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Emerging Artist Award 2024

16 July - 27 July

16 – 27 July 2024

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the finalists for the Emerging Artist Award 2024:

Amanda Freestone
Amanda Tonkin-Hill
Amelia Lynch
Andrew Gurman
Ayah Zakout
Cam Summers
Dani Watson
Felix Oliver
Geraldine Richards
Guste Sakalauskaite
Holly Block
Jacinta Anne Maude
Jessica Row
Jonabelle Cogan
Kat Rae
Leila Frijat
Louis Dickins
Lucy Crowe
Martin Claydon
Mary Nguyen
Melanie Sky
Michael Kemp
Nadine Schmoll
Nani Puspasari
Pilar de la Torre
Rebecca Jones
Sophie Baker
Tashi Columbro
Vittoria Cugno

The Emerging Artist Award at fortyfivedownstairs is a proven catalyst for ongoing recognition and professional development and allows audiences the privilege of accessing early-career works by exciting emerging artists. Entry is open to anyone in an early stage of their career wishing to submit a work that has not previously been exhibited in another art prize.

A $3000 prize pool will be awarded to two submissions that best explore our engagement with the natural and built environment, interrogates familial relationships through sensory experiences, and challenges our very sense of identity.
As well, the People’s Choice Award will give audiences the chance to vote for their favourite work. The winner is the recipient of a prize pack of artist supplies that has been kindly sponsored by Jasco.

The finalists’ works will be shown in the fortyfivedownstairs gallery from 16th to 26th July 2024.

FREE entry for First Nations people, contact [email protected].

The Emerging Artist Award is made possible by the generous support of The Cuming Bequest.

The Emerging Artist Award 2024 is also proudly supported by Bambra Press and Wonki.


Q. My form won’t be accepted, why?
A. Have you filled out all of the required fields? Required fields are indicated by an asterisk: *
A. Is the image that you are trying to upload too large? Image files must be 2MB or less and in JPEG format (file extensions .jpg or .jpeg are acceptable). If you are unable to resize your image to a smaller size, you can upload another small file image that you have available and email us the correct image which we can update for you.

Q. Can I enter a painting that has been exhibited in another art prize?
A. No, works that have been exhibited in a previous award or prize are ineligible.

Q. Is there a theme?
A. No there is not. You can enter a work of any theme.

Q. Is there a minimum or maximum size for the artworks?
A. No

Q. How do I know if I have filled out the form successfully?
A. Once your form has been submitted online, you will automatically receive an email confirming your entry form.

Q. I made a mistake on my entry form, how do I update this?
A. Please email fortyfivedownstairs ([email protected]) with your changes and this will be amended on your form for you.

Q. How will I find out if my application has been successful?
A. All applicants (successful or not) will be notified by 18 June 2024 via email. If you have not received an email from us by this date, please check your spam folder in case it has been diverted there or contact us. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a letter to the postal address provided or a phone call.


16 July
27 July
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03 9662 9966


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