conditions of entry

1.  The Dardanup Art Spectacular Awards is open to all Australian resident persons.  Artists may enter up to a total of two individual pieces of artworks in the same or separate categories. One individual piece of artwork cannot be submitted for two or more separate categories.

2.   Dardanup residents can enter up to a total of three individual pieces of artworks in the same or separate categories. One individual piece of artwork cannot be submitted for two or more separate categories.

3.  Category A – Any subject, any medium (except photography or digital prints).

4.  Category B – Theme – “LIGHT & SHADE”. The artist may interpret and convey the theme either as representational, or metaphorical, or symbolic, or abstract, or in any other way the artist chooses (any medium, except photography or digital prints).

5.  Category C – PORTRAIT must be of a real person; who is known to the artist; who was living at the time the portrait was painted; and who has given written permission for their portrait to be entered and displayed at the Dardanup Art Spectacular (see portrait consent form here)  website for consent form to be completed). 2D works in any media (except photography or digital prints) will be accepted.

6.  Category D —All PHOTOGRAPHY must be wholly the work of the Entrant. Only images that have not been published nationally can be entered.Photographic Prints must be mat mounted using mat board (black or white mat only) and backing board and must not exceed 40cm  x 50cm , including the mount. Prints must be FIRMLY attached to mounting (No coloured mount/or framed photos will be accepted). Please ensure mount sizing is correct as an incorrect mount may result in rejection of the work.

7.  Category E – 3-DIMENSIONAL ARTWORK – Includes sculpture, jewellery, furniture, pottery etc

8.  Entrants are required to allow any artwork to be reproduced for publicity or catalogue purposes.

9.  Bank Details required for payment of prizes and sales. Entry forms may be lodged electronically and require the artist’s endorsement of conditions, and full payment before entry can be accepted. Late fees are payable for entries lodged after the closing date. Entry fees will only be refunded in full if entry is withdrawn before the closing date.

10.  Sale of works. All entries must be for sale (except for young artists  where sale is optional).

11.  Commission. 25% of the catalogue listed price. If registered for the GST, the GST component must be included. Artists must seek their own advice from the ATO if they are unsure as to whether they are liable for GST.

12. To qualify as an Emerging Dardanup artist you must:

  • be a resident in the Shire of Dardanup,
  • have not been part of a major art exhibition in a commercial or public gallery;
  • you have not previously won an award in this category;
  • you only occasionally sell your art; and
  • you do not teach art; and you are yet to be nationally recognised as an artist.

13.  Secondary School Dardanup Artists must be of secondary school age and resident in the Dardanup Shire.

14.  Primary School Dardanup Artists must be of primary school age and resident in the Dardanup Shire.

15.  Number of entries. Artists may submit up to 2 entries. Artists residing in the Shire of Dardanup may submit up to 3 entries.

16.  A work may be rejected [entry fee not refunded) if:

  • work is not thoroughly dry;
  • work is not ready to hang with cord, wire etc;
  • free-standing work is not balanced and stable;
  • work is deemed unsuitable for public exhibition.
  • work exceeds size or weight constraints outlined in 16. below (note NEW size constraints for 2019).
  • work cannot be displayed safely.
  • work incorporating electrical components is not certified as safe (tagged and tested).
  • work is mass produced

17.  Size/Weight. Paintings, drawings and prints must be no larger than 105cm wide x 105cm high (Including frame) and suitably presented for exhibition with identification labels affixed to the back. Labels will be sent to you automatically by email when you lodge your entry form. Other works (3D works) should not be larger than 2m in any direction or at the discretion of the curator. Multi-panel exhibits [diptych/triptych] must meet overall size constraints outlined above and be priced and offered for sale as a unit and clearly indicated as such on the entry form. The artist must make special provision for any artwork weighing more than 5kg (hang or place themselves on suitable equipment supplied by artist).

18.  Insurance. All reasonable care will be taken with submitted works. The Shire of Dardanup or the Dardanup Arts Inc Organising Committee will not be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits, or for charges incurred in the delivery or return of entries. Entrants are responsible for arranging their own insurance.

Ownership of unclaimed works.  All works that remains unclaimed after the closing of the exhibition become the property of Dardanup Arts Inc to be sold, or otherwise disposed of at the discretion of the Dardanup Art Spectacular Committee. Organisers are not responsible for repacking  artwork for pick up.

19.  Confirmed dates for 2021

  • Tues 23 March 2021 – Entries open
  • Thurs 15 April 2021 – Entries close
  • Tuesday 27 April 2021: Works to be delivered to the Dardanup Hall 9am-5pm
  • Fri 30 April 2021 – Exhibition Opening (7pm)
  • Sat 1 May and Sun 2 May 2021 – Exhibition in Main Hall (10am-5pm)
  • Sun 2 May 2021 – Works to be picked up (5pm-6pm) from Dardanup Hall. No works can be collected before closing time. Identification (and authorisation where applicable) will be required before works are released.
  • Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May 2021 : Art Trail Open (see individual venues for opening days/times)

20. Entry fees for artists Entry fee is non re-fundable. Entry is not confirmed until payment is received.

  • Standard entry fee: $20 per piece
  • Emerging artist (see 12 above): $15 per piece
  • School student (see 13 and 14 above): $6 per piece

21. Selection and judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.