Banyule Award for Works on Paper

The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.

This is a prestigious national art prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

$35 per entry, up to 2 entries per artist.

In 2019, we acquired the winner and 10 additional artworks from the finalists’ exhibition, making a significant investment in the arts and raising the profile of this prize.

Award theme for 2021

The theme this year is ‘Community‘.

To provide inspiration on the theme, we present Banyule (2020) from local First Nations artist Wesley Fuller (Wongatha, Walmatjeri, Punaba and Paylku tribes). This artwork depicts our 21 suburbs surrounded by Darebin Creek, the Yarra and Plenty Rivers, with lines between them indicating the journeys and connections between communities.

Your entry must be a work on paper produced since January 2019.

It may be in any medium where the entered piece is made on or with paper, including (but not exclusive to): painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, jewellery and artists books.

Banyule art works on paper 2021


  • Main Acquisitive Prize: $10,000
  • Commendation Prize: $1000
  • People’s Choice Award (voted by public, announced at the end of the exhibition period): $1000

Important dates

  • Entries close: 16 July 2021
  • Artists notified of outcome: 11 August 2021
  • Delivery of artworks to gallery: Saturday 11 September 2021, 10am-12pm and Monday 13 September 2021, 9am-5pm
  • Exhibition opening night: Friday 17 September 2021, 6-8pm
  • Exhibition dates: 18 September to 28 November 2021