Student Art Prize 2019

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The Student Art Prize is a $1500 prize to be awarded to a student of the University of Melbourne. Through a University-wide open call, students are asked to submit an image in response to a curatorial prompt (see below).

The artwork will be reproduced as a temporary vinyl billboard and presented on the east wall of the Peter Hall building. Applications will be considered from individual artists and collectives. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications will be judged by the selection panel according to the selection criteria.

Presented by the New Student Precint with presenting partner Next Wave.

Please read through the information below before submitting your application.

Please note that applications close at 11:59pm, Sunday 29 September 2019

a brick wall at the University of Melbourne with a blank canvas mounting the wall. The canvas will be the site of the Art Prize

Curatorial Prompt


- Situationist Graffiti, Paris, 1969

Everyone is imagining the end of the world as we hurtle towards rising tides, polarised global politics, late stage capitalism, mass extinction and grey goo. Will artificial intelligence put an end to the age of reason? Are we machine learning ourselves into a psycho-spiritual crisis? While the rich plan their colonisation of Mars…

What do you want to put into the future? This moment calls for a deep and radical rethink of our relationship to this planet, and to each other.

We are looking for proposals that imagine transformative visions of the future: revisions of popular culture, science fiction, technological acceleration, transhumanism, artificial intelligence and the Anthropocene that herald a feminist, queer, decolonial, anti-ableist, post-capitalist and an environmentally sustainable, collective future.

Selection Criteria

  • Does the artwork respond to the curatorial prompt?
  • Is the artwork of a high creative standard?
  • Is the artwork aesthetically pleasing to a wide range of audiences?
  • Is the artists’ statement well-articulated and conceptually coherent?
  • Is the artwork’s messaging culturally safe and inclusive?
  • Is the artwork accessible for a diverse audience?


Images will need to be submitted as a PDF, 5803mm x 3352mm (vertically oriented), 300 DPI at 100%, 30mm bleed, CMYK or spot colours (PMS). The work will be framed with Cedar edges and will require sail track to suit.

Production will be supported financially by the New Student Precinct. Technical support with regard to file set up for large scale printing and general production will be provided by Anita Spooner at Next Wave, please email with any questions.


September 13 - 29Call out for Student Activation
September 30 Selection of work begins
Mid-October Production and installation

Heart Imprint Brick 2018. The image is a ochre brick wrapped in green ribbon, with a heart imprinted on it's "chest"

Image: Winner of the 2018 Student Art Prize
Heart Imprint Brick, 2018
Chas Manning and Daniel Kotsimbos
Digital photographic print

For more information on the Student Art Prize, please click here to download a PDF of key information.

an image of a red, cartoon pencil drawing a straight line

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Precinct team.