The LGH Art Prize 2014

The LGH Art Prize 2014 - Value $5,000

The Launceston General Hospital Visual Arts Committee invite artists to submit 2D works of art in all mediums in competition for the LGH Art Prize 2014.

The LGH Art Prize is offered for the first time as an award for works on paper/canvas and any other surface. The award is open to artists residing and working in Tasmania and offers a prize of $5,000. The 2014 exhibition will be held at the ARTrium Gallery 14 May - 20 June 2014.

Entries are NOW OPEN for the LGH Art Prize 2014

Entries close 5.00 pm Friday 18 April 2014

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You can read about the judging criteria, submissions details and more below.

Entries in the LGH Art Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for:

  • Visual Art Award – value $500
  • People’s Choice – value $500

To be considered for selection, a competitor must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

  • Entries close
    5.00 pm Friday 18 April 2014
  • Pre-selection
    Monday 19 - 23 April 2014
  • Finalists notified by
    Friday 25 April 2014
  • Works to The ARTrium Gallery Friday 9 May 
    9am- 2pm, 4.00 pm
  • Announcement of winners
    Wednesday14 May2014
  • Exhibition Opening 
    Wednesday 14 May 6.30 for 7pm 2014
  • Collection of works
    Friday 3 – 5pm 28 June 2014

Reproduction of works

Artists whose works are selected for exhibition shall allow their works to be reproduced in all official printed and promotional material linked to the LGH Art Prize.


A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winning work which will become the property of LGH Visual Arts Collection without further payment to the artist.

The Visual Art Award, a non-acquisitive prize of $500, will be awarded as the Judges’ Special Commendation to the work that most successfully extends the discipline of making art on paper.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a cheque for $500.


The insurance of works in transit and while at the exhibition venue will be the responsibility of the artist. Works will be unpacked and later repacked with due care in the packaging they arrived in. Works will be exhibited according to artists’ instructions with due care exercised at all times. The LGH Visual Arts Committee or its agents will accept no liability for loss and/or damage arising from the repacking of works, or loss and/or damage during transit.


The cost of freight to and from Launceston is the responsibility of the artists. The Launceston General Hospital's Visual Arts Committee will make every effort to secure a favourable freight arrangement with a chosen carrier. Finalists will be given details.


Artists who sell their works at the exhibition will be charged a 30% commission.

Collection of works

All works must be removed from the exhibition venue between 3-5pm on Friday 28 June 2014 or by arrangement.

Exhibition sponsors

The LGH Visual Arts Committee is the sole sponsor of the 2014 LGH Art Prize.


GST applies to the LGH Art Prize where relevant.

Key dates

  • Date of work: must have been completed between 1 January 2013 – 9 May 2014
  • Eligibility period: resident in Tasmania for at least 12 months 
  • Delivery of entries: Friday 9 May 9am- 2pm or by arrangement
  • Visual Art Award winner announced: 14 May 2014
  • People’s Choice winner announced: 14 May 2014

Instructions and conditions


The artist must have been resident in Tasmania for the eligibility period: see key dates above.

In any year, a competitor may enter one work only.

The work

  • Must be a 2D work on paper,canvas
  • Must be themed on ‘ Art in Health’
  • Must NOT exceed the size limit of 1.5m x 1.5m Dimensions apply to the actual work of art, not the mounting or framing. Exhibition wall height is 3.4 m, floor to ceiling.
  • May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit above.
  • May be painted in any medium (eg oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media).

The LGH Visual Arts Committee may refuse unacceptable/offensive art work for entry into the LGH Art Prize or Art exhibition in the ARTrium Gallery.

Preparing the work for delivery

  • Must be suitably framed for handling. A stretched canvas is considered a suitable frame.
  • Must be clearly marked on the back with the artist’s name and address and the title of the work.
  • Must be accompanied by a photograph of the assembled work and clear instructions for its installation if it is a multi-panelled work.
  • Must NOT be wet when submitted.
  • Must NOT include any hanging devices such as hooks or wires. These must be removed as they can damage other works and the Gallery has its own hanging system.

Delivering your entry

The work must be accompanied by a completed, signed entry form, signed statement from the artist, non-refundable handling fee payment of Aus$30 (including GST) or receipt of online payment and a high resolution photograph of the work.

Entries will only be accepted during the specified period (see key dates above) via the front door of the Northern Integrated Care Services (NICS) building of the ARTrium Gallery at the Launceston General Hospital, Frankland St, Launceston.

Delivery must be made in person, by a nominated representative (such as a friend, relative or artist’s agent) or by a courier/freight company.

The Gallery will NOT pay for any costs incurred in the delivery of any entry.

Each competitor is responsible for maintaining their own insurance.

Neither the LGH nor the Gallery will be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever, and however caused, to any work while in the Gallery’s custody.

