Macquarie Group Collection

Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

The Macquarie Group Collection has been supporting emerging Australian artists for more than thirty years. The Collection's annual Emerging Artist Prize and exhibition is usually held in Sydney, offering support to a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists are invited to enter an original work(s) that reflect the Macquarie Group Collection theme, The Land and its Psyche.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and we pay our respect to Australia’s First Nations elders past and present.

2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

The 2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize is now open for submissions. Eligible artists can enter up to five original works. Works in any medium are acceptable, except for ephemeral art. There is no entry fee.

Finalists will feature in the 2021 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize exhibition, with 100 per cent of proceeds from the sale of all work(s) going directly to the artist.

The First Prize winner will receive $A20,000 prize money and a three month residency on-site. Each finalist receives a $A1,000 art transport voucher from International Art Services and a $A500 Participation Prize.

2021 key dates

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Event Date
Submissions close  Friday 15 October
Finalists will be announced  Early November
Winners will be announced on  Tuesday 30 November
Exhibition will open Tuesday 30 November and close in mid-December

Please note, only a desktop computer (no handheld devices) can be used to upload your submission(s).
See the terms and conditions for full eligibility criteria.

2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

9th annual Emerging Artist Prize

A record number of submissions

Over 250 attendees at the virtual event

8 Emerging Artist Prize winners

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize and Exhibition was held virtually. In order to support more emerging artists during these challenging times, eight artists were selected for the virtual exhibition. Each of these artists received $A5,000 prize money and a $A1,000 art transport voucher from International Art Services. Please read the terms and conditions here.