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Image: Lesley Turnbull, Untitled from Skins 2018 series, 2018 finalist and award recipient

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Australia Post

Australia's leading queer art award - submissions for the 2019 art prize are now closed.

Submissions for the 2020 festival open in September 2019.

Since its inauguration in 2016 the Midsumma and 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 non-acquisitive annual award is a survey of outstanding queer artists working across mediums reflecting their potent personal and political perspectives on the world.

With a prize pool valued over $10,000, the art prize is open nation-wide to artists in any medium. Finalists are exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery from 22 January to 3 February 2019 as part of Midsumma Festival.

Judges of the Major Award of $5000 include Francis Parker (MUMA), Madé Spencer-Castle (Centre for Contemporary Photography) and Gary Starr (Australia Post's Executive General Manager, Business and Government; and PostPride Executive Sponsor). The Star Observer Award of $1000 returns in 2019; and Midsumma is excited to introduce the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Residency Award (includes an artist fee, residency opportunity and public outcome). Throughout the exhibition visitors to the No Vacancy Gallery can vote for the $1000 People's Choice Award.

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

Read on to learn about submitting for the award, or go to 2019 Midsumma and Australia Post Art Prize for details about the 2019 Midsumma Festival exhibition. 


2019 Events

19 Jan — 10 Feb 2019
  • Dan Murphy's
  • NAB
  • City of Melbourne
  • AGL
  • PwC
  • Corrs
  • Jetstar