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How many times can I enter?

Twice. Artists may submit two artworks for consideration. Each artwork entry will attract a fee of $50.00 (includes GST).


How much does it cost to enter?

$50.00 per artwork entry.


Are the finalist’s works available for sale?
Yes. Artworks that are selected for hanging in the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize can be available for sale through the National Art School Gallery. Entrants may nominate on the entry form if they would like their work to be for sale during the exhibition, and if so, what the retail price (including GST) for the artwork should be. The National Art School’s commission on sales is 30% and this should be included in the final sale price.


What mediums are accepted?
There are no limitations to media, however artists are asked to describe the nature of their drawing practice in an artist’s statement as part of the entry requirements.


Is there a size restriction for artworks?

The size of the artwork must not exceed 6 square metres (e.g. 3m x 2m, 1.5m x 4m etc.). Please note that the wall height in Gallery 1 is 4.15 metres, floor to ceiling, and in Gallery 2 it is 4.8 metres, floor to ceiling.


What are the exhibition dates at NAS Gallery?
Thursday 28 March – Saturday 25 May 2019.


How long is the loan period for finalist’s artworks?

The National Art School is planning a tour of the finalists’ exhibition to three regional galleries in NSW. Entered works must therefore be available for exhibition continuously for the period 18 February 2019 – 21 December 2020.

Do entrants have to pay for artwork transport?

Yes. Semi-finalists must cover the cost of transport to and from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney.


Is the Dobell Prize acquisitive?

Yes. The winning work will enter the National Art School’s Collection.


How much is the Dobell Prize worth?
The winner will be awarded AU$30,000 by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.


Can international artists enter?
No. The prize is only open to Australian citizens or permanent residents of 12 months or more who are over the age of 18.


How many images can I submit?

Artist’s may submit up to 5 images in total of 25mb of image or video files.


Will there be an exhibition catalogue?

Yes. The National Art School will publish an 80-page exhibition catalogue to accompany the exhibition and tour. Images provided by competitors at the time of entry will be reproduced in the exhibition catalogue.    

When will the Finalists be notified?
The finalists will be notified on or before Friday 25 January 2019 

When will the winner be announced?

The winner of the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize will be announced on Wednesday, 27 March 2019.