Established in 1987 the churchie emerging art prize is Australia’s longest running award for emerging artists. ‘the churchie’ is dedicated to promoting innovation and excellence across art encompassing all mediums and subjects. The annual non-acquisitive prize is an initiative of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie). Artists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition in a professional public gallery space, with the overall winner rewarded a $15,000 cash prize donated by long time sponsors BSPN Architecture
The prize offers professional development opportunities for emerging artists by showcasing their practice to peers, collectors, critics, museum curators, the media and the community at large. Finalists receive curatorial advice, networking and promotional opportunities, along with vital exposure on both a local and national stage.
Previous winners include Nadia Hernandez, Caroline Gasteen, Pierre Mukeba, Sarah Morawetz, Michaela Gleave, and more. The prize is judged by leading gallery directors and curators.