THE BLAKE PRIZE

Entries closed 12 October at midnight. Finalists will be informed 27 November 2020.

The 66th Blake 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.


TO COMPLETE THE BLAKE PRIZE ENTRY FORM YOU WILL NEED:

  • To read the terms and conditions on the second page of this form
  • Your personal details including email, phone and address
  • Your ABN (if you have one)
  • If you are represented by a gallery: The contact details of the gallery (if applicable)
  • Your artist CV - saved and uploaded as a pdf, Word Doc or Jpeg
  • Your artwork details including: Title, year made, materials/medium, height, width and depth, duration (if applicable), artwork price and insurance value
  • An Artwork statement
  • Any specific installation and/or space and lighting requirements in writing
  • Your credit card or debit card ready for entry/ticket payment via our online system, SABO (the link is in this entry form)
  • The receipt number of your SABO payment: The payment confirmation number
  • A maximum of two images or one video of your finished artwork (depending on the type of artwork you are submitting)
  • NOTE: you must finish the form in one sitting- as the system DOES NOT allow the entry form to save and continue later

Click here to read the terms and conditions for The 66th Blake Prize

Click here to pay the fee to enter The 66th Blake Prize

Click here to enter The 66th Blake Prize

Please pay for your entry fee via our ticketing system, and then use the receipt number in your entry form. Details below.

The exhibition and awards will take place after Casula Powerhouse can safely re-open.


KEY DATES

  • 29 November 2019 - Entries open
  • 12 October 2020 - Entries close Art Prize
  • 27 November 2020 - Finalist Notification
  • 13 February 2021 - 11 April 2021 - Blake Prize Exhibition
  • 13 February 2021 - Exhibition Launch / Winners Announcement

About the Blake Art Prize

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.

Meet the Judges for The 66th Blake Prize

We are pleased to announce the Blake Prize judges for 2020; Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Maud Page and Kumi Taguchi.


Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Sri-Lankan born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a contemporary artist who experiments with figurative sculptural and painting practices to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.

In 2019, he received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship to recognise his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. He was also included in Thames and Hudson’s book, ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’; a global survey of cutting edge, sculptural practice and included in the largest historical survey of LGBTQ Asian Art at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre.

Most recently, he has been appointed as the 2020 recipient of the Melbourne Art Foundation and HOTA Gallery Commission.

Photo by Anna Kucera

Maude Page

Maud Page is the Director Of Collections, and Deputy Director at the Art Gallery of NSW and joined them in 2017. Previously she has been deputy director, collection and exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane. She played a key leadership role in formulating the museum’s strategic direction and was instrumental in the realisation and curation of major exhibitions and projects, including the Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art.

Her former role as senior curator of Pacific art saw her develop the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Pacific art in the region – a career focus begun working here at Casula Powerhouse on the exhibition Devotion: the religious, the domestic, the Pacific. Prior to her art galleries roles, she was a lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.


Kumi Taguchi

Kumi Taguchi is a presenter for ABCTV, including host of Compass, and is a regular host of major live events, including the Australian of the Year Awards.

In 2018, Kumi was the MC at the opening and closing ceremonies of The Invictus Games in Sydney, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million.

How to enter The Blake 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.


TO COMPLETE THE BLAKE PRIZE ENTRY FORM YOU WILL NEED:

  • To read the terms and conditions on the second page of this form
  • Your personal details including email, phone and address
  • Your ABN (if you have one)
  • If you are represented by a gallery: The contact details of the gallery (if applicable)
  • Your artist CV - saved and uploaded as a pdf, Word Doc or Jpeg
  • Your artwork details including: Title, year made, materials/medium, height, width and depth, duration (if applicable), artwork price and insurance value
  • An Artwork statement
  • Any specific installation and/or space and lighting requirements in writing
  • Your credit card or debit card ready for entry/ticket payment via our online system, SABO (the link is in this entry form)
  • The receipt number of your SABO payment: The payment confirmation number
  • A maximum of two images or one video of your finished artwork (depending on the type of artwork you are submitting)
  • NOTE: you must finish the form in one sitting- as the system DOES NOT allow the entry form to save and continue later

Click here to read the terms and conditions for The 66th Blake Prize

Click here to pay the fee to enter The 66th Blake Prize

Click here to enter The 66th Blake Prize


KEY DATES

  • 29 November 2019 - Entries open
  • 12 October 2020 - Entries close Art Prize

See works by previous finalists

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.