Fireworks Call for Entries

Reopens 1 October 2022

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

To enter, students need to read the Terms and Conditions below and submit an entry. Please have on hand mediums used in your work, its measurements, a description about your work and clear photographs.

Students may submit their art and/or design works created in any of their Arts and Technology subjects, using any medium of choice. This may include digital art, collage, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, graphic design, video or photography.

Clear photographs of the entered work must also be submitted with entry, alongside a brief statement that includes the artist’s name, title of the artwork, and mediums used. This information will be used on the wall didactic for gallery visitors to have further insight into the ideas and inspiration behind the art and design work.

Students planning to submit entries to Fireworks should read this advice for students writing their statement.

Bright Sparks

The Fireworks 2022 exhibition will open Friday, 9 December 2022 to Sunday, 15 January 2023.

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.

The formal exhibition opening and awards presentation will be held at 6pm on Friday, 9 December 2022.

Prizes to be awarded at the opening are:

Fireworks Art Award $500
Fireworks Design Award $500
Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art $200
Mayoral Award for Excellence in Design $200

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

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite work. The People's Choice Award will be announced on social media in the week after the exhibition closes. The winner will receive a $200 voucher to spend at a local art supplies store.

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 incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Students may submit up to two applications. One per category ART and DESIGN. 

  • Students who live, work or study in Moonee Valley and currently in Years 11 or 12 are eligible to apply for Fireworks. Year 10 students are not eligible to apply. 
  • Immediate family (siblings or children) of Moonee Valley City Council employees and Councillors are ineligible to apply. 

Shortlisted works will be assessed according to the following qualities:

• they 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. 

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

Shortlisting and Award outcomes are final and appeals will not be considered. 

Entries open Saturday, 1 October 2022.
Entries close Monday, 31 October 2022.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of applications in the end of November 2021.

Shortlisted finalists will be sent an Exhibition Participation and Photo Consent Form which must be completed and returned by 1 December 2022. 

Shortlisted students are responsible for the delivery and collection of their artworks at the following times:

  • Delivered to the Gallery between 11am and 4pm on 19 to 26 November 2022. 
  • Collected from the Gallery between 11am and 4pm on 28 January to 4 February 2022.
  • Any works not collected by this date will be disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery.
  • Contact the Gallery to make any alternate arrangements outside of these times. 

Works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. 

Finalists must be available to attend the opening exhibition opening and awards presentation at 6pm Friday, 10 December 2021. 

The Fireworks exhibition at Incinerator Gallery will be open to the public between 11am to 4pm from Friday, 9 December 2022 to Sunday, 15 January 2023.

Please note the Gallery will be closed for Christmas and New Year period.

Images submitted will be used for selection, exhibition planning and promotional purposes. 

Photographs must be clear and depict artwork well, with no background clutter. 

Provide up to 2 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 overall work looks like. 

  • Shortlisted students will be asked to complete an Exhibition Participation and Photo Consent Form to participate in the Fireworks exhibition.
  • Shortlisted students may be invited to speak with the media about their work. 
  • Applicants under the age of 18 (on 1 December 2022) must seek permission from their parent or guardian.
  • Works displayed in a public exhibition is subject to Australian copyright law. If your work 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 copyright holders, your work may not be able to be displayed.
  • Please follow the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) guidance for seeking permission to use copyright material. Use the letter template provided to obtain clearance for your work. See https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/news-and-events/events-and-awards/season-of-excellence/Pages/Copyright.aspx
  • If you are applying for both Fireworks and VCE Season of Excellence 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. 

For more information about copyright visit the Australian Copyright Council or speak with your teacher.

Please let us know if you also intend submitting your artwork for VCE Season of Excellence

Works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and cannot be removed. 

Fireworks is free to enter. 

Late applications will not be accepted. 

Students may submit up to two applications one ART and one DESIGN.

Students are responsible for: 

  • the delivery and collection of their works to and from Incinerator Gallery. 
  • works to be ready for display, including any framing requirements or D rings required, unless works can be pinned directly to walls. 

Works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and cannot be removed.