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The 68th Blake Art Prize

The Blake Prize is a biennial exhibition that highlights local and international contemporary artists who explore ideas of spirituality and religion through contemporary artworks. The 68th Blake Prize exhibition is currently on display at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 11 May to 7 July 2024. 

The Blake Prize has been challenging artists to explore spirituality and religion through their art since 1951, and Casula Powerhouse has been home to the prize since 2016. 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.

The 68th Blake Prize finalists were selected by a panel of judges renowned for their contribution to the discourse of contemporary art and spirituality in Australia. The judges include artist Dean Cross, Director of UNSW Galleries and Curator of the 2024 Adelaide Biennial José Da Silva, and Professor in Religion within the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney Professor Jay Johnston FAHA. 

The judges chose the best contemporary artworks that address ideas related to religion, spirituality and/or belief. Three prizes were awarded on Saturday 18th May at the Blake Prize Launch.

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 were not restricted to any specific faith or artistic style.

The 68th Blake Poetry Prize winners were also awarded on Saturday 18th May 2024 at the Blake Prize Launch.  The judges for the prize were Simone King, Ellen van Neervan & Peter Ramm.

More information about The Blake Poetry Prize -  click here: The Blake Poetry Prize - Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

For the Blake Poetry Prize shortlist including shortlisted poems & readings - click here: The 68th Blake Poetry Prize - Shortlist - Westwords

Please see below for the full list of winners and finalists in this years prize. Congratulations to all winners and to all finalists in the prize this year.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 11 May - Sunday 7 July 2024

Download Exhibition Catalogue

The 68th Blake Prize


The Blake Emerging Artist Prize


The Blake Established Artist Residency


The Blake Poetry Prize


The Blake Poetry Prize Highly Commended



Congratulations to the 68th Blake Prize finalists!

Abdullah M.I. Syed

Ashfield, NSW

Agus Wijaya

Penshurst, NSW

Alyssa Aleksanian

Hazelbrook, NSW

Amber Subaki

Enmore, NSW

Anna Tregloan & Adriano Cortese

Ultimo, NSW

Audrey Newton

St Marys, NSW

Aylsa McHugh

Wurundjeri Country, Preston, VIC

Brian Robinson

Subiaco, WA

Celine Cheung

Epping, NSW

Christine Dean

Elizabeth Bay, NSW

Christopher Zanko

Austinmer, NSW

Darron Davies

Campbells Creek, VIC

Deanne Gilson

Brown Hill, VIC

Drew Connor Holland

Darlinghurst, NSW

Dr Lisa Anderson

St Kilda, VIC

Elyas Alavi

Pascoe Vale, VIC

Emily Portmann

Annandale, NSW

Greg Semu

Bondi, NSW

Jen Alexandra

Christchurch, NZ

Jenna Lee

Richmond, VIC

Jennifer Ingkatji

Thebarton, SA

Johanna van der Linden

Mount Evelyn, VIC

John Gillies

Leichhardt, NSW

Johnathon World Peace Bush

Melville Island, NT

Jordan Azcune

Petrie Terrace, QLD

Joshua Pether

Mount Lawley, WA

Katie Stackhouse

North Warrandyte, VIC

Kean Onn See

Newtown, NSW

Khaled Sabsabi

Green Valley, NSW

Khashayar Salmanzadeh

Burwood, VIC

Lachlan Warner

Burwood, NSW

Lauri Smith

Stanmore, NSW

Lee Harrop

Nightcliff, NT

Linda Sok


Liz Payne

Erskineville, NSW

Louise Meuwissen

Reservoir, VIC

Maissa Alameddine

Naremburn, NSW

Maria Pia Mosquera

Alexandria, NSW

Marion Abraham

Molesworth, TAS

Mary MacGregor-Reid

Auckland, NZ

Eureka O'Hanlon

Flemington, VIC

Monica Rani Rudhar

Dulwich Hill, NSW

Morgan Hogg


Nicole Zhang

Epping, NSW

Nina Sanadze

St Kilda East, VIC

Peter Maloney

Alexandria, NSW


Paddington, NSW

Rat Bedlington


Shireen Taweel

Darlinghurst, NSW

Tianli Zu

St Ives, NSW

Tina Stefanou

Wattle Glen, VIC

Tracey Clement

Annandale, NSW

Truc Truong

Rostrevor, SA

Vilma Bader

Maroubra,  NSW

Yhonnie Scarce

Fitzroy, VIC

Yuhana Nashmi

Ruse, NSW

Yvette Hamilton

Wentworth Falls, NSW


Exhibition dates: 11 May – 7 July 2024


The 67th Blake Prize (2022)

Winner – S.J Norman, Cicatrix (All that was taken, all that remains), 2021. Giclee prints, performance documentation.

Winner – Leyla Stevens, Kidung/Lament, 2019, video.

Winner – Tina Havelock Stevens, Giant Rock, 2017, video

Winner – Yardena Kurulkar,  Kenosis, 2015, photo print


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 87th 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.


Dean Cross

Dean Cross is an artist primarily working across installation, sculpture and painting. Interested in the collisions of materials, ideas and histories, Cross is motivated by an understanding that his practice sits within a continuum of the oldest living culture on Earth – and enacts First Nations sovereignty through expanded contemporary art methodologies. His cross-disciplinary practice often confronts the legacies of modernism, rebalancing dominant cultural and social histories.

José Da Silva

José Da Silva is a curator and writer and is currently the Director of UNSW Galleries, where he has developed a dynamic program of contemporary Australian art and design since 2018. He is also the curator of the 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art. Between 2006 and 2018, he contributed to an ambitious program of exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions and projects at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, including a role in the curatoriums for five editions of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Selected curatorial projects include Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY (2022-24, with Liz Nowell and touring nationally); Jacobus Capone: Orisons (2022); Sam Smith: Capture (2021); The Colour Line: W. E. B Du Bois and Archie Moore (2021); Friendship as a Way of Life (2020, with Kelly Doley); Wansolwara: One Salt Water (2020, with Mikala Tai), and Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence (2019).

Professor Jay Johnston FAHA

Jay Johnston FAHA is Professor in Religion within the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney. She is a cross-disciplinary specialist who also works in the fields of Heritage, Art History and Practice, Conservation and Environment, and Nordic Studies.  Jay is a leader in conceptual and methodological innovation who has been influential in developing new subfields such as aesthetics of religion and subtle body studies. Her research examines visual and material culture with a particular focus on the interrelationship between ethics and aesthetics, concepts of materiality, embodiment and epistemology.