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The UniSQ Biennial Art Award

Launching in 2024, the UniSQ Biennial Art Award is an exciting new addition to Australia’s art world. The award aims to celebrate and champion contemporary Australian art and with a generous prize pool of $40 000, it is set to attract talented artists from all corners of the country.


  • Overall award ($30 000 acquisitive)
  • Emerging Artist award ($5000 acquisitive) (Emerging Artist is defined by the Australian Council for the Arts as those in the first five years of professional practice) 
  • Packers award ($3000 non-acquisitive)
  • Local Excellence award ($1000 non-acquisitive) 
  • Peoples Choice award ($1000 non-acquisitive)  

Please read the terms and conditions for more information. 

How to enter

Entries have now closed. 

There is an entry fee of $40.00 per artist, once you receive payment confirmation you will gain access to the submission portal where you can submit multiple artworks for consideration. 

The UniSQ Biennial Art Award is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions prior to entering.

For further information, please email

There will be two rounds of judging. In the first round of pre-selection, the judges will select finalist works for exhibition from the images provided, and those finalists will be invited to exhibit their work in the UniSQ Art Gallery. 

Finalist works will be judged by a panel of judges, chaired by the University Vice-Chancellor, comprised of the Curator (Arts and Exhibitions), one representative from UniSQ's School of Creative Arts, and one suitably qualified independent guest judge. Judging criteria is based on three equally evaluated criteria of technical skill, originality, and conceptual strength.
Yes, we welcome artists to submit as many artworks as they wish.
Yes, please ensure that the artworks you wish to enter into the competition are submitted at the same time, in one submission. 
No, let your creativity flow – there is no theme or preferred medium. Every medium, from oil on canvas to sculpture to multimedia, is welcome.

If you are a past entrant or have attended other UniSQ events, you may already have an account with us.

Please click “Back to Sign In” on the bottom of submissions page, and attempt to login in. If you cannot remember your password please follow the prompts to reset it.

If you are unable to login after resetting your password or have any other questions please email with an image of the error message you are receiving.

We encourage everyone to enter the competition online, if you don't have access to a computer please contact for assistance.