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Community Art Awards

We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest for a curator for the 2021 Community Art Awards and Exhibition. Please view the Expression of Interest document for more information on how to submit an application.

For queries, please contact the City's Events team on (08) 9272 0622.

Images of the winning entries from the 2020 Community Art Awards are below. Head over to our Facebook page to see pictures from the 2020 exhibition presentation evening.

Winner: 'Self-Portrait Pt Peron RSL Recreation Camp' by Kirralea Birch

Winner: 'Self-Portrait Pt Peron RSL Recreation Camp' by Kirralea Birch

Highly Commended - 'The Deep End' by Damien Goerke

Highly Commended - 'The Deep End' by Damien Goerke

Best City of Bayswater Resident Award - 'Effacing Surface' by Denise Pepper

Best City of Bayswater Resident Award - 'Effacing Surface' by Denise Pepper

City of Bayswater Sculpture Award - 'Hopper' by Greg Molloy

City of Bayswater Sculpture Award - 'Hopper' by Greg Molloy

Photography Award - 'Schools In' by Andrea Carter

Photography Award - 'Schools In' by Andrea Carter

Ellis House Member Award - 'Sir Alvin and Mister Chipmunk' by Behzad Alipour

Ellis House Member Award - 'Sir Alvin and Mister Chipmunk' by Behzad Alipour

High School Award - 'Blind' by Surya Hanaf

High School Award - 'Blind' by Surya Hanaf

Primary School Award - 'Beautiful Country' by Adelaide Muller

Primary School Award - 'Beautiful Country' by Adelaide Muller

Community Bank Bayswater People's Choice Award - 'Three Hearts' by Jason Deans

Community Bank Bayswater People's Choice Award - 'Three Hearts' by Jason Deans

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?

To enter, you will need to complete an online entry form, with an image of your art, by the closing date. Entries are scheduled to open on Monday 6 September, 2021, and close on Friday 8 October, 2021. 

Once entries are being accepted to the 2021 Art Awards and Exhibition, the entry form will be published on this page.

Is there a fee to enter?

The 2021 Art Awards and Exhibition entry fees will be $27.50, or $13 for artists under the age of 18 years old.

What type of art can I submit?

It's up to you! We have previously accepted painting in oils, watercolours and acrylics, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, collages, resin art, photography, digital media, and printmaking - to name a few.

We accept all types of art as long as it is within the specifications listed in the Conditions of Entry (which will be uploaded to this page on the day entries open ).

How many pieces of art can I submit?

There is a limit of one piece of artwork per person. If your artwork is comprised of more than one element or piece, such as a sculpture that requires a stand (two pieces), this is acceptable and will count as one piece.

No diptych or triptych works will be accepted.

When can I deliver my artwork for the exhibition?

The date and time for delivery and collection of artworks will be published closer to the event.

Please note: artworks will be not be accepted prior to the published delivery date on this page, and must be collected at the end of the exhibition on the specified date and time.

Is there a prize?

Award categories and prize money for the 2021 Art Awards and Exhibition will be published here closer to the event date.

In 2020, there was over $10,000 worth of prize money awarded, in several categories:

  • Open Award (Acquisitive): $5,000
  • Highly Commended (2 x awards): $750
  • Community Bank Bayswater People’s Choice Award: $500
  • Best City of Bayswater Resident Award: $500
  • Best Sculpture Award: $500
  • Best Photography Award: $500
  • Best Ellis House Member Award: $500
  • Best High School Entry (years 7-12): $500
  • Best Primary School Entry (Years 1-6): Art supply prize pack (supplied by Art & Craft World Morley)
Where is the exhibition held and how long does it go for?

The exhibition is held at The RISE community centre at 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands, and runs for two weeks. 

Can I sell my artwork?

All entries must be for sale, as the City of Bayswater Open Award is an acquisitive prize and the winner’s artwork will become part of the City of Bayswater art collection.

All other artworks must be available for sale to the general public.

Please note: if you do not wish to sell your artwork, you will not be eligible to enter the Art Awards and Exhibition.

2020 winners

Winners of the 2020 City of Bayswater Community Art Awards were announced at an exhibition opening at The RISE on Saturday 31 October 2020. The City received a record 425 entries in 2020, with 200 artworks chosen to be exhibited.

