9 August - 1 September


Gallery M Open Contemporary
Art Prize 2019

An exhibition of selected finalists artworks in various media,
with over $4.500 in prize

This is the fourth year of the Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize, providing an exciting opportunity for South Australian artists to exhibit their work. The art prize exhibition is an initiative of Gallery M and Jarrah J. Holmes of Century 21 Bayside Brighton, and is open to all artists aged over 18 years living and working in South Australia. The exhibition is a SALA Festival event.

This year’s exhibition was collaboratively judged by three independent arts professionals, who had the difficult task of choosing the finalists from a record amount of almost 180 entries. The thirty four selected artworks are innovative works in a range of media. Entry to the exhibition was via a pre-selection process, with the judging panel selecting artworks from digital images submitted. Final judging is in Gallery M prior to the exhibition launch, and the prizes will be presented to the winning artists on the opening night Friday 9 August.

Through generous donations the Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize is offering non-acquisitive prizes to the value of over $4,500.

Gallery M thanks our sponsors for providing prize money and additional funds for administration costs, and acknowledge the valuable in-kind support given by Centreprint, Patritti Wines and the Marion Cultural Centre.

Major Prize: $3,000    donated by Jarrah J. Holmes, Century 21 Bayside Brighton

$500* Ian Willding Emerging Artist Prize

$500 Warradale Hotel Prize

$500 (voucher)    Splashout Art Studios Award

$200 (voucher)    Premier Art Supplies Prize

*This prize is in the memory of Ian Willding, (1954-2016), funded by donations from his many friends and colleagues.

As well as paintings and drawings, there is photography, textiles, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking and digital artwork. A glossy, professionally-printed booklet, featuring all the finalists’ artwork will be available to purchase.