Macquarie Group Collection

Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

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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.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize and Exhibition will be held virtually. In order to support more emerging artists during these challenging times, up to eight artists will be selected for the virtual exhibition. Each of these artists will be awarded $A5000 prize money and a $A1000 art transport voucher from International Art Services. The successful artists will be announced at a virtual event on Wednesday 25 November 2020.


2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

The 2020 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize is now open for submissions and will close at midnight, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on Friday 6 November 2020.

You can view the terms and conditions of entry here.

2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

Visual artist Emily Imeson

Visual artist Emily Imeson was awarded the 2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize for her painting Alive in the dead of night, 2019 (pictured).

Guest judge Nike Savvas shares, “From an outstanding field of nominees, Emily’s work was selected as the recipient of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize as it represents a distinct style and skilfully encapsulates the theme of the Macquarie Group Collection, The Land and its Psyche.”

Our 2019 finalists

The exceptional quality of the finalists’ works reflects the significant depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of promising visual artists. Congratulations to the 2019 finalists:

  • Luke Aleksandrow
  • Alexander Beech
  • Martin Claydon
  • Nyinta Donald
  • Samir Hamaiel
  • Emily Imeson
  • Paul Murphy
  • Adam Oste
  • Julia Sirianni