MAC launches yapang Emerging Art Prize

Published on 11 August 2021

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MAC is thrilled to announce the inaugural yapang Emerging Art Prize, a new national acquisitive prize.

The biennial prize has been developed to celebrate, promote and support emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country. Contending artworks will reflect each artists practice across all media and can take any form, including (without limitation) sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound digital, net or live art etc.

Lake Macquarie City Council and Create NSW have committed $15,000 to purchase the winning and highly commended works for the MAC yapang collection. The biennial prize will be showcased with a finalist exhibition at the Museum of Art and Culture yapang on Awabakal Country in Lake Macquarie NSW.

In addition to the great appeal of the finalist exhibition, this major acquisitive prize will signal ongoing development of MAC yapang’s collection, as an exhibition resource and community cultural asset. Through the yapang Emerging Art Prize, Lake Macquarie City acknowledges the vital role played by the Arts in the broader community and the importance in celebrating and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Islander artists.

Key Dates

  • Artwork must be completed between 22 October 2020 – 22 October 2021
  • Entries by digital submission close at 5:00 pm Friday 22 October 2021.
  • Finalist exhibition dates: 4 December 2021 – 20 February 2022.
  • Delivery of finalist exhibition artworks: from Monday 22 November to Wednesday 24 November
  • Announcement of the yapang Emerging Art Prize winner: 3 December 2021.

How to Apply

  • Digital entries must be submitted via SmartyGrants by 5pm Friday 22 October 2021 (AEST).
  • Late entries will not be accepted. Visit the SmartyGrants application page for more information.
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