Footscray Art Prize opening in 2017 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre

The Footscray Art Prize judging panel – made up of ACMI’s Katrina Sedgwick, ACCA’s Hannah Presley, and VCA’s Raafat Ishak – have selected the shortlisted artworks for the 2019 Prize, following a review of over 600 entries across three categories.

The judges were impressed by the quality of work they viewed.

“The volume of entries gave me a good insight into some of the exciting work being created across the country and led to an enjoyable discussion with my co-judges,” Hannah Presley, Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art said.

Thirty-three artworks from across Australia were shortlisted in the Footscray Art Prize main category, three in the Street Art category, and twenty-two in the Tertiary category. A range of mediums are represented, including a high number of contemporary sculptural and installation works.

“A highlight of the shortlist for me is the diverse materiality. Our selection is a dynamic offering that addresses themes of environment, place, identity and observation,” Hannah continued.

Shortlisted artworks go into the running for a total cash prize pool of $17,500, including the coveted $10,000 main prize.

The Footscray Art Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive visual arts prize open to local and national artists across multiple disciplines.

It represents a significant overview of Australia’s contemporary art scene, contributing to Footscray’s reputation as a thriving cultural hub that supports and fosters the arts and celebrates artistic vibrancy and creativity.

The shortlisted works will be available for viewing at exhibitions being held at Footscray Community Arts Centre and VU at MetroWest.

Both exhibitions will be open from 20 June – 20 July, with the winner of each category announced during the opening night.


Opening night

Tertiary Art Prize and Young Artists Prize

VU at MetroWest

5pm – 5:30pm

Footscray Art Prize and Street Art Prize

Footscray Community Arts Centre

6pm – 8pm

Both exhibitions will be on display until 20 July. 

The Footscray Art Prize is proudly presented by collaborating partners Victoria University, Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Rotary Club of Footscray, and is part of the Footscray University Town initiative. 

Shortlisted artists

Footscray Art Prize

  • Benjamin Aitken and Jon Cattapan VIC
  • Tim Brade VIC
  • Emma Bugg TAS
  • Renae Burton VIC
  • Andy Butler VIC
  • Patrick Dagg VIC
  • Julia deVille VIC
  • Megan Evans VIC
  • Tamirat Gebremariam VIC
  • Charlie Ingemar Harding VIC
  • David Hourigan VIC
  • Paula Hunt VIC
  • Bob Hutchison VIC
  • Elizabeth Kala Kala NT
  • Yasbelle Kerkow VIC
  • Alicia King VIC
  • Anna Kiparis VIC
  • Phong Chi Lai TAS
  • Adrian Lazzaro VIC
  • Nancy Lehet VIC
  • Anna Madeleine ACT
  • Craig Midford VIC
  • Lola-Mae Pink VIC
  • Michael G.F. Prior VIC
  • Ella Smart VIC
  • Samantha Sommariva VIC
  • Cezary Stulgis VIC
  • Jasmine Targett VIC
  • Louis Theuma VIC
  • Karen Thorn VIC
  • Shellie Tonkin VIC
  • Alan Young TAS
  • Myles Young NSW

Street Art Prize

  • Ling VIC
  • Creature Creature VIC
  • Justine McAllister VIC

Tertiary Prize

  • Klari Agar VIC
  • Prudence Bansemer VIC
  • Andre Bruzzese VIC
  • April Chandler VIC
  • Jessica Coombs VIC
  • Ceardai Demelza VIC
  • Mark du Potiers QLD
  • Fiz Eustance VIC
  • Michal Goldberg VIC
  • Tom Goodman VIC
  • Tameka Hague VIC
  • Letisha Hirniak VIC
  • Lewis Ihnatko NSW
  • Natasha Krcevinac VIC
  • Alessando Licul VIC
  • Leah Mariani VIC
  • Nigel Matejcic QLD
  • Claudia Phares VIC
  • Daniel Sherington QLD
  • Yara Ueltschi VIC
  • Holly Watson VIC
  • Leon Zhan VIC

Contact us

Katrina Gubbins
Engagement Communications Coordinator
Footscray University Town
+61 3 9919 5130