Call for entries

Open to Year 11 and 12 art and design students who live, work or study in Moonee Valley

Fireworks Call for Entries will run from Tuesday 1 September until Sunday 8 November.

The Incinerator Gallery Fireworks exhibition is the Moonee Valley's annual art and design award for Years 11 and 12 students who live, work or study in Moonee Valley.

To enter, young artists will need to complete the online entry form and submit a photograph of their artworks. Students may submit their art and/or design works created in any of their Arts and Technology subjects, using any medium of choice – including digital art, collage, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, graphic design, video or photography.

A clear photograph of the entered artwork must be submitted with entry, alongside a brief artist statement that includes the artist’s name, title of the artwork, mediums used and a brief description of the story and message of the artwork. This information will be used on the artwork and artist credits for viewers to have further insight into the ideas and inspiration behind the artwork.

Advice for students writing their label text for Fireworks.

Bright Sparks

The Fireworks 2020 exhibition will open Tuesday 8 December, with an opening celebration at 6pm on Friday 11 December. This is a fantastic opportunity for young student artists and designers to gain exposure and have their art and design works showcased in a professional gallery space. There are also five prizes to be awarded at the opening, including:

The $500 Fireworks Art Award
The $500 Fireworks Design Award
The $250 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art
The $250 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Design
The People’s Choice Award $200 Art Supplies Voucher

Judging and selection panels will comprise two highly regarded Victorian art educators and advocates.

Terms and Conditions

Please read this information before applying for Fireworks.

If after reading this information you have further questions please contact the Incinerator Gallery on 9243 1750 or at

Students who live, work or study in Moonee Valley and currently in Years 11 or 12 are eligible to apply for Fireworks. 

Immediate family (siblings or children) of Moonee Valley City Council employees and Councillors are ineligible to apply.

Fireworks is free to enter.

Applicants may submit up to two artworks that:

• are creative, distinctive and have a strong concept.
• demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge and skill. 
• are available for display in the Fireworks exhibition from 8 December 2020 to 18 January 2021 (plus allow time for delivery and collection). 

A panel comprising professionals from the art, design or education sectors will review and select final works to be displayed in the Fireworks exhibition.
Applicants must answer all questions. 

Entries open Wednesday 1 September 2020. 
Entries close Sunday 8 November 2020

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of applications in mid-November 2020. Outcomes are final and appeals will not be considered. 

Finalists must return their completed Exhibition Participation Form by 1 December 2020. Finalists will receive an email with more information about this.

Finalists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their artworks at the following times:
• Delivered to the Gallery between 11am and 4pm on 21 to 28 November 2020. 
• Collected from the Gallery between 11am and 4pm 23 to 30 January 2021. 
• Any works not collected by this date will be disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery.
Contact the Gallery to make any arrangements outside of these times. 

Finalists must be available to attend the opening exhibition at 6pm Friday 11 December 2020. 

The Fireworks exhibition at Incinerator Gallery will be open to the public between 11am to 4pm from Tuesday 8 December 2020 to Sunday 17 January 2021. 

Please let us know if you also intend submitting your artwork for SoE.

Work displayed in a public exhibition is subject to Australian copyright law. If your artwork contains non-original material you are required to acknowledge this in your application and seek appropriate clearance from copyright holders.
All shortlisted applicants must provide supporting documentation for their work if it contains non-original material, including written approval from the copyright holder and the original letter seeking approval. 
For non-original music in films, additional clearance will be required from the publisher, the writer of the lyrics, and the writer of the music. 
If you cannot obtain clearance from the copyright holders, your work may not be able to be displayed.
Please follow the Victorian Department of Education guidance for seeking permission to use copyright material. Use the letter template provided to obtain clearance for your work. Information about this is on the Department website 
If you are applying for Fireworks and VCE Top Arts, Design or Screen then you will need to get copyright permission for both exhibitions. The easiest way to do this is by mentioning both exhibitions in one letter to the copyright holder. We recommend you discuss copyright with your teacher.
For more information on copyright please visit the Australian Copyright Council. 

Finalists will be asked to complete a consent form and may be invited to speak with the media about their artwork. 

If you are under the age of 18 (on 1 December 2020) you must seek permission from your parent or guardian.

Images submitted will be used for the online exhibition. 
• Please ensure your photographs are clear and depict your artwork well. 
• Provide up to four high resolution images (images must be 1600 pixels wide and 300DPI; JPEGs preferred) for each artwork you are submitting. 
• At least one of these images must show the entire artwork, so we have a complete understanding of what your work looks like. 

Images will also assist us to plan how and where each artwork is displayed within the Gallery.