Thursday, 05 Oct 16:00


Gryphon Gallery
1888 Building (Graduate Student Association), University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, Victoria



This is your only opportunity to vote for your favourite work submitted for the GSA Acquisitive Art Prize – and to see the judges announce the winners.

Join us in the beautiful Gryphon Gallery of the historic 1888 Building, where we will showcase the finest entries of the 2017 Acquisitive Art Prize. This exhibition will not only celebrate the graduate student community's artistic output, but will also highlight the breadth and depth of talent that exists outside of their areas of study.

The theme for 2017 is "adaptation". 
A total of $2,500 cash prizes will be awarded for the best works on paper portraying a response to change and transformation. Adaptation could engage with, but is not restricted to, themes such as climate change, social and technological innovation, and cultural and genetic evolution.

Vote for your favourite artwork on the night!
Help decide the winner of the popular vote prize ($250) – and one lucky voter will be randomly chosen to receive a gift hamper valued at over $100!

Registration is required for entry – tickets can be printed or displayed on smartphones.

Drinks and canapés from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) will be provided for all registered attendees. 


Prize money for 2017:

  • 1st prize:   $1500 cash, sponsored by CMCL and IPRIA
  • 2nd prize:   $500 cash
  • 3rd prize:    $250 cash
  • "Popular vote" prize: $250 cash (decided by attendee votes)

For more information, please visit our Art Prize page.


Q. Who is invited to this event?

A. You are! Whether you're a student, staff member, or just someone who likes art, you are invited to this exhibition. Entering the competition itself is only open to enrolled University of Melbourne graduate students, but this exhibition is open to the public. Registration is essential.

Q. Can I view the artworks without attending the ceremony?

A. Yes – the artworks will be on display from Tuesday 3 October through to Friday 6 October.