Art Prize 2021

The GSA Art Prize is an annual event as part of our Engaged and Healthy Communities mandate. This event champions creativity and reflects the diversity of students’ interests outside their area of study.

With 2021 following in the pattern of 2020, this is the second time the Art Prize will be held virtually. The theme of the competition this year is ‘sustainability’. What does sustainability mean to you? Is it environmental, personal, social, or something more?

This year’s entries showcase how students creatively connect with their own world.

This year, the GSA Art Prize will be completely virtual. This means that we can only accept digital submissions of your work.  

Your work can be:

  • Digital art 
  • Photographs 
  • A clear photograph of a physical piece of work e.g. a picture of a 2D or 3D piece of work.

This year’s theme is ‘sustainability’

How have you related to sustainability over the past year of restrictions? You can draw inspiration from environmental sustainability, personal sustainability, social sustainability, economic sustainability…the options are limitless. This is your opportunity to express what sustainability means to you!

Channel your ideas and feelings into a piece, and share it with the world!  


As always, there will be cash prizes, including three new prizes:

  • First Prize – $1000 
  • Second Prize – $750 
  • Third Prize – $500 
  • People’s Choice Award – $250 
  • Personal Experience Award – $250
  • Global Sustainability Thinking Award – $100
  • Innovation Award – $100


Submissions will open on Monday 27 September at 9am and close 12pm on Monday 1st November.

Entry images must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum dimensions: 1200 x 1800px
  • Maximum dimensions: 5000 x 5000px
  • Minimum quality: 300dpi
  • Maximum size: 5MB
  • Allowed format types: png, jpg, jpeg

View the full terms and conditions and entry requirements here.


To support your creative projects, we’ll be hosting two workshops before the GSA Art Prize submission period closes.

GSA Art Prize: Photography Workshop
Wednesday 27 October 3.30-5pm
Tips and tricks to help you capture your artwork in all its beauty.

GSA Art Prize: Artist Statement Workshop
Tuesday 12 October 3.30-5pm
A guide to preparing a professional artist statement.

Submission Form

Art Prize Submissions 2021
First given name
Surname / family name

Your Artwork

Eg digital painting, photograph, collage
A short explanation to accompany your artwork. Include the 'how', 'what', and 'why' that lead to your artwork, such as your approach, style and interpretation of the theme.
Is your artwork for sale? *
Upload your artwork

Please ensure that you are submitting a clear photograph or your work as we will be displaying these on our website and in a digital brochure.

  • Minimum dimensions: 1200 x 1800px
  • Maximum dimensions: 5000 x 5000px
  • Minimum quality: 300dpi
  • Maximum size: 5MB
  • Allowed format types: png, jpg, jpeg

We recommend a file size between 500KB and 5MB, saved as a compressed high-quality jpg. The image width of large pieces should be about 1900px.

Maximum upload size: 5MB
Entry into the GSA Art Prize 2021 is restricted to currently enrolled University of Melbourne graduate students.

By entering the GSA Art Prize, you are agreeing to abide by the Terms and Conditions and Entry Requirements.

Terms and Conditions *

We know how vital art can be for your wellbeing and we have always encouraged students of all skill levels to get creative! Who knows, you might be more artistic than you ever thought!