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Make sure you’ve read the Terms and Conditions for the prize, and have a look through the FAQ below. Contact us with any other questions!

Who runs the prize?

The prize is coordinated by a small volunteer team of like-minded Inner North residents who wanted to connect local artists, art-interested residents and other supporters with a significant annual community art event for the Inner North. We have a team of 3 judges from a range of art disciplines and arts related fields (2 of which change year to year) who join the team to select the finalists and prize winners.

What’s the theme for this year and is it important?

The theme for 2018 is ‘Lure of the Local’. How the artwork addresses the theme of the prize is one of four selection criteria that the selection panel assesses when choosing the finalists for the prize, so make sure you have included some information in your artists statement about how your work relates to the 2018 theme for the judges to consider. 

Who is eligible to enter the prize?

Anyone who is over 18 years of age and who is living, working or studying in the following suburbs are eligible to apply for the prize: Acton, Ainslie, ANU, Braddon, Campbell, Civic, Dickson, Downer, Hackett, Lyneham, Mitchell, NewActon, North Lyneham, O’Connor, Reid, Turner, University of Canberra, Watson.

What are the prizes?

The prizes for 2018 are a $2,500 cash prize for the Selectors’ Choice Award funded by donations from members of the community, a $400 voucher for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by City Framing Gallery, and a $500 cash prize for the Student Prize for emerging artists currently studying visual arts or design funded by donations from members of the community.

What are the accepted sizes for wall-based (2D) and sculptural (3D) works for the prize this year?

Due to some changes within The Front Gallery’s layout, we’ve had to change the maximum allowable size of wall-based works this year to not exceed a total of 1 meter squared including frame. Sculptural works must fit within a 60cm x 60cm floor space and be free standing.

What mediums are accepted?

Paintings, drawings, printed artwork and photographs, and sculptural works are accepted. Installations, video, sound, projection or performance art do not qualify for entry – sorry, we just don’t have the resources to display them!

How much is the entry fee and what does it include?

A $25 (one entry) or $45 (two entries) fee is charged to help cover some administration costs of the prize. This fee also includes one copy of the printed 2018 INAP catalogue, containing all works submitted to the prize, that you will be able to collect at the exhibition for free as a INAP artist. You also get the opportunity to have a small stall at the popular Inner North Artist Market at The Front for the closing day of the exhibition, free of charge and with no commission on sales.

How does the selection process work?

The judges review all entries based off the information and photos provided in your submission to the prize against the selection criteria (overall excellence, originality and innovation in design or concept, critical assessment of how the artwork addresses the award’s theme and use of materials and technique). A set of finalists are chosen to exhibit their works at The Front. The judges select the prize winners once the exhibition has been installed and announce it on the opening night of the exhibition. The People’s Choice award is announced at the closing of the exhibition for the artwork deemed most popular, on the basis of votes lodged by visitors to the exhibition at The Front. 

When do the entries close?

You’ve got until 7pm on Monday 8th October 2018 to submit up to 2 artworks to the Inner North Art Prize via our website. Double check that you received an email confirming both your entry and your fee payment from PayPal once you’ve entered to make sure we received your entry without any issues. Get in touch with us if you have any questions!

How will I know if I am a finalist?

The prize team will be contacting all finalists and artists by late October via email. 

If I am selected as a finalist, how and when do I deliver and collect my artwork?

Finalists will need to deliver their artwork to The Front Gallery on Monday 12th November in the afternoon – exact time will be confirmed with the finalists closer to the date. Unsold artworks will need to be collected from the gallery on Monday 10th December.