2017 Bermingham Prize entries open

Entries for The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting are now open until 5pm Friday 4 November 2016. This is a unique triennial art prize that aims to celebrate excellence and innovation in the watercolour medium. This non-acquisitive prize is open to all Australian artists over the age of 18 years. Selected finalists will be exhibited in the Webb Gallery, located within Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art at South Bank, Brisbane.

2017 marks the inaugural Bermingham Prize exhibition. The overall winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize generously donated by Elaine Bermingham. Two highly commended prizes of $2,000 each will also be awarded.

For the purpose of this prize ‘Landscape’ is defined as any form of land or environment and does not exclude peopled landscape, seascape or urbanised and rural habitat.

We are pleased to announce our panel of highly regarded pre-selection judges this year, artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard. This year’s selection of judges brings a diverse range of both creative and professional expertise to the judging process.

The judging panel will assesshundreds of submissions from across Australia to choose the best watercolour artworks. Finalists will be announced on 18 November 2016 and their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017.The major prize and two highlycommended awards will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.