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General Information

Applications have now closed for the 2019 St Kevin’s Art Show.

The St Kevin’s Art Show is a contemporary art award open to Australian artists and Australian residents. Artists are invited to submit up to three artworks for consideration by the selection panel. Works will be shortlisted on a range of criteria, but the panel is seeking high quality works which represent the best examples of an artist’s practice. 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 (drawings, paintings and editioned works), and photography to a maximum size of 140x140cm (or 2 metres sq.). Three-dimensional artworks are unfortunately not eligible due to display limitations.


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

The St Kevin’s Art Show is a selling exhibition and all exhibited artworks 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 ENTER + PAY button on this page. Applicants pay a non-refundable entry fee of $15 (for 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).

Contact details

Questions about the show or how to enter may be directed to:
Monique Harpur – 0410 043 917
Muriel Simkiss – 0439 317 267

Key Dates

Entries open: February 25, 2019

Entries close: 5pm on March 24, 2019

Shortlist notified: April 28, 2019 by email

Artwork delivered on: Friday May 17, between 9am and 4pm OR
Saturday May 18, between 10am and 5pm

Deliver artwork to: KC Smith Hall, St Kevin’s College, Moonga Rd, Toorak

Opening night: Friday May 24, 7-10pm
KC Smith Hall, St Kevin’s College

Important note:
Opening night is a ticketed event and exhibiting artists will receive one single complimentary ticket. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to attend as the prizes will be announced at this event. As this is a fully catered event, partners and / or accompanying guests must purchase a ticket/s to attend.

Exhibition dates:
Saturday, May 25 (8am – 6pm)
Sunday, May 26 (10am – 4pm)
Monday, May 27 (10am – 4pm)
Entry on general admission days is free for exhibiting artists. Guests pay $10.

Artwork collection: Tuesday, May 28 (9am – 5pm) for unsold works

2019 Judge


We are delighted to announce that the guest judge of the 2019 St Kevin’s Art Show is Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Cathy began her art museum career at the National Gallery of Australia in the Department of International Prints (1984-90), and in 1989 she was the Harold Wright Scholar in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. She has worked at the National Gallery of Victoria (Prints and Drawings) since 1990 and was appointed Senior Curator in 2002.

Cathy studied Fine Art and Russian at the Australian National University from 1981–83, and Honours in 1986. In addition to this, she also completed her MA at Monash University in 1989.

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