National Teacher-Artist Prize

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The National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 is a national contemporary two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) art prize sponsored by Zart Art. It aims to encourage, recognise and celebrate the visual arts practice of primary and secondary school educators. This marks the first art prize for teachers.

The National Teacher-Artist Prize was established to reward teachers by celebrating the value and quality of their individual art practice, supporting both their professional teaching practice and personal growth needs. The prize is a recognition of those who foster rich learning environments within school communities and promote the fundamental importance of the arts in children’s education. The prize aspires to be one of the most valuable events on the art and education calendar, being the only dedicated art prize for educators in the world.

The National Teacher-Artist Prize will be held annually. Entrants must be Australian residents who are registered teachers, and currently working in an Australian school and over the age of 18.

receives a Cash Prize of $10,000
PLUS their school will receive art materials from Zart worth $10,000

seven winners will receive art materials from Zart worth $2,500

receives an individual Cash Prize of $2,500





The National Teacher-Artist Prize committee is delighted to announce that the guest judges for the 2021 prize are Del Kathryn Barton and Dr Henry Ward.

The judging process for the National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 will occur in two phases. After individually reviewing each digital entry, the judges will convene in February, 2021, to select around 50 shortlisted finalists. At the prize exhibition in April, guest judges Del Kathryn Barton and Dr Henry Ward will announce the overall winner plus seven state-based Highly Commended prizes.



Ntap Home DelKathrynBarton 250x333Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists. She is the only woman to have twice won the prestigious Archibald Prize (in 2008 and 2013) and in 2017 she had her first major retrospective, The Highway is a Disco, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Her work is found in many prestigious collections around the world, including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, US; and the Tiroche deLeon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Ntap Home HenryWard 250x333Henry Ward

Dr Henry Ward is an artist, writer, curator and educator living in London. He is the Creative Director for Freelands Foundation, and has written and lectured widely on the arts and education.

He works across a range of media and a variety of approaches, working predominantly in painting and drawing but also venturing into sculpture, photography and collage. He was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2018 and 2019. His background, and continued work in art education, informs much of his expanded practice, focusing on teaching as a form of socially engaged art. He is interested in the relationship between approaches to teaching and approaches to making.



Entries Open: 6:00am on 1st October, 2020

Entries Close: 11:59pm on 31st January, 2021

Finalists short list announced: 1st March, 2021

National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition Dates: 1st – 23rd April, 2021


Winners of the National Teacher-Artist Prize and the seven Highly Commended State-Based Prizes will be announced on Opening Night being Friday 2 April 2021 with the winner of the People’s Choice Prize announced shortly following the close of the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.


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