CategoryWinnerTitle of artwork

City of Bayswater Open Award $5000 (Acquisitive)

Kirralea Birch

Self-Portrait Pt Peron RSL Recreation Camp

Highly Commended

Damien GoerkeThe Deep End
Best Sculpture AwardGreg MolloyHopper
Best City of Bayswater Resident AwardDenise PepperEffacing Surface
Best Ellis House Member AwardBehzad AlipourSir Alvin and Mister Chipmunk
Best PhotographyAndrea CarterSchools In
Art & Craft World Morley Primary School Award (Years 1 -6)Adelaide MullerBeautiful Country
Best High School Entry (Years 7 -12)Surya HanafBlind
Community Bank Bayswater People's Choice AwardJason DeansThree Hearts

Terms and Conditions

Entry details
  • Entry forms and fees must be received by the closing date and time advertised. Late entries will not be accepted. Entry forms may be photocopied. Details on the entry forms will not be altered once received.
  • Maximum of one entry per person.
  • Entries will be accepted online at www.bayswater.wa.gov.au or by submission of the completed entry form
  • All entries will be judged. The judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The curator will make a selection of works for the exhibition. If your work is not selected due to space constraints, you will be advised.
  • Failure to comply with the conditions of entry will result in the entrant forfeiting the opportunity to enter into the 2021 Art Awards and Exhibition.
Categories and prizes
  • All entries will be eligible to win the City of Bayswater Open Award (acquisitive) and the Peoples Choice Award.
  • The City of Bayswater Open Award is an acquisitive prize and the winner’s artwork will become part of the City of Bayswater art collection.
  • Residents of the City of Bayswater will automatically be entered in the Best Bayswater Resident Award.
  • Winning entries will be announced on the opening night, with the exception of the People's Choice Award, which will be announced on the final day of the exhibition.
Delivery and pick up details
  • Entrants are to cover all delivery costs.
  • No payment whatsoever will be made by the City of Bayswater for freight or other delivery charges incurred in the delivery or return of exhibits.
  • All artworks are to be clearly labelled on the back of the artwork indicating artist name, title, medium, dimensions and price.
  • Entries must be delivered to The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands.
  • All entries are to be picked up on the allocated day and time, which will be announced closer to the date. Identification will be required to pick up all entries. If you are unable to attend, please call the Events Team to make alternative arrangements prior to this date. Written consent will be sought if the Artist requires someone else to pick up the artwork on their behalf. Work not picked up by this time will be acquired and disposed of at the discretion of the City of Bayswater.
  • All artists who sell artwork during the exhibition will be contacted directly prior to the pick up date specified.
Sales and GST
  • Information on commission fees for the 2021 Art Awards and Exhibition will be published here closer to the event.
  • All entries must be for sale and entrants must indicate ABN and GST details on the entry form where appropriate.
  • Artists who do not have an ABN must sign the statement of the entry form or 48.5% PAYG tax will be deducted from any payment to be made..
General rules
  • All works entered must be less than 12 months old from closing date, the original work of the artist and NOT previously exhibited.
  • All artworks must be a single item. (No diptych, triptych works).
  • Entries shall be presented to exhibition standard - they MUST be dry.
  • All works are to have a suitable hanging assembly. D-latches and cord are the preferred method.
  • 2D Works must not exceed 1.3m x 1.3m in any direction including frame. All 2D works must not weigh more than 10kg.
  • 3D artwork must be a maximum of 20kg and must not exceed 40cm deep (front to back), 60cm high (top to bottom) and 1m wide (left to right).
  • The City of Bayswater, whilst talking good care, will not take responsibility for the damage or loss of artworks. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide insurance for their works.
  • Incorrect entries or failure to comply with condition of entry will result in disqualification.
  • Entrants agree the organisers reserve the right to reproduce entries in print, film or digital format for promotion, education and documentation purposes in association with the City of Bayswater.
  • The Artist agrees the City of Bayswater reserves the right to reproduce work (in part or whole) in print, film or digital format for promotion, education and documentation in association with the exhibition.
  • Failure to meet any of these conditions will exclude you from exhibiting.
  • To be entered into the catalogue, entrants must provide an electronic photograph before the closing date.
  • Entrants cannot be awarded the City of Bayswater Open Award (acquisitive) prize in two consecutive years however, can be placed in any other category.
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