The Institute of Modern Art and Churchie are excited to announce the call for entries for the churchie emerging art prize 2022.

Early-career artists from across Australia are invited to enter via between 11 March and 11 April 2022. Selected artists will exhibit their work in the finalists’ exhibition at the IMA 30 July–1 October 2022.

Now in its 35th year, and fourth year at the IMA, the prize is recognised as an important leg-up, identifying and profiling emerging artists on a national stage. Since 1987 the prize has platformed multiple generations of artists, many of whom have gone on to be leading figures in contemporary art nationally and internationally.

‘the churchie’ offers a $25,000 prize pool, with the Major Prize winner will taking home $15,000 thanks to long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture. Also offered is a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000 is sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, and two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be awarded at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.

The finalists’ work will be exhibited at the internationally respected Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The curated exhibition provides a snapshot of emerging artists’ practices from across Australia, surveying the breadth and diversity of contemporary art being produced today.

Entries open 11 March 2022. Subscribe to ‘the churchie’ and IMA social media channels and e-newsletter for the latest updates and reminders.

Open to:
  • Early-career artists
  • Australian citizens and residents
  • All ages (18+)
  • Artists working in any visual art medium
  • Unrepresented and represented artists
Application Process:


  • Up to 5 images/videos of artworks produced within the last 2 years (images max 5mb each, videos to be hosted externally on Vimeo, YouTube or similar)
  • An artist statement (300 words max)
  • A summary of your artistic career (300 words max)
  • Finalists will be selected based on the strength of practice as a whole by the pre-selection panel which includes a representative from Churchie, IMA, the guest curator, and an external curator from a respected institution
  • Once selected, finalists will work with the curator to determine what will be shown in the finalists’ exhibition
Key Dates:

Call for entries: 11 March–11 April 2022
Finalists’ exhibition at IMA: 30 July–1 October 2022
Official opening and prize announcement: 2 September 2022