Moreton Bay Region Art Prize

Moreton Bay Region Art Prize

The Moreton Bay Region Art Prize is an annual exhibition and prize that supports and celebrates local artists.

Entries for the 2023 Moreton Bay Region Art Prize and Outdoor Gallery are now open.

Entry is free and open to local residents and First Nations people who identify as Kabi Kabi, Turrbal or Jinibara Traditional Custodian groups but live off Country.

The prize pool totals $10,000 with a non-acquisitive prize of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place and $500 for the People's Choice Award. The exhibition of finalists will be held at Pine Rivers Art Gallery from Saturday 3 June to Saturday 19 August 2023.

This prize is for entrants aged 18 years and over. Artists under the age of 18 are encouraged to check out the Moreton Bay Region Youth Art Awards.

As part of the 2023 Moreton Bay Region Art Prize, there is an opportunity for six artists to have their work exhibited in the Outdoor Gallery, with works being displayed across the region.

Apply now.

Outdoor Gallery

What is the Outdoor Gallery opportunity in 2023?

The Outdoor Gallery is artwork printed on vinyl banners and installed on community banner poles in 12 locations around the Moreton Bay Region from 22 May to 26 June 2023.

What benefits will the Outdoor Gallery offer local artists?

Artists can create artwork for the public realm and display it within an outdoor environment across the region. The 12 locations chosen for display are in high traffic areas, providing a unique opportunity to have your artwork seen by all kinds of people. 

When the Moreton Bay Region Art Prize ends, the banners will be removed and upcycled into picnic mats. Gallery stores across the region will have the mats for sale, providing the selected artists with an opportunity to see their artwork as a product. Modelling a whole-of-life cycle process ensures sustainability is considered from the beginning when creating temporary public art.

Council will pay for the printing, installation and removal of the banners.

Council will organise and pay for the upcycling of the banners into picnic mats.

If selected, what will I receive?

  • in-house design service to re-photograph artwork in the appropriate resolution and crop to the required size, if required.
  • one professional photo of your artwork in situ
  • one picnic mat with one of the two panels made from your artwork
  • payment of $200.

Things to consider when creating your artwork

Banner details:

  • The total size of the banner, including 2023 Outdoor Gallery branding, is 400 centimetres in length and 100 centimetres in height.
  • The actual artwork size excluding the branding is 320 centimetres in length. This is the print size your artwork will be in real life.
  • Six artists will be selected for this opportunity by an external judge. The chosen artists will have one selected artwork printed twice and displayed in two separate locations. 
  • The final artworks will be printed on vinyl banners and hung in landscape orientation between aluminium community banner poles.

An example of the artwork banner:

Banner art example for Art Prize.jpg


Medium for artwork entries

Your artwork entry could be any medium. For example, the medium you choose might be collage, embroidery, installation, painting, illustration, photography or computer-generated. To enter this artwork into the Outdoor Gallery, you will need to take a photograph of the artwork and upload it as a jpeg or PDF file. If the artwork does not scale to fit the banner artwork size, your artwork might need to be re-photographed and cropped to the file dimensions by our inhouse designer.

Outdoor context

Think about what visual distractions these artworks will be competing with within the outdoor environment, such as advertising devices, other signage or lights. For example, bold, high contrast artwork is likely to stand out at a distance more than artwork with small details or linework, which may be harder to see.

Viewing time

As the display sites are on high-traffic roads, viewing time for people travelling in cars will likely be approximately five seconds. However, some people may travel past this site multiple times a day or week, noticing your artwork each time. 

File requirements

  • Artwork must be in a digital file form such as a jpeg or PDF.
  • The resolution should be 300dpi.
  • You can choose to submit a formatted file that fits the artwork size (320 centimetres in length and 100 centimetres in height - this is not a condition of entry).
  • To ensure a print-ready file, selected artists will receive an in-house photography and design service.


To be eligible to enter you must:

  • Be a current resident of the Moreton Bay Regional Council local government area from or identify as Kabi Kabi, Turrbal or Jinibara Traditional Custodian groups.
  • Be 18 years of age or over at the time of application.

Artists may enter either the Art Prize or the Outdoor Gallery or both. Only one artwork may be entered per person into each section. If entering both the Art Prize and the Outdoor Gallery, the entrant must submit a different work for each. 

Please read the terms and conditions(PDF, 180KB) for further artwork eligibility requirements.

Key dates

Moreton Bay Region Art Prize

Applications close 11:59 PM Saturday 22 April 2023.

Finalists will be notified by Friday 5 May 2023.

Artwork to be delivered on Saturday 27 May 2023 between 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM to Pine Rivers Art Gallery.

Exhibition will run from Saturday 3 June to Saturday 19 August 2023.

Official opening and announcement of winners will be held during the exhibition.

Artwork must be collected on Saturday 19 August 2023, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM from Pine Rivers Art Gallery.

Outdoor Gallery

Applications close 11:59 PM Saturday 22 April 2023.

Finalists will be notified by Tuesday 2 May 2023.

Work will be displayed from Saturday 22 May - Sunday 26 June 2023.

Past winners

Moreton Bay Region Art Prize

Moreton Bay Region Outdoor Gallery

Moreton Bay Region Art Awards 

View past winners: