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Hutchins Art Prize 2015

Entries for the 2015 Hutchins Art Prize are now closed. The Hutchins Art Prize is a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific Rim and offers a first prize of $20,000.

2015 is the fourteenth year of the Hutchins Art Prize. Its evolution from humble beginnings in 1997 to a major national award has been most rewarding. A dramatic increase in entries has occurred over the years. Read about the history of the Hutchins Art Prize and view the works of past winners

2015 Hutchins Art Prize Award Winners

Hutchins Art Prize: Rosemary O’Rourke for ‘Cloth Drawing’ ($20,000, acquisitive) 

Falconer Advisers Award: Locust Jones for ‘A Week in the Life of the World 30 Jan to 5 Feb 2015’ ($2,000)

Artery Student Award: Lily Ward for ‘Left and Right Creation Story’ ($1,000)

Tasmanian Coffee Roasters’ People’s Choice Award: Eamonn Jackson for ‘Shadowland’ ($1,000)

The awards were presented by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania at the Hutchins Art Prize Gala Opening in the Long Gallery on the evening of Monday 7 September 2015.  300 invited guests attended and were enthusiastic in their admiration of the exhibition’s outstanding quality.

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2015 dates

  • Entries close  Friday 29 May
  • Pre-selection  Monday 1 June – Monday 6 July
  • Finalists notified by  Friday 10 July
  • Works to The Hutchins School  Friday 4 September
  • Announcement of winners  Monday 7 September
  • Exhibition  Tuesday 8 September – Sunday 20 September
  • Collection of works  Monday 21 September

Judges and judging criteria

  • Raymond Arnold – Artist, Director of LARQ Gallery and Studio, Queenstown, Tasmania
  • Jacqui Stockdale – Artist, winner of the Hutchins Art Prize in 1998

Finalist in the Hutchins Art Prize will, in the opinion of the judges, extend the creative possibilities of working on paper. Their work will exhibit conceptional strength and demonstrate excellence.


All entries are to be works on paper. Submissions for the award must be original pieces completed since 1 January 2012 and executed by the artist whose name appears on the entry form. Works previously exhibited in works on paper awards and competitions are ineligible.

Dimensions of works in final exhibition

Any wall-mounted work to be included in the final exhibition is to be no greater than 250cm in height or width, and 50cm in depth. Any three dimensional work to be included in the final exhibition is to have a maximum footprint of 1 metre squared. Its longest dimensions must not exceed 250cm.

Submission details

Artists must submit with their entry form:

  • a non-refundable entry fee of $45 (including GST);
  • a one page A4 CV summarising their current biographical and exhibition details; and
  • a maximum of two images of the work (TIF or JPG files, maximum 5MB), submitted on CD or electronically. Mark all CDs with the artist’s name and the title of the work.

Entries must be received by 5.00 pm Friday 29 May 2015.

Artists please note

Submit a clear image of your work. With complex or large entries, an extra detail study may assist the judges to read the work more accurately. It is recommended that you engage a competent photographer to produce the submission image. Selection of your work as a finalist will depend on the impact of your image.

Pre-selection and final judging

The judges will select approximately sixty finalists who will be invited to send their works to Hobart for inclusion in the Hutchins Art Prize exhibition where judging will take place.

Finalists will be notified of their selection by Friday 10 July 2015. Finalists’ works must arrive at The Hutchins School by 4.00 pm on Friday 4 September 2015 or be delivered directly to the Long Gallery on Friday 4 September. 

Works must be either framed or otherwise prepared for exhibition and be labelled with title and the artist’s name and address. Any works damaged during transit may not be presented for judging. The decision of the judges will be final.

Finalists’ exhibition

The finalists’ exhibition was held at The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart 8–20 September 2015. 

The fine print

Reproduction of works

Artists whose works are selected for exhibition shall allow their works to be reproduced in all official printed and promotional material linked to the Hutchins Art Prize and they shall also allow the reproduction of their works for the fair purpose of study and/or review. The rights herein given to The Hutchins School are limited and non-exclusive.


A prize of $20,000 will be awarded to the winning work which will become the property of The Hutchins Foundation Ltd without further payment to the artist.

The Falconer Advisers’ Award, a non-acquisitive prize of $2,000, will be awarded as the Judges’ Special Commendation to the work that most successfully extends the discipline of making art on paper.

Please note interstate winners of the Hutchins Art Prize or the Falconer Advisers’ Award will be flown to Hobart to receive their awards in person. They will be accommodated for one night.

The Artery Student Award, $1,000 worth of art materials donated by Artery, will be awarded to the best entry from a student. For the purposes of the Hutchins Art Prize, a student must be enrolled as a full or part-time post-secondary undergraduate or Masters student at a recognised art college or school.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a cheque for $1,000.


The insurance of works in transit and while at the exhibition venue will be the responsibility of the artist. Works will be unpacked and later repacked with due care in the packaging they arrived in. Works will be exhibited according to artists’ instructions with due care exercised at all times. The Hutchins Foundation Ltd or its agents will accept no liability for loss and/or damage arising from the repacking of works, or loss and/or damage during transit.


The cost of freight to and from Hobart is the responsibility of the artists. The Hutchins School will make every effort to secure a favourable freight arrangement with a chosen carrier. Finalists will be given details.


Artists who sell their works at the exhibition will be charged a 30% commission.

Collection of works

Works not dispatched as freight must be removed from the exhibition venue between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm on Monday 21 September 2015 or from the School on Tuesday 22 September 2015 between 8.00 am and 4.30 pm.


GST applies to the Hutchins Art Prize where relevant.
The Hutchins Foundation Ltd
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Further information

Tel (03) 6221 4215


The organising committee thanks the official sponsors of the 2015 Hutchins Art Prize

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