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The Hero’s Journey Art Prize 2020


aMBUSH Gallery, in partnership with Kambri at ANU, is seeking works from Australian-based visual artists, graphic designers, and digital agencies for their upcoming poster prize and exhibition, The Hero’s Journey, a time capsule exhibition and social experiment in one that explores the turbulent times of 2020.

The Hero’s Journey is a classic narrative arc shared by almost every story ever told: a character ventures out to get what they need, faces conflict, and ultimately triumphs over adversity.

The year 2020 is our hero’s journey! From the Australian bushfires to COVID-19, Black Lives Matter protests, political acts of ignorance and infamy, and widespread global economic struggles – for many it will be remembered as one of their most challenging years.

The Hero’s Journey will allow artists to express how they’re heeding the call of this important time in world history by documenting their experiences in the form of a poster. How does daily life feel? What does it look like? Is there treasure to be salvaged and lessons to be learnt? And what will life look like when we emerge from this tumultuous year? Does a ‘golden age’ await?

Curated and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, 50 finalists will be featured in an online exhibition, with a physical exhibition in November at aMBUSH’s gallery space at Kambri at ANU, Canberra (restrictions permitting). One winner will be selected by an independent panel to receive an AU$3,000 cash prize.

The Hero’s Journey promises to be a compelling artistic examination of how the world has responded when unprecedented historical events forced us all to be heroes.

Visit to view the Artist Callout document and more information.


Entries Open:   4 August 2020 Entries Close:  10 September 2020 Finalists Announced: 1 October 2020 Winner Announced: 15 October 2020 Exhibition: November 2020 (tbc)

Poster artwork by Mark Chester Harding.

About aMBUSH Gallery

aMBUSH Gallery – an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas, the precinct managers of Kambri at ANU – is an award-winning art gallery, social enterprise and creative placemaking business that thrives on operating outside the parameters of a traditional gallery. They curate and produce arts and cultural activities both in Australia and overseas, with a program of site-specific, project-based art activations stemming from a unique fusion of philanthropic and commercial impulses that engage and entertain audiences, provide sustainable futures for artists, and establish a strong presence for their clients. Their newest exhibition space at the ANU’s new Kambri campus is a modern, world-class facility renowned for its focus on innovation and excellence. The intention for Kambri is to become an inclusive cultural space for local and international artists, and to bring together a diverse range of great artists, thinkers, and makers; an aim that fits perfectly with the aMBUSH Gallery ethos.

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