Submissions Open | Emerging Artist Award 2021 at fortyfivedownstairs

After a break in 2020, fortyfivedownstairs is excited to announce that the sixth annual Emerging Artist Award is back for 2021! 

Submissions are open to emerging Australian visual artists whose work exemplifies innovation and originality across a range of media, from cutting-edge artistic practices to new takes on traditional styles.  

A selection of works will be chosen for a two-week exhibition from 22 June - 3 July 2021 held across our two gallery spaces at 45 Flinders Lane, and for the first time, artworks will also be featured in an online exhibition and catalogue. A $3000 pool of prize money will be awarded by a special guest judge to the two submissions that best align with the award criteria. 

After 5 years of the Emerging Artist Award, exhibition alumni continue to impress with their ongoing professional development and career successes, and we’re proud of the opportunities fortyfivedownstairs has fostered through this exciting initiative.    

At fortyfivedownstairs we showcase independent, experimental and thought-provoking visual art. #EAA21 is an opportunity to examine developing trends in the contemporary art scene while allowing emerging artists to gain exposure in a professional setting and kick-start their careers. 

Submission Deadline: Sunday 16 May 2021, 5pm 
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 22 June – Saturday 3 June 2021 


Tuesday 20 April, 2021
Sunday 16 May, 2021
Venue Address
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Melbourne ,

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