Entries now open for River of Art Prize

With the 2021 River of Art Festival scheduled to start in less than 3 months, South Coast artists are urged to enter their work in this year’s festival art prize.

The prize, always a highlight of Eurobodalla’s annual celebration of the region’s rich artistic life, will be even bigger this year. Artists across all media, from within and beyond the region, are encouraged to submit their work for this year's prize. Last year’s fabulous exhibition featured many works highlighting the impact of the region's bushfires.

The winning artist will receive $2,000 with $250 for the runner up. The artwork most highly commended will be awarded $100. Finalists will be selected by an eminent judge nominated by the River of Art Festival.

Artworks must be the original, unassisted work of the entrant, completed within one year of the exhibition date and not previously exhibited.

Shortlisted works (approximately 25 works) will appear in the River of Art Prize exhibition to be held at Gallery Narooma run by SoART.

Artists whose work is not shortlisted will be invited to exhibit their submitted artwork in the Salon de Refusés at Narooma’s School of Arts’ studios. Both exhibitions will run from 16 September through to 26 September 2021.

The award ceremony will be held at Gallery Narooma at 5pm on Thursday, 16 September, followed by the official opening of the festival the next evening at the BAS in Moruya.

Artists have until Monday, 16 August to submit their entries electronically, initially with simply a digital image of the work, via the online application form which can be found on the festival’s website, www.riverofart.com.au​. The cost of entry is $40 per work. Details are also available on the website.

Now in its 16th year, the 2021 River of Art Festival will run from 17 to 26 September. Apart from the art prize, the festival will include favourites such the Open Studios. The full program will be available later this month. Works featured in the 2020 exhibition can be viewed on the River of Art website at www.riverofart.com.au

Jenni Bourke River of Art Prize winner 2020