NOW Contemporary Art Prize is a Biennial Visual Arts prize exhibited at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. The prize aims to inspire artists to consider contemporary art as more than something created recently, and to reflect on the ways contemporary art has, and continues to, push boundaries and comment on our world and the artist’s place in it.

2019 will be the fourth time the prize is held and will be the biggest to date, with a $10,000 non-acquisitive first prize. Artists across Australia are invited to submit works in any media. The prize is judged by a panel of representatives from the Arts, with finalists being exhibited at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Nowra from 5 October – 23 November 2019.

This year’s selected artworks will respond to the exhibition theme "pushes boundaries, responds to our world, is dynamic and personal"

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Entrants to the Prize must be 16 years or over and a permanent resident of Australia. An entry fee of $40 per entry ($30 for JBBArts Members) applies.

Entries are open for artworks in any style or medium. Artists are required to read the Terms and Conditions, and to supply a short statement with each entry that reflects on how the work responds to the theme of the prize.

The online entry form must be completed for a valid entry and should include up to three images of the artwork. Please read the ‘How to Enter’ document for more information.