Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize 2021


Selected finalist’s artwork in various media, with $5,500 in prizes


6 – 29 August (WHOLE GALLERY)

This is the fifth year of the Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize, providing an exciting opportunity for South Australian artists to exhibit their work. The art prize exhibition is an initiative of Gallery M and Jarrah J. Holmes of Century 21 Bayside Brighton, and is open to all artists aged over 18 years living and working in South Australia. The exhibition is a SALA Festival event.

This year’s exhibition was collaboratively judged by three independent arts professionals, who had the difficult task of choosing the finalists from almost 155 entries. The forty seven selected artworks are innovative works in a range of media.

Entry to the exhibition was via a pre-selection process, with the judging panel selecting artworks from digital images submitted. Final judging is in Gallery M prior to the exhibition launch, and the prizes will be presented to the winning artists at the opening Saturday 7 August (May be subject to change)

Through generous donations the Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize is offering non-acquisitive prizes to the value of $5,500. Gallery M thanks our sponsors for providing prize money and additional funds for administration costs, and acknowledge the valuable in-kind support given by Centreprint, Patritti Wines and the Marion Cultural Centre.

Major Prize: $3,000
donated by Jarrah J. Holmes, Century 21 Bayside Brighton

$1,000* Ian Willding Emerging Artist Prize donated by Gibson & Partners Chartered Accountants

$500 Warradale Hotel Prize

$500 (voucher)
Splashout Art Studios Award

$500 (voucher)
Red House Group Inc Prize

*This prize is in the memory of Ian Willding, (1954-2016).
As well as paintings and drawings, there is photography, textiles, mixed media, printmaking and digital artwork.
A glossy, professionally-printed booklet, featuring all the finalists’ artwork will be available to purchase.