The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development.
The Queensland Regional Art Awards is open to all Queensland artists living outside of the Brisbane City Council area. Eg, artists in neighbouring city council areas such as Logan, Ipswich, Somerset, Moreton Bay and Redland City are all eligible to enter.
Only one category requires entrants to live further afield – the ‘Remote Artist’ category (please see below).
2019 Theme: State of Diversity
Queensland is a state full of diverse ecosystems, wildlife, places, people and personalities. This year, artists are encouraged to explore the diverse elements and qualities that make up their own communities and locations within Queensland.
The theme is to be addressed in an accompanying artist statement of 100 – 150 words.
- 7 May – Entries Open
- 2 July – Early Bird Entries Close, 5pm
- 30 July – Final Entries Close, 5pm
- 13 August – Online Exhibition and People’s Choice Voting Opens
- 20 September – People’s Choice Voting Closes, 5pm
- 1 October – Award Winners Announced
- November 2019 – March 2021 – Touring Exhibition Dates
2019 Awards and Prizes
Holding Redlich ‘Art for Life’ Award*
$10,000 cash, non acquisitive, thanks to Holding Redlich.
The Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award**
$3,000 cash, non acquisitive, thanks to The Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew) and the Geoff Booth Foundation
Betty Crombie Young Artist Development Award***
$2,000 cash, non acquisitive, thanks to David Crombie
Textile Art Award
$1,500 cash, non acquisitive, thanks to Janet de Boer and Art for Life donor
People’s Choice Award*
Adult – $1,250 Ironlak art materials voucher
Youth*** – $750 Ironlak art materials voucher
Thanks to Ironlak
Digital Art Award^
Fully funded one week residency at State Library of Queensland, The Edge, including 7 nights accommodation at Art Series – The Johnson, valued at $4,000, thanks to The Edge, State Library of Queensland, The Johnson and Flying Arts Alliance
Remote Artist Award ^^
Fully funded one week residency at McGregor Summer Retreat (Jan 2020) valued at $2,500, thanks to USQ Artsworx
Artists must nominate their artwork for prize categories and meet the award criteria to be considered eligible for category prizes.
* All entries are eligible for the Flying Arts Art For Life Award and People’s Choice Award.
** For watercolour artists who have not previously won a major State or National art prize or award and do not have current gallery or agent representation.
*** For artists aged 16 – 25 years
^ Digital art means any artwork that has been created or enhanced by digital technology.
^/^^ Residencies includes return airfare to Brisbane from your nearest airport or equivalent, accommodation and per diem. Must use within six months of receiving prize.
^^ The Remote Artist Award is only open to artists who live in remote Queensland, more than 300km from an urban centre. All Queensland artists outside of the Brisbane City Council boundary are eligible for all other prizes.
2019 Judging Panel
Creative Director, Galleries, Townsville City Council
Curatorial Manager, Australian Art – QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Creative Industries Program Leader, Logan City Council
Previous Queensland Regional Art Award Competitions
View the winners and touring artists of previous years of the Queensland Regional Art Awards.