Founder of the National Capital Art Prize Bob Stephens believes some of Australia’s best artists live in its regional and remote communities.

With 2021 being the first year of the competition, Bob is requesting involvement from these regional artists and made an effort to reach out to attract the artists of the Yass Valley.

Bob saw a need within the Australian art industry, for art competitions that are welcoming of all across the country and that reward the various skill sets of Australian artists.

“There is a need for a major National art prize that encompasses the whole of Australia.”

“This was a great opportunity and a great base to do it from,” he said.

Bob believes often these competitions make it difficult for regional artists to submit their work, and the coastal artists get an unfair advantage because of that.

“Rural artists don’t get the attention that the coastal artists get.”

“There are some wonderful artists out in rural areas but they just don’t get the coverage or exposure that people on the east coast do.”

“It’s a great opportunity for them to become a part of a major competition,” he said.

The competition has three categories; Open, First Nations and Landscape art, with a first placed finish in all three categories netting the respective recipient $15,000.

“The reason for having those separate prizes is that too often you have an art prize where there’s only one winner, and not everyone gets a chance to display their style,” said Bob.

Submissions have already opened and will remain open until the 1st of the July.

Entry into the competition costs $50 per piece or $30 for students, with further information on how to enter to be found at the National Capital Art Prize website.

Max O’Driscoll

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