the churchie emerging art prize 2021
  • Joanne Wheeler, 'Olden Times, Ntaria', acrylic on linen, 92 x 151 x 2cm

  • Alexa Malizon, 'Ningning', digital video, colour and sound, 00:01:51.

  • Ohni Blu, 'Water Doesn't Tell Me To Lose Weight', video, 00:06:25.

  • Tiyan Baker, 'Juruh', 2020, installation view: Artspace.

  • Riana Head-Toussaint, 'Animate Loading' development image, 2021.

  • Akil Ahamat, 'Dawn of a day too dark to call tomorrow', video, 00:03:59.

  • Jayanto Tan, 'Hungry Ghosts 2 (Potluck Party – Pandan Lamington)', ceramic, 6 x 20 x 20cm

  • Christopher Bassi, 'The Garden and the Sea' series, oil on canvas.


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.

The Major Prize winner will receive a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize provided by long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture, to be announced by a guest judge, Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, at the opening of the exhibition Friday 8 October 2021.

The judge will also award a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000, sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, as well as two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be awarded by popular vote at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.

The finalists exhibition will be guest curated by artist, writer, and curator Grace Herbert in a role sponsored by Armitstead ART Consulting.


Akil Ahamat, Tiyan Baker, Christopher Bassi, Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Ohni Blu, Riana Head-Toussaint, Visaya Hoffie, Kait James, Alexa Malizon, Kyra Mancktelow, Ivy Minniecon, Nina Sanadze, Jayanto Tan, and Joanne Wheeler

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