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  • 2018 Winner: Caroline Gasteen, 'Mother #1' (detail) 2018, oil on board.

  • Sundari Carmody, 'One: all that we can see'

  • Tjukupati James, 'Liru' (detail) 2018, acrylic on canvas.

  • 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner: Priscilla Beck, 'Transparent Things' 2018, wall installation with found charcoal.

  • Kelly Austin, 'Stilled Composition 36', 2017, ceramic, porcelain, glaze, timber, acrylic paint.


'the churchie'

National Emerging Art Prize

10 September–21 September 201910 Sep–21 Sep 2019


The IMA will partner with one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists, ‘the churchie’ in 2019.

Since its inception at Anglican Church Grammar School in 1987, the prize has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia. The IMA and ‘the churchie’ partnership will continue to support emerging artists. The selected finalists will receive professional curatorial advice, networking and promotional opportunities, along with vital exposure on both a local and national stage.

Offering a total prize pool of $25,000 the overall winner receives a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize—donated by long-standing sponsor of ‘the churchie’, BSPN Architecture.

Entry to this annual prize is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Artists may submit up to three artworks for consideration, accompanied by an artist CV, and a 300-word artist statement. Entries open online 26 May and close 14 July, 2019.

For enquiries, submissions and further details: churchieemergingart.com

The finalists’ exhibition will be held at the IMA 10–21 September, 2019.

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

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