THE BLAKE ART PRIZE

The 68th 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 68th 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.

The judges choose the best contemporary artworks that address ideas related to religion, spirituality and/or belief. There are three prizes to be won!

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 any specific faith or artistic style.

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KEY DATES
    • Entry Form opens: 1 August 2023
    • Entry form closes: 9am on Monday 18 December 2023
    • Blake Art Prize Finalists announced: Friday 8 March 2024
    • Blake Poetry Prize Finalists announced: Friday 22 March 2024
    • Exhibition launch: Saturday 18 May 2024
    • Exhibition dates: 11 May – 7 July 2024

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

Blake Art Prize Finalists will be announced on Friday 8 March 2024

Blake Poetry Prize Finalists will be announced on Friday 22 March 2024


PAST BLAKE PRIZES

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

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 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.

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