National Teacher-Artist Prize

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The Prizes
1. The winner of the National Teacher-Artist Prize receives an individual cash prize of $10,000 and their school receives $10,000 worth of art materials from Zart.
2. Seven Highly Commended State-based Prize winners will receive $2,500 worth of art materials from Zart.
3. The People’s Choice Prize receives an individual cash prize of $2,500.

Important Dates
Entries Open: 6:00am on 1 October 2020
Entries Close: 11:59pm 31 January 2021
Finalists short list announced: 1 March 2021
National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition Dates: 1 April 2021 to 23 April 2021

Winners of the National Teacher-Artist Prize and the seven Highly Commended State-based Prizes will be announced on opening night being Thursday 1st April, 2021, with the winner of the People’s Choice Prize announced shortly following the close of the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.

Conditions of Entry

The Inaugural National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 is a national contemporary 2D and 3D art prize sponsored by Zart. It aims to encourage, recognise and celebrate the visual arts practice of primary and secondary school educators. An art prize for art teachers. All three prizes awarded are non-acquisitive, meaning that the artist retains the ownership in their work. The three prizes that will be awarded are:

    1. The National Teacher-Artist Prize will be awarded to one entrant as judged by the nominated judges and they will receive $10,000 cash and $10,000 worth of art materials will be provided by Zart to the nominated school where the entrant is confirmed to be employed.
    2. Seven Highly Commended Prizes will be awarded to one entrant per state and one entrant on behalf of both territories as judged by the nominated judges. The winners will receive $2,500 worth of art materials from Zart.
    3. A People’s Choice Prize will be awarded to one entrant who’s work receives the most votes during the exhibition. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

The prize money will be paid and delivered within 30 days of closing of the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.
The art materials will be provided via credit on account with Zart for the nominated prize amount, valid to spend on Zart products and services for up to 12 months commencing 2 April, 2021 and expiring 2 April, 2022.

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $25.00 (inc GST) per entry payable at the time of entry and a maximum of three entries per entrant is allowed. However, multiple entrants per school is permitted.

Eligible Entries
Entrants must be:

  • Over the age of 18 at the time of submitting the work
  • Australian residents
  • working as an employee or contractor in an Australian-based preschool, primary school, secondary school or special education school. (that is; a school listed on the Australian Schools List as provided by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA)) and
  • A registered Australian teacher with the relevant authority in that entrant’s state or territory (being; ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI), NSW Education Standards Authority, Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory, Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board, Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT) or Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA)).

The artwork of the entrant:

  • Must be the original and unaided work of the entrant
  • Cannot infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party
  • Must have been executed or created in the 12 months preceding the entry closing date

All artwork entered into the competition must be available for display for the duration of the exhibition.

Any artwork which has already been sold cannot be entered and are ineligible for inclusion in the competition.

The artwork must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Artwork that is flat, possessing height and width, but no depth, such as a drawing, print, photograph, textile or work on canvas is eligible for the prize
  • The 2D finished artwork must not exceed 200cm in either length or width
  • 3D finished artwork must not exceed 200cm in height or length or 100kg in weight
  • The artwork must be ready for installation (a stretched canvas is considered framed) and fitted with D rings 100mm from the top of the artwork

Installation notes are to accompany the artwork.

Entries representing partnerships between individuals will be accepted as one entry and on the understanding that each partner’s contribution is deemed equal. The Prize will be split equally if the entrant is awarded the National Teacher-Artist Prize, the Highly Commended Prize or the People’s Choice Prize.

All expenses incurred in the submission of the artwork is the responsibility of the entrant, including transport, delivery and insurance.

The Zart Exhibition Committee reserves the right to determine the most appropriate method for displaying the artworks and reserves the right to refuse to display any works deemed inappropriate or unsafe.

Employees of Zart, Modern Star or any subsidiaries thereof and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the prize.

Entry Submission
All entries into the National Teacher-Artist Prize 2021 must be submitted online through the Zart website.

The entrant must ensure they have submitted the correct information on their entry as no additional changes can be made after the submission has been complete.

A complete online submission means the upload of the following:

  • The entrants contact details including full name, school name, teacher registration number and mobile phone number
  • Subject/s and year level/s taught
  • Details of school including contact information
  • One image of each artwork submitted in the manner set out below
  • An artist’s statement about the nominated work (maximum 150 words)

The image must be in jpeg format only (300dpi, 2MB max) with the file name containing the artist’s surname (capitals), first name (lowercase) and title of the work (e.g. YOUNG_William_TheYoungFamily).

Applications for the prize open on the dates set out above or as nominated and amended from time to time by the Zart Exhibition Committee.

Pre-selection / Judging
All artwork submitted will be presented for review to a pre-selection panel, from which up to 50 finalist works will be selected to be exhibited at the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.
The pre-selection panel will consist of two professional artists and an art educator. Judging will be based on a set of curatorial rationale including concept, application of materials and originality.
Once the pre-selection process has been completed, all entrants will be advised of the outcome. Short-listed finalists will be announced on 1 March, 2021.
Our guest judges will complete the next and final round of judging. They will be invited to select the winner of the National Teacher-Artist Prize and the Highly Commended Prizes from the shortlisted finalists in the National Teacher-Artist Prize Exhibition.
The pre-selection panel and judge’s decisions are final, not subject to review of appeal and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of them.
Zart reserves the right to disqualify any entry or entrant for any reason without penalty to Zart.
Likewise, Zart reserves the right to overrule the Judges or People’s Choice decision for any reason and award prizes and winners without penalty to Zart.

Exhibition Criteria and Process
1. All works must be available for the full exhibition period. Exhibition, delivery and collection dates to be announced.
2. Artists selected for exhibition are responsible for the transport of their work to and from the exhibition venue. This includes freight and transport costs in both directions.
3. Artists selected for exhibition will be required to supply high-resolution images of their final work as well as other suitable material as requested to assist with promotion of the exhibition.
4. All care will be taken when handling works, however Zart, the exhibition curators or venue staff will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage. Entrants are responsible for the shipping and insurance cover of their artworks.
5. The placement of all finalists’ works within the exhibition will be at the discretion of the Zart Exhibition Committee.
6. Each entrant grants Zart and its licensees and related parties an irrevocable worldwide, non-exclusive and royalty-free licence to display the artwork and to reproduce all or part of the artwork and biographical material of the entrant by any means in any medium for archival and promotional purposes. The entrant and their gallery (if applicable) will be properly acknowledged in such material.


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