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Enter the Wynne Prize

Online entry form available from 4 February 2019

The following information should be used as a guideline only for 2019 entries. Final conditions will be published when entries open.

Value $50,000

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit works in competition for the Wynne Prize 2019.

The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the bequest of the late Richard Wynne of Mount Wilson, to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or to the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists completed during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in entries.

Entries in the Wynne Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for:

  • The Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize – value $10,000
  • The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize – value $5000
  • John & Elizabeth Newnham Pring Memorial Prize – value $1000

To be considered for selection, a competitor must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

Key dates

  • Date of work: must be completed 5 April 2018 – 5 April 2019
  • Eligibility period: resident in Australia 5 April 2018 – 5 April 2019
  • Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 1-5 April 2019
  • Collection of works not selected (EXCEPT if sending courier): 8am-4pm, 6-17 May 2019
  • Collection of works selected for Wynne Prize: to be advised
  • Collection of works selected for Salon des Refusés: to be advised
  • Finalists announced: 2 May 2019
  • Winners announced: 10 May 2019
  • Wynne Prize 2019 exhibition: 11 May – 8 September 2019
  • Salon des Refusés exhibition: to be advised

Instructions and conditions


The artist must have been resident in Australia for the eligibility period: see Key Dates above.

In any year, a competitor may enter one work only. This does not prevent the artist entering other works in other competitions such as the Sulman or Archibald Prizes.

The work

  • Must NOT exceed the size limit of 90,000 square cm (eg 3 × 3 m, 1.5 × 6 m). Sculptures must NOT exceed 3 m in height, 2 square m in area or 1000kg in weight. Dimensions apply to the actual work of art, not the mounting or framing. Exhibition wall height is 3.4 m, floor to ceiling.
  • May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit above.
  • May be a landscape painting in oil, watercolour, acrylic or mixed media. Seascapes and cityscapes are acceptable.
  • May be a figure sculpture in stone, metal, wood or mixed media. The work may be abstracted, but at the same time clearly derived from a figurative source, human or animal.

Preparing the work for delivery

  • Must be suitably framed for handling IF it is a painting. A stretched canvas is considered a suitable frame.
  • Must be clearly marked on the back with the artist’s name and address and the title of the work.
  • Must be accompanied by a photograph of the assembled work and clear instructions for its installation IF it is a multi-panelled work.
  • Must NOT be wet when submitted.
  • Must NOT include any hanging devices such as hooks or wires. These must be removed as they can damage other works and the Gallery has its own hanging system.
  • One copy of the completed entry form must be attached to the back of the work.
  • If using a courier, a second copy of the completed entry form must be put in an envelope and also attached to the back of the work. If delivering yourself, the second copy can just be handed in with the work.

Delivering your entry

The work must be accompanied by printouts of the completed entry form.

Entries will only be accepted during the specified period (see Key Dates above) via the delivery dock at the rear of the building of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia.

Delivery must be made in person, by a nominated representative (such as a friend, relative or artist’s agent) or by a courier/freight company.

The Gallery will NOT pay for any costs incurred in the delivery of any entry, including freight.

Each competitor is responsible for maintaining their own insurance.

Neither the Trustees nor the Gallery will be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever, and however caused, to any work while in the Gallery’s custody.

Exhibiting the work

The competitor grants the Gallery permission to display the work:

  1. in an exhibition of selected finalists for the Wynne Prize 2019 at the Gallery or such other venue as the Trustees may in their absolute discretion determine (see Key Dates above); and
  2. at venues other than the Gallery in an exhibition of all or some of the finalists for the Wynne Prize 2019, including in a possible tour of regional New South Wales in 2019 and/or 2020.

Alternatively, the Gallery may display the work in 2019 either in an exhibition of works that were not selected as finalists for the Wynne Prize 2019 (currently known as the Salon des Refusés exhibition), held at the SH Ervin Gallery or at such other venue as the Trustees in their absolute discretion determine; or in a separate exhibition of works that were not selected as finalists for the Wynne Prize 2019, held at the offices of the principal sponsor of the Wynne Prize 2019. The SH Ervin Gallery or the Gallery would seek the permission of each artist before a work is included in either exhibition.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that the original work is available for these purposes, whether or not they are the owner of the work.

Selected competitors agree to make themselves available for the purposes of exhibition-related events, promotion and publicity at times and dates and in places reasonably requested by the Gallery.

Original and non-infringing work

The competitor warrants that the work is original and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

Licensing the work

The finalist grants to the Gallery a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the work in material form, to photograph, publish and/or communicate it to the public for prize-related purposes, and anything incidental to such purposes, by the Gallery, touring partners and sponsors, including marketing, publicity, educational and publication uses for the Gallery, the prize and its exhibition in all media, including but not limited to electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media, in perpetuity.

Permission to so reproduce the work must be conveyed by the artist to any purchaser of the work.

Where reasonable, the Gallery will attribute the artist as the author of the work and reproduce the work in full. Details of the work may be used at the Gallery’s discretion.

Selection of works

The finalists for the Wynne Prize, and the winners of the Wynne Prize, Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize, Trustees’ Watercolour Prize and John & Elizabeth Newnham Pring Memorial Prize, are selected by the Trustees.

The winner of the Wynne Prize receives payment of $50,000. The winner of the Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize receives payment of $10,000. The winner of the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize receives payment of $5000. The winner of the John & Elizabeth Newnham Pring Memorial Prize receives payment of $1000.

The prizes are NOT acquisitive (ie the works do NOT automatically enter the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection).

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Finalists and prize winners will be announced to the media and published on the Gallery website at approx 12 noon on the same day: see Key Dates above. These artists will be advised beforehand.

Artists whose work is chosen for display will be asked to provide additional information (such as biographical details and a statement about the work) to assist with preparation of prize-related material.

Collecting the work

The competitor is responsible for organising the collection of their work during the time period specified by the Gallery (see Key Dates above) and must indicate on the entry form how the work will be collected. These are the ONLY options available for the return of works. There will be NO returns by Australia Post.

Competitors sending couriers for pickup must wait for notification from the Gallery before collecting the work, which will be from an offsite location.

The Gallery will NOT pay for any costs incurred in the collection of any entry.

If any competitor does not retrieve a work, the Gallery will give one month’s notice of the Trustees’ intention to sell or otherwise dispose of the work, by sending a notice by post to the competitor at the last known address or by placing a newspaper advertisement if no address is known. The Trustees may then sell the work and, after deducting from the proceeds the costs of and incidental to the sale, shall hold any balance for the competitor. If, however, it is the opinion of the Trustees that the work is unsaleable then the Trustees may destroy or otherwise dispose of it in any manner they deem fit and shall be under no liability whatsoever to the competitor in respect of the work so destroyed or disposed of.

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