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2021 marks the milestone 50th annual St Kevin’s Art Show

The St Kevin’s Art Show is a contemporary art award open to Australian artists. Artists are invited to submit up to three artworks for consideration by the selection panel. The selection panel is seeking high quality works which represent the best examples of an artist’s practice. There are two main prizes on offer. The main prize is awarded to the best overall work in any medium, and the Brother McCarthy Award is given to the best work on paper as judged by our guest judge. Works on paper are eligible to be considered for both awards so artists should not be discouraged from entering smaller works.

The selection panel may shortlist more than one artwork by each artist.

Entries may include two-dimensional / wall mounted works such as paintings, works on paper (drawing, collage, editioned prints etc), photography. The maximum finished size of any entry must not exceed 140cm in height or width (including frame). Three-dimensional artworks are unfortunately not eligible due to display limitations.

Read our T&Cs before entering and click on the yellow ENTER AWARDS button to submit your entry for this milestone event, the 50th St Kevin’s Art Show.


Major Prize

Non-acquisitive prize of $10,000 for the winning work as selected by our guest judge

Brother McCarthy Memorial Award

$3,500 for the best work on paper

People’s Choice

$500 prize will be awarded to the winning artist of the People’s Choice

Further information

All artworks exhibited in the St Kevin’s Art Show must be available for sale. Multiple editions of works on paper can be offered for sale at the Art Show provided that they are genuine editioned works (such as editioned photography, editioned etchings, linocuts etc) and not reproductions.

All entries must be submitted online through the yellow ENTER AWARDS button on this page. Applicants pay a non-refundable entry fee of $15 (to enter up to three artworks). Artists should also refer the Terms & Conditions as acceptance of these forms part of the application process.

The significant prize monies should not deter artists from submitting smaller/more affordable works, as the selection panel is seeking to select artworks across a range of price brackets and all works will be given equal consideration during judging.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in early May. To accept the invitation to exhibit, shortlisted artists will pay an acceptance fee of $10 for each artwork selected for inclusion in the Art Award. A link for making this acceptance payment will be sent with the invitation to exhibit. All shortlisted artists receive one VIP ticket to a fully catered opening night gala event (ticket value $45).

Key Dates

Entries deadline extended to April 16th.

Exhibition dates May 22nd-24th.

Please follow us on instagram @skc.artshow to be kept up to date on entries opening.

Banner image: Paul White, Mines Silver Lined (Broken Hill Back Track), 2019, pencil on paper, 140x100cm (detail). Shortlisted 49th St Kevin’s Art Show 2019

2021 Judge


The guest judge for the 2021 St Kevin’s Art Show will be announced soon.

Previous judges since 2017 have included Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melinda Martin, Director of Linden Gallery in St Kilda and artist Louisa Bufardeci who is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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