Entries for the 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards are now open, with a total of $20,000 in Acquisitive and Non-Acquisitive awards prizes available to emerging and established artists.

The Awards, which have become an annual event on the City’s calendar, will be inspired by the theme of Space in 2019.

Open to all artists, the Art Awards offer seven categories including Open, Emerging, Heritage, Indigenous, Local Resident, and Youth, with a new 3D category being introduced in 2019.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the awards would represent the rich cultural diversity of Western Australia.People viewing the artworks at last year’s opening night.

“The City’s annual Art Awards provide artists both young and old with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their creative talents,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Whether it is making space for a home, a space for thought or a space for sharing with family and friends, artists in the 2019 Art Awards are invited to show us what space means to them.”

2019 Art Award curator Jude Van der Merwe said one of the first things noticeable about Rockingham was its sense of space.

“The flat terrain, the calm ocean and massive skies, all combine to create space,” Ms Van der Merwe said.

“There is a sense that we can see further, are closer to where the ocean meets the sky, the sky meets the land, the land touches the seas.”

Selected artwork will be exhibited at the Gary Holland Community Centre and Rockingham Arts Centre from Saturday 4 May 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

Entries for the Art Awards close 4pm on Friday 22 February 2019.

Visit City of Rockingham Art Awards Page for more information or to enter the awards.

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