Exhibiting the work

The competitor grants the Gallery permission to display the work:

  1. in an exhibition of selected finalists for the LGH Art Prize 2014 at the Gallery or such other venue as LGH Visual Arts Committee may in its absolute discretion determine (see key dates above); and
  2. at venues other than the Gallery in an exhibition of all or some of the finalists for the LGH Prize 2014 by arrangement.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that the original work is available for these purposes, whether or not they are the owner of the work.

Alternatively, the Gallery may display the work in an exhibition of works that were not selected as finalists for the LGH Art Prize 2014 (currently known as the Salon des Refusés exhibition) in the ARTrium long gallery, or such other venue as the LGH Visual Arts Committee in their absolute discretion determine, in 2014. It is the current policy of the LGH Visual Arts Committee to seek the permission of each artist before a work is included in the Salon des Refusés exhibition.

Licensing the work

The competitor warrants that the work is original and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

The finalist grants to the Gallery a non-exclusive licence to photograph the work for the purpose of publicising this exhibition.

Selection of works

The finalists for the LGH Art Prize, and the prize winner, are selected by an independent judge's panel. The Visual Art Award is selected by the Visual Arts Committee and the People's Choice is selected by members of the public.

The winner of the LGH Prize receives payment of $5,000. The winner of the Visual Art Award receives payment of $500. The winner of the People's Choice receives payment of $500.

The LGH prize is acquisitive . However the Visual Art Award & People's Choice prizes are NOT acquisitive (ie the works do NOT automatically enter the ARTrium Gallery as part of the Launceston General Hospital collection.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Finalists and prize winners will be announced to the media and published on the ARTrium Gallery website at approx 12 noon on the same day: see Key Dates above. These artists will be advised beforehand.

Artists whose work is chosen for display will be asked to provide additional information (such as biographical details and a statement about the work) to assist with preparation of prize-related material.

The winning competitors agree to make themselves available for the purposes of promotion and publicity at times and dates and in places reasonably requested by the Gallery.

Collecting the work

The competitor is responsible for organising the collection of their work during the time period specified by the Gallery (Key Dates above) and must indicate on the entry form how the work will be collected. These are the ONLY options available for the return of works.

Competitors with works selected for display will be advised regarding collection dates.

The Gallery will NOT pay for any costs incurred in the collection of any entry.

If any competitor does not retrieve a work, the Gallery will give 6 weeks notice of the Visual Arts Committee’s intention to sell or otherwise dispose of the work, by sending a notice by post to the competitor at the last known address or by placing a newspaper advertisement if no address is known. The Committee may then sell the work and, after deducting from the proceeds the costs of and incidental to the sale, shall hold any balance for the competitor. If, however, it is the opinion of the Committee that the work is unsaleable then the Committee may destroy or otherwise dispose of it in any manner it deems fit and shall be under no liability whatsoever to the competitor in respect of the work so destroyed or disposed of.



The LGH Art Prize themed on 'Art in Health' has been developed to enhance artistic and cultural interest in Tasmania, particularly in Launceston and at the Launceston General Hospital. The name was chosen because of the close relationship of the home of the Prize, and the appreciation of art in the health environment.

The aims are;

  • To celebrate and promote values of excellence, creativity and inclusiveness in the community for art in health
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of the 'Art in Health' program at the Launceston General Hospital.
  • To provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work
  • To foster and promote partnerships between the Arts and enterprises in the community

The Inaugural Prize is being supported by the LGH Visual Arts Committee

The Organisation

The LGH Visual Arts Committee is a sub-committee of the LGH Historical Committee and is a not for profit organisation promoting the arts at the Launceston General Hospital and internationally recognised 'Art in Health' programs.

The Prize

The main prize is $5,000 and the prize is acquisitive. The emerging artists prize and the People's Choice award are non-acquisitive.


The competition will be open to all visual arts media - 2D. However, there will be strict size limits and requirements for exhibition. The details are now available on the competition page. Similarly, the rules for the emerging artists prize are available on the LGH Art Prize page.


'Art in Health'
To explore– Environmental, Human and Spiritual aspects in the healing process.

  • Environmental – to interpret and reflect aspects of the value of art in health.
  • Human – to interpret and reflect art in its social, political and health environmental healing processes.
  • Spiritual – to interpret and reflect upon the spirit, value and essence of art in a healing and caring environment


Judging will be carried out by three judges, who are all well regarded experts in their field(s). All will be from Tasmania. Initial judging and short listing will be completed using high quality digital images of the art works. Those artists whose work is short-listed will be invited to submit their works for exhibition at the LGH Art Exhibition, ARTrium Gallery, Launceston. The digital images will be used for promotional purposes including a catalogue.


The timeline is finalised. The dates for key events for the 2014 Prize are:

  • Call for entries – 1 February 2014
  • Close of entries - 18 April 2014
  • Short-listing – by 25 April 2014
  • Delivery of works to LGH ARTrium Gallery - 9 May 2014
  • Final Judging and announcements – 14 May 2014