Caves in remote South Australia.

The 2019 Naracoorte National Art Prize.


This is the first year that the $10,000 acquisitive prize will be held, and Prize Coordinator Colin Kelly says there is no rigid theme.

“Take yourself on a flight of imagination,” Kelly told ArtsHub. “Let the magic and mystery of the caves and the excitement of exploration and discovery inspire your creation.” He added: “What we are trying to avoid is the idea that people have to submit exclusively scientific-styled art.”

While there are hundreds of art prizes in Australia today, there are few – in fact only one in South Australia – that can claim to have a unique relationship with a World Heritage Listed Site.

The prize is calling on artists nationally to create artworks that will be presented in this unique environment.

“There is a really strong connection that people have to the natural world through art – it is an age-old relationship,” Kelly said. “Art and science have had a partnership for hundreds of years; both embrace a spirit of exploration, research and discovery, and science has learnt from the observational skills of artists. It is a natural fit.”

Any artist, working in a two-dimensional format and across any medium, is invited to enter.


The 2019 Naracoorte National Art Prize is calling for artists to enter this inaugural event. A $10,000 acquisitive first prize and a $2,000 Mayor’s Prize will be awarded.

“We are looking forward to huge variety of entries. We have already had interest from Japan, in textile art, glass and interest from the Aboriginal art community for its connection to Dreamtime narratives,” said Kelly.

ENTRIES CLOSE 12 July 2019:

The Art Prize exhibition and announcement will be held on 21 September 2019 in Blanche Cave, at the heart of the Naracoorte site. 

The exhibition will then continue in the Naracoorte Regional Gallery until 27 October 2019.

Image: Starburst Cave, part of the World Heritage Site, which is inviting artists to be inspired by nature for the $10,000 prize. Photo: Steve Bourne

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