Bluethumb Art Prize Celebrates 10 Years With Richest Prize Pool To Date

Artists have until 11:59pm on Monday 5 September (AEST) to get their entries in for this year’s Bluethumb Art Prize, the richest prize pool the company has presented with $250,000 on offer. They note ‘only 3 art prizes offer greater winnings, and none match the depth of entries – over 6,500 entries in 2021.’

The prize is happening in the digital realm, upload your work for it to be judged online by some of Australia’s leading artists including 2022 Archibald winner Blak Douglas, 2008 and 2013 Archibald prize winner Del Kathryn Barton, and Tamara Dean, Kathrin Longhurst and Loribelle Spirovski, the 2021 Bluethumb Art Prize winner.

Mirror into Mirror by Loribelle Spirovski, Bluethumb Art Prize 2021 Overall Winning Work

This team will decide the overall winner who will be awarded $150,000 as well as each category winner who will receive $10,000 for either the Abstract, Landscape, Portrait, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, Still Life, Photography, Digital or Sculpture Award.

In addition the Founders’ Award will be judged by Edward and George Hartley and People’s Choice Award, selected by the public, will take home $10,000 each. The winners will be announced Thursday 27 October.

Yapalpa/ Glen Helen, NT by Western Arrarnta woman Kathy Inkamala, Bluethumb Art Prize 2021 Landscape Award Winning Work

You can apply here. It’s free to enter, you must have a user account (also free) and comply with Bluethumb’s Ts & Cs. Artists can submit up to 5 artworks in or across five categories, and while the prize is non-acquisitive the artworks as entries must be available for sale and can be purchased by the public, shop here. Note, if you sell the work off the platform it won’t be eligible for the competition.

You can browse the winning works and runners up from last year 2021 here.