You don't have to be an artist to express yourself.

Entries open 9am Monday 21 August.

About GSA's Art Prize

The GSA Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition of works by graduate students. 

Submissions will be exhibited in the Gryphon Gallery for all to see, and the winners will be declared by three judges. Entries will be evaluated for creativity and originality.

The first prize is sponsored by the Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL) and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA). The winning entry of the competition will become the property of the sponsors, CMCL and IPRIA.

A popular vote will also decide the "People's Choice" winner for a prize of their own.

Prize money for 2017

1st prize $1500 cash           
2nd prize $500 cash  
3rd prize $250 cash  
People's choice winner $250 cash  

Deadlines for 2017

Submissions open Monday 21 August (9am)
Submissions close Friday 15 September (2pm)
Exhibition period Tuesday 3 Oct to Friday 6 Oct
Award ceremony Thursday 5 October



  • Entrants must be enrolled graduate students of the University of Melbourne.
  • VCA students who are undertaking art-related study are welcome to enter the competition, but they must be able to demonstrate how their submission is outside their field of expertise. To have a chance at winning the competition, you'll need to demonstrate what you can do outside your area of study.

What's it all about?

Submissions can only be 2D artworks on paper, such as paintings or illustrations.

THEME: Adaptation

For the best works on paper portraying a response to change and transformation.

Adaptation could engage with, but is not restricted to, the following broad themes:

  • Climate change
  • Social and technological innovation
  • Cultural and genetic evolution

Express yourself: The prize is all about giving graduate students a chance to express themselves outside their study discipline.

How to enter

  • Entries must be physically submitted at GSA Reception (G01) no later than 2pm Friday 15 September 2017.
  • Entries must be submitted using both the online Entry Form and a physical submission.
  • An entry is not completed until students have completed the online Entry Form and submitted the physical artwork to Reception. Attach a copy of the online form with the artwork, or finalise your entry with Reception staff.
  • Students must agree to the Terms and Conditions to be eligible.
  • Entries must be flat submissions (not rolled up). We also recommend framing submissions for best viewing results.
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