Kinimathatakinta/George Town Art Prize

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The George Town Council extends an invitation to individuals 18 and above living or working within the municipality to participate in the inaugural Kinimathatakinta/George Town Art Prize. This is a new initiative aimed at celebrating local talent and cultural diversity in George Town and its surroundings. We are inviting artists from our community to showcase their work, reflecting the rich array of artistic expression in our area. More than just an exhibition, the Kinimathatakinta/George Town Art Prize is a platform for connection and dialogue, offering opportunities for artists and residents to come together and appreciate the creativity that thrives in our region.

Two of the winning artworks will become a prized addition to the George Town Council Art Collection, enjoying prominent display across various council spaces. Join us as we launch this exciting venture and celebrate the artists who enrich our community with their talent and vision.

This title of this prize is in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

Further Information: Emily-Rose Wills,, (03) 6382 8800

Key Dates for Applicants:

  • Entries Open: Sunday, 7 April 2024
  • Entries Close: Sunday, 19 May 2024
  • Judges Announced: Tuesday, 28 May 2024
  • Finalists Advised: Monday, 3 June 2024
  • Finalists Announced Publicly: Friday, 7 June 2024
  • Deadline for Artwork Delivery: Monday, 17 June 2024
  • Exhibition Opening and Winners Announced: Friday, 21 June 2024 - Jim Mooney Gallery at 4pm
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday, 21 June 2024 - Monday, 29 July 2024
  • People’s Choice Award Announced: Thursday, 1 August 2024
  • Collect (Unacquired) Works: Friday, 2 August 2024



Kinimathatakinta/George Town Council Major Acquisitive Award — $4,000

Sponsored by George Town Council for a work in any medium that the judges consider the highest quality of all entries.

Kanamaluka Photographic Award — $1,000

Sponsored by Bell Bay Aluminium for a photographic work that the judges consider best captures the essence of Kanamaluka/Tamar River.

Emerging Artist Acquisitive Award — $1,000

Sponsored by George Town Council for a work that the judges consider best from an artist aged between 18-25 years old. 

Packing Room Prize Award — $500

Sponsored by Greg Dawson for a work judged by the staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries. Non-Acquisitive.

People’s Choice Award — $250

Sponsored by Bridget Archer MP - Federal Member for Bass for a work that receives the most votes from the viewing public at the conclusion of the exhibition. Non-Acquisitive.




  • Each artist may submit only one individual artwork.
  • Artists are required to include a high-resolution publication ready image of their artwork (preferably @300dpi, maximum 5MB size JPEG file) within their application.
  • Each entrant permits and authorises George Town Council to reproduce their artwork by print or electronic media for publicity purposes, reports, catalogues, and any other publications related to the exhibition. Appropriate credit will be given to the artist.


  • Open exclusively to those living or working in the George Town Municipality, aged 18 years or older.
  • All artworks entered must be original works executed by the artist whose name appears on the entry form.
  • Artworks must have been created within the past 12 months.
  • Artworks that have been previously exhibited are acceptable but must not have been exhibited in any previous awards or prizes.
  • Moving or projected digital media works are not eligible.
  • Works are to be no larger than 200 cm in any direction or must not exceed 100cm cubed.


  • Artworks must be delivered to the George Town Council offices between Thursday, 7 June and Monday, 17 June 2024.
  • Artworks must be collected by the end of August 2024.
  • Art works will not be for sale during the inaugural prize but may be for future prizes. If potential purchases express interest in purchasing your work, the George Town will put them in touch with the artist directly.
  • Selected artworks must be available to remain on display throughout the dates of the exhibition.
  • The winners of the acquisitional awards will become part of the George Town Council's collection.
  • All expenses related to submission, transportation to and from the gallery, and transit insurance, if selected for exhibition, are the responsibility of the artist.
  • The George Town Council usage rights to the winning artwork.
  • All artworks must be clearly labelled and must include their name, the title of the work, medium and the size or dimensions on the back of the artwork.
  • All artworks must be suitably framed with “D” rings attached to hang or otherwise prepared for display.
  • The George Town Council and the assessment committee reserves the right to decline works for exhibition if they are deemed unsuitable, unstable, dangerous, offensive, or fail to comply with the conditions of entry. Judges' decisions are final, and no correspondence or comments will be entertained.
  • The George Town Council will provide insurance for artworks during the installation, exhibition and de-install.


Sponsored by:

George Town Council, Bell Bay Aluminium, Bridget Archer MP - Federal Member for Bass and Greg Dawson.

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George Town Council acknowledges Palawa/Tasmanian Aboriginal people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the original owners of Lutruwita/Tasmania. We honour and give thanks for the caring of country, seas and skies of Kinimathatakinta/George Town and surrounds. We pay respect to the elders past and present for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Palawa people in Lutruwita/Tasmania