PRIZES

The 66th Blake Art Prize and The Blake Poetry Prize

In the difficult times of COVID-19 you may need a bit more time to submit your entry  for the Blake Prize.  You now have an extension until 12 October 2020 to submit your entry form for the Art Prize.  The exhibition and awards will take place after Casula Powerhouse can safely re-open.


The Blake Prize is one of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about religion and spirituality through art and poetry. Hosted by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool City Council since 2016, The 66th Blake Prize will return in 2020. There are two prizes; one for Art and one for Poetry.

Key dates:
29 November 2019 - Entries open
31 May 2020 - Entries close Poetry Prize 
12 October 2020 - Entries close Art Prize

The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize.

Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary art work that addresses the religious or spiritual.

1. The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000
2. The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000
3.  The Blake Established Artist Residency - consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC.

All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief.

Click here to enter The 66th Blake Art Prize

The Blake Poetry Prize invites written submissions of up to 100 lines which will be displayed alongside the Art Prize in 2020. The winning entry receives a prize of $5000. The Blake Poetry Prize is presented in partnership with WestWords. For enquiries and further information visit westwords.com.au

Entries for The Blake Poetry Prize closed on 31 May. The finalists will be announced shortly. Visit our Facebook page to get updates.


ABOUT

Since 1951, The Blake Prize has engaged artists, nationally and internationally, with ideas of spirituality and religion. The prize takes its name from William Blake, the world-famous 18th Century artist, and poet who threaded the religious and artistic throughout his practice. Building on this history, The 66th Blake Prize continues to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art, which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality, religion and/or belief.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has proudly presented The Blake Prize as a biennial event since 2016, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. Casula Powerhouse is ideally positioned in Liverpool, a community of people from over 150 different birthplaces, speaking over 140 languages with an equally diverse range of faith backgrounds. We are committed to supporting emerging and established artists to create work that reflect Australian communities.

CPAC will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize, continuing to engage contemporary artists, both nationally and internationally, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non – belief. The Blake Prize presents an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail through the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.


Image Gallery: Featuring finalists from The 65th Blake Prize (2018).

Image credits: Wade Marynowsky, Yesterday’s Futurist (Self Portrait with Lightsaber)., 2017, High definition video and audio. | Chris O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Stations of the Cross No.10  - Australian Jesus stripped bare, 2016, charcoal, coloured pencils and glitter | Jacqui Stockdale, The Offering, 2017, Type C photograph | Pamela Leung, SORRY I NO UNDERSTAND, 2018, neon | Winner of The 65th Blake Prize: Tina Havelock Stevens, Giant Rock, 2017, Video still-photo Daniel S Perry and courtesy, copyright of the artist | Winner of the 2018 Blake Established Artist Award: Tracey Clement, Metropolis Experiment, 2017, Sculpture mild steel, salt, laboratory glass, cotton.

The Blake Poetry Prize 2020

About The Blake Poetry Prize

The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

Key dates:
29 November 2019 - Entries open
31 May 2020 - Entries close

The Blake Poetry Prize ($5,000) challenges Australian poets of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to explore the wider experience of spirituality, religion, and/or belief in a new work of 100 lines or less.  Please note each entry requires a separate payment. Eligible entries require both a completed entry form and payment of fee.

The 2020 Blake Poetry Prize is managed by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in collaboration with WestWords.

Entries for The Blake Poetry Prize closed on 31 May. The finalists will be announced shortly. Visit our Facebook page to get updates.


Since 2016 Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) has conducted The Blake Poetry Prize as a bi-annual event, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. The Blake Poetry Prize is presented in partnership with WestWords. For enquiries and further information visit westwords.com.au

WestWords and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Poetry Prize in continuing to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less. The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.

Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition & Art Prize

The annual Mil-Pra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) exhibition and art prize celebrates the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in our region and beyond. Presented at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the 29th Annual Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition will feature an exciting variety of artworks, from painting to ceramics and sculptural pieces by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of all ages living in both NSW and the ACT.

This year, the Mil-Pra AECG Award of $1500 will be awarded to the artist whose work best responds to the 2020 theme.

Other major prizes include; the $2000 acquisitive Maria Lock Award and the $3000 acquisitive Liverpool City Council’s Mayor’s Choice Award , the Bruce & Carol Kendall OAM Memorial Award of $500, KARI Award of $500, the Kate Nicholas Liverpool Women’s Services Award of $500, Family and Early Childhood Art Award of $50 as well as awards for various student categories.

Dates for the exhibition will be announced shortly.


Any Questions? registration@casulapowerhouse.com or reception@casulapowerhouse.com

(02) 8711 7123 - Please visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre front desk if you require a paper form.

Koreena Leverett, Hear my mother's stories, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018, Winner of Mil-Pra Award 2018

Liverpool Art Society Exhibition

Liverpool Art Society and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre are proud to present the 23nd Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition. The annual Liverpool Art Society exhibition, presented at Casula Powerhouse since 1998, promotes and celebrates the creative talent of our region. This year the exhibition will feature an array of artworks from painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography from Liverpool Art Society members of all ages.

The Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize of $1500 aims to support the development of an artist’s professional practice by providing the opportunity for further research and present a solo exhibition for Casula Powerhouse’s Marsden Gallery in late 2020.

Other major prizes to be awarded include; the acquisitive Liverpool City Council Overall Winner Prize of $5000 and the ANZ Technical Excellence and ANZ Award for Innovation prizes at $750 each.

Dates for the 2020 exhibition will be announced shortly.


Any Questions? registration@casulapowerhouse.com or reception@casulapowerhouse.com

(02) 8711 7123 - Please visit the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre front desk if you require a paper form.

** To be part of this exhibition, you need to be a member of Liverpool Art Society. Visit their website for more information: https://www.liverpoolartsociety.com/membership


Hedar Abadi ‘Intimacy’, 2018. 2018 Major prize winner Liverpool Art Society Exhibition.