This annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University.

One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 and become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. The winner will be announced at the opening of a six week exhibition of finalists' works.



Monday 2 May, 2022


Friday 1 July, 2022


Friday 29 July, 2022


Tuesday 30 August, 2022


Wednesday 7 September, 2022


Friday 21 October, 2022


Tuesday 25 October, 2022


  1. There is no entry fee for this award.

  2. Entry open within Australia only. No International entries accepted.

  3. This is an acquisitive award for free-standing sculptures. The sculpture cannot be hung from a wall or ceiling, and if supported by a stand then the height of the stand is to be included in the height of the sculpture. (This does not include a plinth, or other object that the work may ultimately be displayed on).

  4. The sculpture must be no more than 70 cm in any dimension, this includes the height, width, depth and diagonal. The sculpture may include multiple parts but not extend outside of the dimension requirements.

  5. The sculpture must be not more than 30 kilograms in weight (including any stand required to support the work). The sculptures can be in any medium but must be free- standing.

  6. Finalists will be selected by the judging panel consisting of Leanne Willis, Senior Manager, Art Collection and Galleries, Deakin University, and two arts industry representatives.

  7. One outstanding entry will be awarded $10,000 by the judging panel. The award- winning sculpture will become part of the Deakin University Art Collection.

  8. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence or conversation will be entered into regarding any decision made by the judging panel.

  9. The People’s Choice sculpture is awarded $1,000 and does not become part of the Deakin Collection.

  10. Artists short listed for the prize will be invited to exhibit their entries from Wednesday 7 September to Friday 21 October, 2022 at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus. The winner will be chosen from the finalists' exhibition and announced at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday 7 September. The winner will be notified if not in attendance at the opening.

  11. Exhibited works cannot be for sale but if enquiries are made by members of the public they will be put in contact with the artist concerned or their nominated representative.

  12. Only one entry per individual or joint entrant.

  13. Each entry may be accompanied by up to four digital images.

  14. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and made within 12 months prior to the date of entry.

  15. Finalists’ work must be delivered to the Deakin University Art Gallery on Tuesday 30 August between 10 am and 4 pm. Works will not be accepted at any other time unless by prior arrangement with the Art Collection and Galleries Unit.

  16. Sculptures will be weighed and measured on arrival at the gallery. Any works not meeting the size and weight requirements may be exhibited in the finalists' exhibition at the discretion of the exhibition organisers but will not be eligible for judging.

  17. Works need to be collected between 10 am and 4 pm on Tuesday 25 October, 2022. Works cannot be removed at any other time unless by prior arrangement with the Art Collection and Galleries Unit.

  18. All entries selected for exhibition must be available for continuous display at the Gallery for the period of the exhibition. Artists and/ or their representatives cannot remove an artwork from display prior to Friday 21 October, 2022.

  19. Freight to and from Deakin University and transit insurance are the responsibility of the entrants. Deakin University will insure the works while they are on display to the value listed on the entry form.

  20. By completing the entry form and entering the work, the entrant warrants that the work is the sole and unencumbered property of the entrant and that there are no inhibitions or restrictions upon title passing to Deakin University in the event that the work is selected as the winner.

  21. Deakin University reserves the right to reproduce images of the exhibition finalists as individual and/or group images for archival, internal cataloguing, or advertising and promotion (both in print and electronic) of the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.

  22. Deakin University reserves the right to cancel or postpone the award and exhibition without explanation.

  23. Entries close Friday 1 July, 2022.

  24. Employees of Deakin and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter this award.

  25. All personal information gathered on the entry form will be used solely for the purpose of promoting and administering the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award. The University treats personal information held by it in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act (2014). You have a right to access your personal information held by Deakin University. Requests for access to personal information are managed under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). The University’s information privacy policy may be viewed at deakin.edu.au/theguide or by contacting the Privacy Officer at privacy@ deakin.edu.au.

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Artist’s declaration

I understand and accept the conditions of entry and certify that the work entered is my sole and original work and my sole and unencumbered property and that there are no inhibitions or restrictions upon my passing ownership in the work to Deakin University and I hereby irrevocably agree and undertake to transfer (and by completing this Declaration do hereby transfer) all my right, title and interest in and to my work to Deakin University in the event that my work is chosen as the winner. I also confirm that the work was made within the previous twelve months of signing.

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