The Gallery’s annual student art writing prize

In partnership with ARTAND Australia magazine, this annual writing competition has been created to encourage students to express their ideas about art practice and exhibitions through writing.

2014 competition

The competition will be held in the second half of the year. We’ll publish details here closer to the time.

2013 competition

Section 1: Art label

Focusing on the contemporary galleries choose your favourite work and submit label text based on your interpretation or opinion about the artwork.

  • Junior (Years 3–6): maximum 50 words
  • Intermediate (Years 7–10): maximum 75 words
  • Senior (Years 11–12): maximum 100 words

Section 2: Art essay

Write a critical review of an exhibition you have recently visited at the Art Gallery of NSW – or another exhibition within your local area if you do not live close to the Gallery.

  • Intermediate (Years 7–10): maximum 300 words
  • Senior (Years 11–12): 500 – 750 words


Each winner receives a Gallery publication, a gift voucher for the Gallery Shop and two tickets to the exhibition Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. Highly commended also receives two tickets to the exhibition. The winning entries will be published on the Gallery website.

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