the churchie emerging art prize 2021
  • Emily Parsons-Lord (2020 winner), 'Standing Still (with practice, one may learn to accept the feelings of groundlessness)', 2020, video still.

  • Nathan Beard, 'White Gilt 3.0', 2020. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Installation view, 'the churchie' 2020. In view: James Nguyen, 'Monochromes', 2018–ongoing; Nabilah Nordin, 'Anti-Poem', 2020; Marina Pumani Brown, Ngayuku Ngura Kuwari (My Home Now)', 2019. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Lachlan McKee, 'Blocks', 2020; 'House', 2020. Photo: Louis Lim.


the churchie emerging art prize 2021

09 October–18 December 202109 Oct–18 Dec 2021


‘the churchie’ is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. Presented at the IMA since 2019, the finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today.

Thanks to generous supporters, ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000, with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.