Footscray Art Prize

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The Footscray Art Prize gives artists from across the country an exciting opportunity to promote their art practice in a professional platform and bring their art to life in the vibrant arts community of central Footscray in Melbourne’s inner west, as well as a share in $28,000 worth of prizes.
It contributes to Footscray's reputation as a thriving cultural hub that supports and fosters the arts, and provides an opportunity to celebrate this artistic vibrancy and creativity. The Footscray Art Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive visual art prize for contemporary artworks across multiple platforms and disciplines.

2021 Prize Results

Congratulations to all 39 of the artists shortlisted for the Footscray Art Prize! The exhibition, selected from over 830 entries, runs at Footscray Community Arts Centre and VU at MetroWest until Saturday 5 June.

Northern Territory based artist Lee Harrop has been awarded the $10,000 Footscray Art Prize for her sculptural work And this, too, shall pass, which interrogates the mining industry using a hand-engraved core sample.

A new category, the $10,000 Local Artist Acquisition Prize, has also been awarded to Sunshine-based artist Simon Clark for his work Gaskin Gardens. The impact of the pandemic on our communities is a strong theme in the exhibition, and Clark’s intricately layered collage reflects on the confinement that many commission housing residents experienced during lockdown. The artwork will be acquired into Maribyrnong City Council’s art collection.

The $5,000 Street Art Prize, was awarded to Macedon resident Emma Coulter. Her mural, to be installed in the next few weeks, will attempt to create a ‘window’ between the community and FCAC. Ahmad Sabra and Scotty So also received a residency with FCAC as part of the new Emerging Artist category.

The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between Victoria University, Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Rotary Club of Footscray. 

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