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"

NOW contemporary art prize logo

Entries Are Now Closed

NOW Contemporary will open at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery on Saturday 5th October.

Key Dates

  • Entries Open:

    1 March 2019

  • Entries Close:

    25 August 2019

  • Finalists Announced:

    9 September 2019

  • Exhibition 5 October - 23 November 2019

  • Winners Announced:

    5 October 2019

  • People's Choice Winner Announced:

    19 November 2019

Artwork by Meaghan Potter showing abstract sketch of a Red Brown Finch
Meaghan Potter 'The Lines between Recognising (Red Browed Finch)'