Image: Jacqueline Bradley, Draw a Line, 2015, pencil, steel dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Jacqueline Bradley, Draw a Line, 2015, pencil, steel dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

About the M16 Drawing Prize 2017

This prize is for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice.

M16 Artspace is a not-for-profit art organisation that seeks to provide an inclusive space for the practice and exhibition of art within the Canberra art community and beyond.

The judges for this year’s prize are Elspeth Pitt, A/G Senior Curator, Australian Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books at NGA and Anthony Oates, Curator of Exhibitions at Drill Hall Gallery ANU.


Beyond Bank Prize $2500

CAPO Prize $1000

Framing Prize $500 (voucher courtesy of The Framing Store, Braddon)

Eckersley’s Prize $300 (voucher courtesy of Eckersley’s, Braddon)

Key Dates

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday 2 November 2017 5pm

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Wednesday 15 November 2017 5pm

SELECTED WORK DUE: Thursday 23 November 2017 delivery between 11am-5pm

OFFICIAL OPENING AND PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT: Thursday 30 November 2017 from 6 – 8pm

EXHIBITION RUNS: Thursday 30 November to Friday 15 December 2017

COLLECTION OF WORK: Tuesday 19 December 2017 between 11am and 5pm

Entry Fee

$35 per artwork (incl. GST). Up to three (3) artworks per artist.

Entry Details

All entries must include the following information:

1. An artist statement that refers directly to the work you are entering in the M16 Drawing Prize, maximum 250 words. We may use this statement to promote the exhibition.

2. One image per artwork. JPG files only, screen resolution, maximum file size 1MB, file name FIRSTNAME_SURNAME_1.jpg

3. Medium

4. Dimensions (H x W x D cm)

5. Price: Please include consideration for 30% gallery commission, and GST if you are registered. To the nearest whole number with no decimal points/cents ($200 instead of $199.95).

6. Year. All works must have been completed in the last 12 months.

7. Installation instructions. If detailed instructions are required please list them on your entry form. See notes below.

Please Note

Entry forms, fee and images must be submitted online before 5pm on Thursday 2 November 2017. Online entry form link below.

Entry forms not accompanied by the entry fee and good quality image of each artwork are ineligible for the competition.

The entry fee is non-refundable.

Exhibition Details


All works must be unframed, unmounted, appropriately fixed, and ready for installation.

Artworks on paper will be pinned to the wall.

Please attach tabs to your work if you do not want your work pinned directly to the wall or consult M16 about alternative hanging methods.

If your work has multiple pieces please email a diagram to

For complex installation pieces artists may be required to install their work themselves.


Finalists will be hung in the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2017 finalists’ exhibition. All artists will be notified by email of the shortlist by Wednesday 15 November 2017. Entry fee is payable for all works regardless of whether the work is selected for exhibition.

Selected artworks must arrive either by post or be delivered in person by Thursday 23 November between 11am - 5pm. Works can be delivered prior to this by appointment with the M16 office. Freight costs and all charges relating to delivery and collection of works of art are the responsibility of the artist.

All works for the exhibition must be clearly identified (artist’s name and contact information written on the back), wrapped, unframed, unmounted, appropriately fixed, and ready for installation (with the appropriate hanging materials and instructions for installation).

All works selected for exhibition will be made available for sale. All works sold will attract a 30% commission to M16 Artspace on the sale price. Please include the commission when pricing your work.

Unsold works may be collected from M16 on Tuesday 19 December 2017, or when the M16 office reopens on 9 January 2018. If work is not collected by 31 January 2018 M16 reserves the right to dispose of the work.

If works are to be returned by post this will incur a $30 administration fee. The artist must supply a self addressed prepaid Australia Post satchel. Works that are sent without this will not be returned.


The judges’ decision is final on all aspects of selection and awarding the prize. No correspondence or appeal will be entered into or considered.

M16 Artspace will take all reasonable care with the works submitted but is not responsible for any loss or damage of work during the period of the Prize and exhibition, or while in transit to or from the exhibition.

It is the responsibility of the artists to arrange insurance for their own artworks in transit to/from and during the exhibition.

Each entrant consents to the reproduction and/or publication of his/her work being photographed and/or used for the purposes of publicity, criticism, review, research, reports and/or reference in connection with activities of M16 Artspace and/or the M16 Drawing Prize.

Prior to submitting the entry form, artists must have received permission from their dealer or gallery to have their work hung in the exhibition, or used for promotional purposes and accept that M16 Artspace will take 30% commission on all sold work.

By submitting an entry to the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize you are agreeing to the above Terms & Conditions.

How to Enter

Complete the online entry form via the link below. After completing the online entry form, you will be taken to our secure payment gateway (Stripe).