Australia’s premier satirical art competition, The Bald Archy Prize, is back for its 28th year!
Submissions are now open for the 2024 Bald Archy Prize, which is now administered by the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga. Entries for the 2024 prize are open until 19 January 2024.
For more information on how to enter, please read the Bald Archy Prize rules and conditions of entry below.
The rules for entering the Bald Archy Prize are simple:
- The Bald Archy Prize will be awarded to the best comic or satirical portrait of an Australian distinguished in Art, Science, Letters, Politics, Sport or the Media.
- It must be painted in the twelve (12) months preceding 01/01/2024.
- Historically, Professor Maude Cockatoo, the sole judge of the Bald Archy Prize has a preference for light blue. See Maude’s bio on the "About the Prize" page for more tips.
- Three (3) artworks per application.
- An entry fee of $50AUD must be paid.
Conditions of Entry
Bald Archy 2024 Conditions of Entry
- Applications must be submitted by 19/1/2024
- Artworks must be received by The Watson Art Centre at 1 Aspinall St Watson, ACT, 2602 by 19/01/2024. Please submit a hard copy of the entry form with each entry when delivered to The Watson Art Centre.
- Entries must not exceed 1000mm x 2000mm framed. One side must not exceed 1000mm.
- Example: 1200mm x 1000mm is acceptable, 1200mm x 1200mm is not acceptable.
- Entries must be suitably framed for hanging, with D-hooks. A stretched canvas is considered framed.
- Accepted mediums include paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.
- Sculptures are not accepted
- Digital art will not be accepted.
- Applicants are responsible for shipping costs for delivery of all entries and the return of unsuccessful and unsold entries.
- The Watson Art Centre will return unsuccessful entries at the applicants’ expense.
- At the end of the Tour, The Museum of the Riverina (MoR) will return unsold entries at the applicants’ expense.
- A non-refundable entry fee of $50AUD is to be paid upon application. This fee can include up to 3 artworks
- Entries must be clearly marked on the back of the artworks with the following:
- Applicant’s name
- Title of work
- When entries are sent to the venue, artworks must be accompanied by the Bald Archy Prize Entry form that includes:
- Applicants Name
- Contact details, including Postal and Email addresses and Telephone numbers
- ABN or Statement by Supplier
- Artwork title
- Medium (s)
- Dimensions (W & H)
- Sale or Reserve Price – The sale price for the Artwork must be inclusive of a 25% commission to be paid to the MOR. A reserve price may be appointed
- Artists’ description of the Artwork. (100 words or less)
- The applicant agrees to release the copyright of the work/s and permission to reproduce the work/s to the MoR for the following purposes:
- Critical review
- Promotion of the exhibition including online
- Catalogue of the exhibition
- Commercial and non-lending archive and reference
- Potential future publications by the MoR
- The winning entry will not be sold and will become the property of the MoR in exchange for the advertised monetary prize of $10,000AUD.
- Selected entries will tour for twelve (12) months following the initial exhibition launch.
- All entries selected by the MoR must be available for sale at the conclusion of the touring exhibition.
- Following the completion of the exhibition tour, entries will be made available for sale until a set date, to be determined by the MoR.
- Applicants must nominate a sale price at time of application, inclusive of a 25% commission paid to the MOR. (see 9i)
- Where there are multiple prospective purchasers, sale of the entry will be decided by ballot.
- Unsold entries will be returned to applicants at the applicants’ expense (see 6b)
- All reasonable care will be taken with submitted works, however the MoR and exhibiting organisations will not be responsible for loss or damage to any work.
- All judging decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.