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 and until 31st May for the Poetry 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.
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.
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
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: Alex Latham, I put my feet on the Archbishop of Sydney’s bed, 2017, Stickers & cardboard crucifix box | 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.