Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

The Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards continue a long tradition of prize exhibitions staged by Geelong Gallery and reflect a longstanding commitment to the acquisition and display of prints.

2023 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

Saturday 29 July to Sunday 8 October 2023

This nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition features entries from around Australia by established and emerging printmakers representing the diversity of current practice through both traditional printmaking techniques as well as contemporary processes.

Entries for the 2023 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards are now open.

Free entry

A Geelong Gallery exhibition

Conditions of entry

1. The 2023 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards (the prize) is an acquisitive print award open to artists living and working in Australia, conducted by Geelong Gallery Inc. (the Gallery) and sponsored by the Colin Holden Charitable Trust and The Ursula Hoff Institute. An exhibition of selected prints will be held at the Gallery from 29 July to 8 October 2023, from which the following prizes will be awarded: the Geelong Acquisitive Print Award of $10,000, and the Ursula Hoff Institute Award of $5,000. Entrants may submit one print only, using any recognised printmaking process (such as intaglio, relief, planographic and digital processes) not including photographic prints. Artists’ books are accepted.

2. Using the online entry form, entrants must submit a completed entry form including payment of $35.00 (incl. GST) and upload digital images of their print to be eligible for entry in the prize. Upon lodgement, acknowledgement of entry and receipt of payment will be sent to entrants via an automated email.

3. Supply of digital images — one image of the complete work (full sheet) plus one detail will be accepted. Digital images to be supplied as high-resolution JPEG files. For example, 300dpi. Entrants are advised to submit high-quality images as those supplied at the time of entry will be used by the Gallery for judging, publication and promotion (should the work be selected for exhibition). Photographs, photocopied reproductions, images sent via email or USB or any other representation of work will not be accepted.

4. An entry must be the original work of the entrant and must have been executed in the two years prior to 5 May 2023 (the closing date). An entry must be in the possession of the artist or dealer/agent.

5. There are no size restrictions for entry of 2D works, however, please note that display wall height is 3.5 metres. Please note: for artists’ books, dimensions must not exceed 40.0 x 50.0 cm (closed), 85.0 x 170.0 cm open.

6. A correctly completed entry form accepting these conditions, payment and attached images must be lodged at the Gallery’s website by the closing date: Friday 5 May 2023 (5.00 pm). Entries lodged after the closing date will not be eligible.

7. Payment may be made by supplying credit card details and authorising payment on the online entry form. The entry fee is non-refundable.

8. The Gallery shall appoint the judging panel that will, in the first instance, view all entries (digital images) that comply with the conditions of entry and select a limited number of works for inclusion in the exhibition. The judging panel reserves the right to exhibit, or not exhibit, any work entered. The judging panel shall solely determine the prize-winning prints for acquisition from the exhibition. The judging panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Gallery and the judging panel reserve the right not to award any prizes.

9. Each entrant whose print is selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be notified of selection via email and will be required to deliver this work (the selected print) to the Gallery from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July 2023 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Please note that substitutes for works first entered by the closing date will not be accepted.

10. The selected print must be available for display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

11. The selected print must be professionally presented and ready for installation. It should be received by the Gallery:

• framed and glazed. D-rings must be attached to the back of the frame on left and right vertical edges to enable safe hanging from two points (if no D-rings are installed, Geelong Gallery will attach hanging fixtures without seeking permission)

or;

• (in the case of artists’ books and unframed works) with installation instructions (where applicable)

The Gallery reserves the right to exclude works that do not meet the required standard for display.

12. The selected print must be securely packaged to ensure safe transport to and from the Gallery. The packaging must be clearly labelled and suitable for the Gallery to re-use for the return of the selected print.

13. The selected print will not be received by the Gallery unless free of charge to the Gallery. No payment will be made by the Gallery for freight or any other charge incurred in the delivery and/or return of the selected print.

14. Best practice in the handling and care of works will be implemented at all times by Gallery staff, however, the Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered to any print in its possession or under its control. Each entrant shall indemnify the Gallery against any loss or damage suffered to the selected print. Insurance coverage is the full responsibility of the entrant (transit and in-situ) and is recommended by the Gallery.

15. Each entrant specifically permits and authorises the Gallery to reproduce the selected print (in full or detail) via print or electronic media for publicity, reports, catalogues, virtual tour, and any other publications related to the exhibition. The Gallery reserves the right to reproduce acquired works in the subsequent promotion of the prize, the Gallery and its collection. Acknowledgement of authorship will be duly made. Copyright permission will be sought should the Gallery receive an external request (from an institution or publisher) for the reproduction of an acquired work. Authority to reproduce the selected print is also extended to the Colin Holden Charitable Trust for promotion of the prize.

16. The selected print must be available for acquisition by the Gallery. Each entrant shall nominate the purchase value of the selected print—it is recommended that this is a fair market price.

17. Gallery employees, volunteers, members of the Gallery Board, members of Gallery support groups, members of the judging panel, committee members of the Colin Holden Charitable Trust and the Ursula Hoff Institute, and their families shall be ineligible to enter the prize.

18. Shortlisted artists may be contacted by the Gallery to participate in public programs, contribute to media engagements or education activities—availability of artists during the exhibition dates is appreciated.

19. The prize-winning prints will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition on Friday 28 July 2023 and shall become the property of the Gallery upon payment of the prize money to the winning entrants. NB: all prize monies paid are inclusive of GST (where applicable).

20. The exhibition closes on Sunday 8 October 2023. The Gallery will contact entrants in the week commencing Monday 25 September 2023 seeking confirmation of arrangements for the collection of non-acquired works. Works can be collected from Tuesday 10 October to Friday 13 October 2023 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Collection outside these hours must be arranged with the Gallery prior to Friday  8 September 2023 (5.00pm). Works not collected by Monday 16 October 2023 will be returned to the entrant at the entrant’s expense.

Important dates

Entries open: Monday 30 January
Entries close: Friday 5 May
Shortlist announced:  Wednesday 14 June
Works delivered to Geelong Gallery: Monday 17 July to Friday 21 July
2023 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards exhibition dates: Saturday 29 July to Sunday 8 October

Entry form

Previous recipients

2021
Geelong acquisitive print award
Dianne Fogwell Latency

View in Collection

2019
Geelong acquisitive print award
Teho Ropeyarn Lukuyn Apudthama

View in Collection

2019
Ursula Hoff Institute award
Brian Robinson Bedhan Lag: Land of the Kaiwalagal

View in Collection

2017
Geelong acquisitive print award
Dianne Fogwell Mildura meander

View in Collection

2017
Ursula Hoff Institute award
Clare Humphries A fraction of a small distance

View in Collection

2015
Geelong acquisitive print award
Sophie Cape The devil's firmament

View in Collection

2015
Ursula Hoff Institute award
Deidre Brollo Fathom

2013
Geelong acquisitive print award
Lisa Roet The Beast of Cuvier I, II & III

View in Collection

2013
Ursula Hoff Institute award
Travis Paterson Is this where your heart is?

View in Collection

2011
Geelong acquisitive print award
Bruce Latimer Hold up

View in Collection

2009
Geelong acquisitive print award
Angela Cavalieri Le città continue

View in Collection