Visual Arts


There are several rewarding ways for visual artists to get involved with Midsumma Festival:

  1. Join the Midsumma-curated program:
    If you have a smaller body of work, or don't yet have the experience or funds to mount your own exhibition, then the Midsumma-curated Visual Arts Program is the perfect way to gain great exposure without having to worry about finding and negotiating an exhibition space or the costs and administration associated with that. Check out the Midsumma-curated Program on the next page for further details, and to register during the registration period (usually May to early September).
  2. Guide Cover Competition:
    The Guide Cover Competition aims to provide a platform for either new or established artists to showcase their work, relevant to the diverse gender and sexuality community, as part of our artist engagement strategy. This is an excellent way to gain valuable exposure, as well as win some great prizes. Check out the 2017 Guide Cover Competition for more background, or go to the Guide Cover Competition page to apply during the application period (usually May to early July).
  3. Australia Post Art Prize:
    The Australia Post Art Prize exhibition was a new initiative in 2016 to showcase the works of twelve highly talented finalists across diverse mediums such as film, sculpture, photography and painting. Following on from the amazing success of that, it is planned for the Australia Post Art Prize to be an annual event on the Midsumma calendar >> More Info. To see what the 2016 event produced, head to Australia Post Art Prize.

Registering your own exhibition:
Of course, if you are more experienced and would like to manage your own exhibition, you can simply register it as an open-access Midsumma event. That gives you the valuable marketing and publicity that Midsumma provides through our website, printed guide, advertising and sponsored exposure. Head to Event Registrations for complete details, and to register during the open-access event registration period (usually around August).