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Ellen Jose Art Award for young women


Female artists aged 18–35 are invited to enter the Ellen José Art Award, a $15,000 non-acquisitive award.

What is the Ellen José Art Award?

Ellen José (1951-2017) was a pioneer in Australia's urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner.

The Ellen José Memorial Foundation is providing a $15,000 non-acquisitive award to a female visual artist aged 18-35 years working in any medium. Managed by Bayside Gallery, the Ellen José Art Award is a partnership between the Foundation and Bayside City Council and aims to provide support to young female artists in the early stages of their career.

The award is given in the hope that it will support the winning artist’s continued development by providing recognition as well as a financial boost. All finalists will receive an artist fee and have the opportunity for their work to be professionally presented in an exhibition with an accompanying publication.

Who can enter?

Female artists aged 18–35 working in any medium. Artists are invited to enter images of multiple works for consideration, and there is scope for an artist to propose new works as part of their submission.

It is free to enter the award.

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What's the timeline?

  • Friday 27 August 2021 (5pm): Closing date for entries
  • End September 2021: Announcement of the shortlisted artists
  • October 2021 – May 2022: Development of work
  • Late June 2022: Delivery of artwork
  • Saturday 2 July: Exhibition Opening and announcement of winner
  • Sunday 28 August 2022: Exhibition closes

What's the process for selecting finalists?

Six finalists will be selected from the entries and an exhibition of their works will take place in 2022 at the Bayside Gallery. All finalists will receive an artist fee of $3,000. Travel and accommodation costs will be provided to assist finalists to attend the exhibition opening and announcement.

There is no theme and artworks in any medium will be considered. Bayside Gallery Curator, Joanna Bosse, will select the 6 finalists and work with them to present a body of work. Artists will be allocated 6-8 running meters or 5 x 4 square metres exhibiting space. The judges will decide the winner of the award based on the work in the exhibition.

Who are the judges?

Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Professor Marcia Langton AM, Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne

Enter the Ellen José Art Award