Held every two years, the national Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions of new work by Australian artists under the age of 40 working in any medium, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound, digital and live art.

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and supported in perpetuity by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the $100,000 acquisitive visual arts prize aims to support and encourage contemporary Australian artists to make their best work at a pivotal moment in their career.

Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel. In 2019 the Ramsay Art Prize judges include Russell Storer, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery of Singapore, Richard Lewer, contemporary artist, and Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

All works selected as finalists will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 25 May to 25 August 2019. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced at the official opening on Friday 24 May 2019. The winning work will be acquired into the Art Gallery’s collection.

Inaugural 2017 Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos says, ‘Winning the prize reasserted my position as an artist and it gave my practice a huge boost in confidence. All artists want their work and dedication to their craft to be acknowledged.’

The 2019 Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition will include a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsor Lipman Karas. The People’s Choice Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 chosen by a public vote.

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