Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Australia Post.

Championing outstanding queer contemporary artists

Since its inauguration in 2016 the Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize has quickly established itself as an important award in the ecology of the arts. With finalists selected from across the country, the event is a survey of outstanding queer artists reflecting their potent personal and political perspectives on the world.

With a prize pool of $6000, this is a nation-wide non-acquisitive annual award open to early-career and established artists working in any medium.

Finalists are exhibited during Midsumma Festival 2018 at No Vacancy, QV Gallery.

Midsumma are delighted to present this event as part of our ongoing partnership with Australia Post. Celebrating diversity is a core value of Australia Post. They are committed to supporting their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) employees and driving positive change to create more inclusiveness not just throughout their workforce but throughout the wider community.

Submissions open late October 2017

Key Dates

Submissions open: late Oct 2017
Submissions close: 7 December 2017
Finalists notified and announced: late December 2017
Install: 22 – 23 January
Exhibition Opening and Awards Announced: 24 January 6pm
Exhibition: 25 January – 4 February
Artist Talk: 1 February 5:30pm
De-install: 4 February 5 – 11pm

Previous Finalists

Winners of the 2017 Midsumma Australia Art Prize

Australia Post Art Prize: J. Rosenbaum
Midsumma Art Prize, donated by Martin Foley MP, Member for Albert Park, Minister for Equality: Rafaella McDonald
Star Observer Prize: Natalie Jeantou
People's Choice Award: Dalton Stewart

Finalists of the 2017 Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize

John Brooks | Rochelle Duke | Lauren Dunn | Léuli Eshraghi | Emma Ferguson | Goldie | Brent Harrison | Justin Hinder | Selwyn Hoffmann | Natalie Jeantou | Jessica Johnson | Natasha Madden | Rafaella McDonald | Jimmy Nuttall | Rachel Jessie-Rae O'Connor | Mark Payne | J. Rosenbaum | Dalton Stewart

Finalists of the inaugural 2016 Australia Post Art Prize

Adam James David Anderson | Megan Beckwith | Alison Bennett | Daniel Burke | William Eicholtz | Emma Ferguson | Ying Huang | Jessica K | Matto Luca | Jake Preval | Frances Sergi | Issie Soudy

Image: In Stride by Mark Payne, 2017 award finalist.