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Craft 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.

Due to the success of the 2020 Art Prize, we have included a Craft Prize this year which will be held virtually. The theme of this competition will join the overall theme of both the Art and Craft Prize of ‘sustainability’. What does sustainability mean to you? Is it environmental, personal, social or something more? The Craft Prize promotes and supports craftspeople and their creative practices in their creation of hand-made works.

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

This year, the GSA Craft Prize will be virtual, accepting only digital submissions of your work. It is our desire if lockdown restrictions ease soon that we can enjoy an outdoor market at the 1888 Building so students can showcase their creations.

Your work can be in any of the following genres:

  • Fibre and textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery
  • Metalwork
  • Mixed-material objects
  • Wood
  • Sculpture
  • Leatherwork
  • Plastics
  • Recycled materials

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 20 September at 9am and close 12pm on Monday 1 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.

Upload your submission

Craft Prize Submissions 2021
First given name
Surname / family name

Your Craft

Length and width, and if your craft is three-dimensional, depth. Please use millimetres.
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.

You may upload up to four images of your work. Ensure your images use the following naming convention: 001-sculpturename where 001 is the viewing angle, ie. 045-sculpture is viewing from a 45 degree angle.

  • 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. If possible, please upload your images of sculptures as .PNG files with cut the sculpture out and a transparent background.

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 *


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

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

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