Incinerator Art Award 2021 Application

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    PRIZES 2021

    This year, we will be offering a total pool of $11,000 in cash prizes:
    • 4 x $2,500 cash prizes will be awarded to four shortlisted artworks as selected by our judges’ panel.
    • 1 x People’s Choice Award of $1,000 cash prize will also be awarded to one recipient at the close of the exhibition.


    • Entry is open to artists living and working in Australia.
    • Artists must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
    • Indoor, outdoor and performance works are accepted, the gallery can accommodate a variety of sizes and media.
    • Outdoor works must be able to withstand all climatic conditions.
    • Performance works must be able to be judged based on documentation, video footage or photographs. All performances in the gallery and judging will be negotiated with Incinerator staff. Performance-based applications should outline any preferences for required space, duration and scheduling of performances throughout the Incinerator Art Award period.
    • Works must be complete at the time of your submission.
    • Works must be by a living artist, and created within the last five years.
    • Works must not have won other art prizes or awards.
    • Moonee Valley City Council Employees and Volunteers, or their family members, relatives or household members are ineligible to enter.


    • Please note, Incinerator Gallery is hopeful to have the exhibition displayed in the gallery space, however this is dependent on State Government and Department of Human Health and Services directives regarding COVID-19. For this reason, the format of the exhibition of the Incinerator Art Award entries is subject to change (in gallery or online exhibitions are possible) and all successful finalists will be kept updated on how their works will be displayed as information comes to light.
    • The exhibition is curated by Incinerator Gallery.
    • The layout of the exhibition is determined by Incinerator Gallery, if the artist has site specific work they must make it known in their application.
    • The artist is responsible for the packaging and transportation of the work to and from the gallery. Please outline in your application if transportation assistance is required.
    • The work must be delivered and collected from the Gallery within the time period set by the Incinerator Gallery.
    • Incinerator Gallery will install and de-install the work, unless the artist specifies otherwise.
    • Installing and de-installing must be completed within the time period specified by the Incinerator Gallery.
    • The artist is responsible for providing the equipment required to exhibit the work unless otherwise stated. Where possible, video-based works are encouraged to supply their own monitors – please outline in your application.
    • All artworks and equipment must comply with Moonee Valley City Council OH&S standards.
    • All shortlisted works will be insured for loss or damage by Moonee Valley City Council for the period of the exhibition.
    • Moonee Valley City Council will not be responsible for works not collected within the time period specified by the Incinerator Gallery unless by prior arrangement. Works not collected by this time will be disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery.


    • The artist will include in this application a high-resolution image (at least 1600 pixels wide at 300DPI) of the entered work with your entry.
    • It is recognised that authorship and copyright of works entered belongs to the artist.
    • Short-listed artists give permission for Moonee Valley City Council to use images of entered work for marketing purposes associated with Incinerator Art Award and Incinerator Gallery for five years from the date of entry.
    • The artist will be attributed to the work as reasonably possible wherever the image is reproduced.


    • Artworks submitted should demonstrate a belief that cultural and creative expression can be used as a means to affect deep and lasting social change.
    • Accompanying texts should will demonstrate a relationship to the theme of the award, 'Art for Social Change'.
    • The Selection Panel will consist of two Incinerator Gallery staff and an external panelist from an Australian contemporary arts organisation.
    • The Selection Panel will grade artworks independently, based on the response to the theme ‘art for social change.’ Applications will be critiqued on communication, quality, and content.
    • The application will also be considered for artistic and ethical merit, achievability of installation and additional support material supplied by the artist.
    • Only shortlisted artworks will be eligible for Incinerator Art Award prizes.


    • Judges are selected by Incinerator Gallery based on their industry professionalism and practice.
    • Incinerator Gallery shortlists works based on the SHORT LISTING SELECTION CRITERIA outlined above.
    • Incinerator Gallery reserves the right to accept or reject any works submitted for consideration on any grounds.
    • All decisions are final and individual feedback is not provided on outcomes.


    • This year, Incinerator Gallery is waiving the $30 entry fee. Entries to Incinerator Art Award 2021 are free.
    • Artists must only submit one work per entry. This may be a single work with various components or a series of objects/images exhibited under one title.
    • Submissions will only be accepted via the online form before midnight 30 May 2021.
    • All information upon submission of the application must be true; incorrect information may deem short-listed works ineligible.


    Entries open: Saturday 1 May
    Entries close: Sunday 30 May, 11:59pm
    Shortlisted artists announced: Monday 2 August
    Delivery of works: Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 August
    Opening night and award ceremony: Friday 13 August, 6-8pm
    Exhibition dates: Friday 13 August – Sunday 31 October
    People's Choice Award winner announced: Friday 5 November


    If you have any further questions about the Incinerator Art Award please contact Incinerator Gallery:

    180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie 3040
    03 9243 1750