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 2021 QRAA coincides with Flying Arts’ 50th year anniversary, half a century of connecting artists, educators and communities.
2021 Theme: Paint the Town
Evoking the spirit of celebration, of all things jubilant, artists are invited to respond to the question – How do you celebrate? Is it a party, a big bash or a simple elegant affair, serene or riotous, extended explosions of joy or quiet moments reflection and gratitude, ceremony, tradition or ritual, expressed in dance or song, full of sentiment or tears, an anniversary, a farewell or a whim, with family, friends, a whole community or alone, a sense of occasion, a festival or just because? Whatever the reason or season, whatever your medium or practice, we invite you to Paint the Town.
5 May – Entries open
28 June – Early bird entries close at 5pm
23 July – Final entries close at 5pm
16 August – People’s Choice Voting Opens
13 September – People’s Choice Voting Closes
7 October – Award winners announced
Jan – Dec 2022 – Touring exhibition dates
Chris Stannard – Curator, Tanks Art Centre
Carol McGregor – Program Director, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland College of Art
Jan Manton – Director, Jan Manton Art
‘ART FOR LIFE’ AWARD THANKS TO HOLDING REDLICH
$10,000 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to Holding Redlich.
All entries eligible.
A catalogue essay valued at $1,000, thanks to Onespace Gallery and artwords;
Print and digital editorial and promotions valued at
$10,000+ thanks to Artist Profile. Awarded to ‘Art for Life’ Award winner.
All entries eligible.
THE ANNIE TAN MEMORIAL WATERCOLOUR AWARD
$3,000 non-acquisitive cash prize Thanks to The Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew) and the Geoff Booth Foundation.
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.
YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT AWARD
$2,000 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to Turner Family Foundation.
For artists aged 15 – 25 years.
TEXTILE ART AWARD
$1,500 cash thanks to an ‘Art for Life’ Donor.
DIGITAL ART AWARD
Fully funded one-week residency at State Library of Queensland, including 7 nights’ accommodation at The Johnson- Art Series, valued at $4,000 thanks to State Library of Queensland, The Johnson-Art Series and Flying Arts Alliance.
Digital art means any artwork that has been created or enhanced by digital technology. Residency includes return airfare to Brisbane from your nearest airport or equivalent, accommodation and per diem. Must use within six months of receiving prize.
REMOTE ARTIST AWARD
$1,500 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to Woolloongabba Art Gallery.
For artists living 300 kilometres outside a major metropolitan centre e.g. outside Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Brisbane etc.
FIRST NATIONS ARTIST AWARD
$1, 500 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to Mitchell Fine Art.
For artists who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
‘THE MERV’ LANDSCAPE AWARD
$3, 000 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to Consolidated Property Group.
For landscape works in any medium. All artworks that are selected as finalists in this category will be exhibited in the Consolidated Property Group office in Brisbane for a period of 12 months.
$3, 500 non-acquisitive cash prize thanks to BMD Group.
Camera derived works both analogue or digital or alternative processes including cyanotype, photogram etc.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
$1, 250 non-acquisitive cash prize for Adults
$750 non-acquisitive cash prize for Youth (artists aged 15 – 25 years), thanks to TAFE Queensland.
Artists must nominate their artwork for prize categories and meet the award criteria to be considered eligible for category prizes.
View the winners and touring artists of previous years of the Queensland Regional Art Awards.
- 2020: QRAA – Decadence
- 2019: QRAA – State of Diversity
- 2018: QRAA – Wanderlust
- 2017: QRAA – Iconic Queensland
- 2016: QRAA – Colours of Queensland
- 2015: QRAA – Cream of the Crop
- 2014: QRAA – Vital Signs
- 2013: QRAA – Living Change
- 2012: QRAA – Essential Character of Queensland
- 2011: QRAA – Connection
- 2010: QRAA – Our Place