Urban EDGE Contemporary Art Prize

The Urban EDGE Contemporary Art Prize is a new competition for local artists.  It is an initiative that supports cultural development in the Inner West.

We are looking for artists to show us 'Small works in the big city'.

Specifically small 2D works in painting, drawing, printmaking and collage.   Read the full guidelines below. 

Applications close midnight on Monday, 7 October 2019

Total prize money $10,000 inclusive of GST

  • 1st prize: $5,000
  • 2nd prize: $2,500
  • People's Choice prize of $2,500

Apply here

Competition guidelines

The Inner West Urban EDGE Art Prize 2019 is a new competition for small 2D works in painting, drawing, printmaking and collage.

Residents of Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area* are invited to submit artwork that shows
Small works in the big city.

Entry is free and prizes total $10,000.

Entries close Monday midnight, 7 October 2019


The Inner West Urban EDGE Art Prize 2019:

1st prize:   $5,000
2nd prize:  $2,500
People’s Choice:  $2,500

1st and 2nd prize winners will be announced at the opening event on Saturday 9th November 2019 at 2pm.

The People’s Choice prize winner will be announced following the conclusion of the exhibition.

The exhibition of selected works for the Inner West EDGE Art Prize 2019 will be held from Saturday 9 November to Saturday 16 November 2019, 11am to 4pm at:

Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Pidcock Street
Camperdown 2050


  1. Eligibility:

    Artist/s must be living permanently in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area* and aged 18 years or over.  Employees of Inner West Council or Councillors are not eligible to enter.

  2. How to enter:
    Complete the online entry form that you can find at: https://innerwest.smartygrants.com.au/ArtPrize

    If you have any questions please contact Anthia Hart on 02 9392 5866 or email anthia.hart@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.  Entries cannot be accepted after the closing date.

    There is a limit of 3 entries per artist/s.  A separate entry form is required for each submission. 

    Please note that if a winning entry is a partnership between two or more artists, the prize awarded will be divided equally.

  3. Selection process:
    A pre-selection panel will view all entries and will select suitable artworks for exhibition from the images supplied. The selection for exhibition will be made from the images that you submit so be sure that they are good quality.

All entrants will be advised of the outcome, by email no later than 5pm, Friday 18 October 2019.

Inner West Council reserves the right to not display any work considered unsuitable for public display.

B. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – the following will apply to  entries selected for exhibition

1.   Delivery:

  1. Works selected for the exhibition must be delivered to the gallery ready to be hung on either Tuesday or Wednesday 5th and 6th November between 11am and 4pm.Artists may choose to sell their artworks.No commission fee will be charged.
  2. Transport and delivery costs to and from the gallery, including insurance, are the responsibility of the entrant.Inner West Council can accept no responsibility for damaged work.
  3. The entrant is responsible for booking courier deliveries and pick-ups within the designated collection dates.
  4. All artwork must be clearly labelled on the reverse of the work with the name of the artist/s / the title of the work / medium / year and price if the work is for sale.

2.   Requirements for Display of Work:

  1. The artwork must be the original work of the submitting artist/s and completed within two years prior to November 2019.
  2. All selected works must be available for the full exhibition from Saturday 9 November to Saturday 16 November 2019.
  3. The work must be a two-dimensional original work in painting, drawing (in any medium), printmaking or collage. Sculpture and digitally produced works are excluded.
  4. The finished size must be within 210mm x 210mm including frame.Framed artwork that is to be hung must have D-ring devices attached.Unframed work will be accepted but is submitted at the entrant’s risk.

3.    Reproduction of images: 
Selected images may be reproduced by Inner West Council, with artist credit, in print and electronic media for promotion and publicity purposes.

C.        KEY DATES

Day and date

Friday, 26 July 2019

Call for submissions open – Smarty Grants

Monday, 7 October 2019

Entries close

Friday, 18 October 2019

Finalists notified. All notified. Email.

Tuesday / Wednesday, 5 / 6 November 2019

Finalists artworks delivered to Chrissie Cotter Gallery Pidcock Street Camperdown between 11am - 4pm

2pm Saturday 9 November 2019

Opening event, winner/s announced

Saturday 9 November to Saturday 16 November 2019

Gallery hours 11am to 4pm

4pm Saturday 16 November 2019

Exhibition closes

Sunday / Monday 17 / 18 November

Collection of artwork between 11am - 4pm

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

People’s Choice winner announced

Checklist of documents for entry

  • Image/s are high resolution, publication quality format, minimum 300dpi maximum file size 2MB
  • Image/s saved with the file name format – Last name, first name_title of work
  • Artist statement of 150 words or less that addresses the ideas, themes investigated in the artwork. Be sure to address the theme of the Award – ‘Small works in the big city’
  • A 1-page Artist CV highlighting key professional achievements, exhibitions. Word doc or pdf format saved with the file name format: Last name, first name_title of work_Artist CV
  • Text for artwork label – Artist Name / Title of Work / Medium / Year work was created / price or NFS

*Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area, extends from Wyong and Gosford in the north to the Royal National Park in the south and follows the coastline in between. Towards the west, the region includes the Blue Mountains, Wollondilly and Hawkesbury.

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