Hornsby Art Prize Is Back! Entries Now Open

Hornsby Shire Council is delighted to announce that after two years of lying dormant, the Hornsby Art Prize re-awakens, promising a springtime of colour for all in its 11th edition. The popular national competition is open now for entries.

Artists are invited to submit works in the following categories: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Digital Art-Stills and 3D Works.

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art competition and exhibition promoting and celebrating outstanding original works of art. This year the competition has a total prize pool valued at $23,000, with the major prize worth $10,000.

Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock talked about the significance of the Art Prize to Hornsby Shire’s cultural landscape.

“Council is committed to supporting and promoting arts and culture in Hornsby Shire. The Hornsby Art Prize gives our residents a wonderful opportunity to create and experience high quality art,” Mayor Ruddock said.

“Artists far and wide, this is your opportunity to be seen. I encourage you to step up and submit your unique creations.”

For Samantha Wiltshire, artist and educator at Sydney Art School, the Hornsby Art Prize opened many doors when she was named Emerging Artist winner in 2017. She encouraged other young artists to enter the competition.

“If you’re a young artist and you’re not sure how to take your career that next step further and how to proceed forward, definitely just give the Hornsby Art Prize a go. You’ve got nothing to lose and honestly, everything to gain,” Samantha said.

Entries are open until 31 July 2022 and submissions are to be made online. Entry costs $40. Works must have been created in the last two years and never been exhibited before. The freedom of no specific theme in this competition is meant as a blank canvas for individual genius to emerge and find its original form. 

The non-acquisitive prize, organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society, is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years and over.

Although the major prize brings to Hornsby art works from across the nation, Hornsby Shire residents also have the opportunity to nominate their work for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre and at the Hornsby Central Library 19 to 30 October. The exhibition is selected and adjudicated by an appointed panel of three judges.

For more information about the Hornsby Art Prize, or to enter, visit

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