A $100,000 art prize supporting contemporary Australian artists under 40.

Open to Australian artists under 40 working in any medium, the Ramsay Art Prize has redefined the way we think about art prizes.

Finalist works are selected by an eminent panel of judges and shown in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The winning work is judged from the exhibition and is acquired into the Gallery’s collection with the winning artist receiving $100,000, thanks to the generosity of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.

In 2021, the Ramsay Art Prize judges are Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Director of Programs at Carriageworks and Rebecca Evans, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at AGSA. 

The exhibition also includes a People’s Choice Prize worth $15,000, supported by sponsor Lipman Karas, and decided by public vote.

Entries for the Ramsay Art Prize 2021 close on 11 December 2020. Finalists will be announced in April 2021 and the winner announced on Friday 21 May 2021. The exhibition will be held from 22 May to 22 August 2021.​

Artist Enquiries

E ramsay@artgallery.sa.gov.au
T 8 8207 7097

Presented by
  • James & Diana Ramsay Foundation
People's Choice Prize
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Ramsay Art Prize 2021 entries are open from 10am on 11 September 2020 until 5pm on 11 December 2020. Please read the full terms and conditions and enter at the link above.

Entries to the Ramsay Art Prize must be contemporary as defined by the entrant. There are no restrictions on scale, medium or subject matter. All media refers to the type/form and presentation of the art to be judged, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound digital, net or live art.

An administration fee of $50 (inc. GST) is applicable. The administration fee is payable at the time of entry via Visa or Mastercard only.

Only one entry per person or collective is permitted.

Duos or art collectives are eligible to enter. Only one entry per solo, duo or collective will be accepted, which means artists must select whether they enter with an artwork from their solo practice or from their duo/collective practice, not both.

Entrants must be under the age of 40 years at submission deadline. Proof of age may be required.

Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, living in Australia as their main place of residence.

For the Ramsay Art Prize 2021, the entered work must be new or recent work, that is, the work must have been completed after 14 December 2019.

The following information will be required for your Ramsay Art Prize entry. Please note that it is not possible to save a partially completed entry and return to it at a later date. If you exit part way through the entry process any information you have entered will be lost.

  • Your Details
  • Details of Gallery representation (if relevant)
  • If the work has been exhibited before, exhibition venues, dates, title
  • Details of the work being entered (title, materials, dimensions / duration, date and place of completion)
  • Describe yourself as an artist (100 maximum words)
  • Describe materials and processes used in the work (100 maximum words)
  • Describe the ideas/themes you are exploring (100 maximum words)
  • Supporting media files (maximum of 3 with a minimum of 1 still image, JPEG or Tiff files are accepted, 300dpi, each file must not exceed 5 MB)
  • If your work is a video or sound file please make your file available for viewing on a website such as YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud. You will need this link address in your application. It is not possible to attach sound or video files to your entry.
  • Payment of the $50 entry fee is required as part of the entry process (Visa and Mastercard accepted)

The Ramsay Art Prize winning work will be acquired into the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection at no additional cost.

Ramsay Art Prize 2021 judges include Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Director of Programs at Carriageworks and Rebecca Evans, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at AGSA.

The winner will be announced at an invitation only event on Friday 21 May 2021.

The finalist exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia will be held from 22 May to 22 August 2021.​