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Gallery visitors at Fireworks exibition 2022
Gallery visitors at Fireworks exibition 2022
Fireworks 2023, installation view
Fireworks 2023, installation view
Fireworks 2023, installation view
Fireworks, 2022, installation view.
Fireworks, 2022, installation view.
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Call for Entries open Tuesday, 1 October and closes Thursday, 31 October 2024

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

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.

Fireworks 2024 will be open from Saturday, 7 December 2024 to Sunday, 19 January 2025.

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, 6 December 2024.

Prizes to be awarded 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

To enter, students need to read the Terms and Conditions below before submitting their applicationPlease have on hand mediums used in your work, its measurements, a description about your work and clear photographs.

  • Please read all information in Terms and Conditions before applying for Fireworks.
    • Eligibility to Apply
    • Selection Criteria
    • Important Dates
    • Image Advice
    • Exhibition Participation Forms
    • Copyright
    • Important Dates
  • If after reading this information you have further questions please contact the Incinerator Gallery on 9243 1750 or at
  • Fireworks is free to enter. 
  • Students may submit up to two applications. One per category Art and Design. 
  • Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • 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.
  • 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, volunteers and Councillors are ineligible to apply. 

Conceptual Excellence: Demonstrates creative originality and a clear conceptual message.

  • The work demonstrates a unique and innovative approach, showcasing creativity and originality in its concept while also communicating a compelling and coherent message that engages viewers.

Technical Proficiency: Exhibits mastery of the chosen medium with attention to detail.

  • The work exhibits a high level of technical skill and craftsmanship relevant to its chosen medium (e.g., painting, sculpture, digital art) while demonstrating precision and attention to detail in its execution.

Engagement and Impact: Evokes emotions, thoughts, and leaves a lasting impact on viewers.

  • The work evokes emotions, thoughts, or responses from the audience, and it has the potential to captivate and engage a diverse audience, fostering a sense of connection or conversation.

Durability and Display: Work is structurally sound and safe for display.

  • The work is structurally sound, ensuring it can withstand the full duration of the Fireworks exhibition without damage, and it poses no safety concerns.

Artistic Growth Potential: Indicates potential for continued artistic development and innovation.

  • The work shows promise for future artistic development, indicating the creator’s potential for continued growth and innovation.
  • 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 work in its entirety, so we have a complete understanding of what your overall work looks like and pieces included. 
  • Applications must include 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 works.
  • Please read this advice for students before writing the statement.
  • 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 2024) must seek permission from their parent or guardian.
  • The entrant represents and warrants that the work is the entrant’s sole original work, the entrant has the power to grant the rights given under it, the entrant has obtained appropriate releases, including location and performer’s releases, the entrant is entitled to reproduce and exploit any underlying rights in the work, and the entrant indemnifies the organiser against any loss resulting from breach of these warranties.
  • For more information about copyright visit the Australian Copyright Council website or speak with your teacher.
  • Entries open 1 October 2024.
    Entries close 31 October 2024.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of applications mid-November 2024.
  • Shortlisted finalists will be sent an Exhibition Participation and Photo Consent Form which must be completed and emailed or brought in with the work. 
  • Shortlisted students are responsible for the delivery and collection of their artworks at the following times:
    • Delivered to the Gallery between 11am—4pm from Tuesday, 19 to Sunday, 24 November 2024.
    • Collected from the Gallery between 11am—4pm from Tuesday, 4 to Sunday, 9 February 2025.
    • Contact the Gallery to make any alternate arrangements outside of these times. 
    • Any works not collected by 9 February will be disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery.
  • 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, 6 December 2024. 
  • The Fireworks exhibition at Incinerator Gallery will be open to the public between 11am—4pm from Saturday, 8 December 2024 to Sunday, 19 January 2025.
  • Please note the Gallery will be closed for Christmas and New Year period from Monday, 23 December 2024. reopening on Thursday, 2 January 2025.

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. 

Privacy Statement:

  • Moonee Valley City Council (Council) is collecting your personal information through this form in order to obtain your permission to use your photo/video/film or interview for publication on our website, social media channels, print media, advertising, etc. Your information and your child’s information will be stored in Councils document management system. Council will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law.
  • Contact to request access to your personal information. For further information on how your personal information is handled, refer to Council’s Information Privacy Policy (
  • Contact Council’S Communications Department on 03 9243 8888 for more information.

Child safe statement:

  • Moonee Valley City Council is committed to being a Child Safe Organisation ( with zero tolerance for child abuse, and will protect the interests and safety of children at all times in accordance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards ( and related legislation.