Am I eligible to enter?

Entry is open to living artists of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Entrants must be:

  • aged 18 years or older; and

  • citizens of Australia or have held permanent Australian resident status for at least 12 months preceding the Entry Close Date.


In order to be eligible to win the King & Wood Mallesons NSW Local Artist Award, the Artist must belong to a New South Wales clan or custodian group.

Is my artwork eligible?

To qualify as an Eligible Artwork, the artwork must:

  • be an original, complete and dry work of the Artist that is owned by the Artist;

  • have been created within the previous 12 months before the Entry Close Date and, preferably, not previously exhibited;

  • suitable for exhibition and display in public places;

  • be no larger than 2 metres x  2 metres; and

  • be a wall hung 2 or 3 dimensional artwork. The artwork can be a photograph, painting, drawing, printmaking work, acrylic glass, work on metal, work on bark, mixed media, canvas or framed artwork. No artworks in the form of digital media will be accepted.


For more detailed information for different styles, please visit the Terms & Conditions.

How do I enter?

  1. Complete the Expression of Interest Form (EOI) here

  2.  Submit the EOI, together with a photo of the Artist and a good quality, high resolution image of the Eligible Artwork (in hard copy, electronically on a CD, USB, or as an email attachment) to KWM by:

  • email to;
    Attention: Amy Lillas; or

  • post to King & Wood Mallesons,
    Level 61 Governor Phillip Tower,
    1 Farrer Place,
    Sydney NSW 2000;
    Attention: Amy Lillas

Is there a limit on the number of entries I can submit?

There is a limit of one entry per Artist. Each Artist may submit one Eligible Artwork either as an individual Artist or as a collaboration of several Artists responsible for one Eligible Artwork.

When do I need to submit my EOI by?

The competition commences Monday 21 May 2018 and closes at midnight AEDT on 23 July 2018 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received by KWM during the Entry Period. Entries received after midnight on 23 July 2018 (“Entry Close Date”) will not be accepted.


For all key dates, click here.

How are finalists decided and when will I be notified?

This competition is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. All entries will be judged individually on their merits based on how well they satisfy the definition of being a “Contemporary ATSI Artwork of the highest standard”.

The first round of judging for selection of the Eligible Artworks will take place on 24 July 2018. Between 30 and 50 of the best valid entries (“Finalists”), as determined by the judges, will be each be displayed at the King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Exhibition.


The finalists will be notified on or before 27 July 2018.

When/where will my artwork be displayed?

If you are named a finalist, your artwork will be part of an exhibition displayed from September 5 – 27 in the NSW Parliament’s Fountain Court including the Reconciliation Wall.

If your artwork wins one of the three prizes or receives a Highly Commended award, it will travel to each of the King & Wood Mallesons’ offices around Australia and be displayed there for a period of up to 6 months following the closure of the exhibition in the NSW Parliament’s Fountain Court.


These FAQs are a summary only. You should refer to the Terms & Conditions which are binding.

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