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LAP It Up - Local Art Prize

Local artists are the stars during our biennial LAP It Up Local Art Prize.

Winners announced! Find out more

Total Prize Money $5000


  • 2D (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • 3D Ceramics/Pottery/Glass/Sculpture (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • Indigenous Artist (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • Photography, Digital & Film (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • Creative Fibre & Textiles (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • Applied Art (First prize $500, Second prize $200)

  • Emerging Artist (First prize $300, Second prize $50)

  • Youth Artist - Bursary to McGregor Spring Retreat – sponsored by USQ Artsworx

  • Changeover Team's Choice $250

  • Public Choice $200


Helen Grant has a very diverse background. From a promising career in law, through the annals of Rural Press, current Deepwater Red  Cross president Helen Grant has made the long trek from an early interest in writing to  become a veteran in the Australian media industry.

Bagging an ABC writing award in primary school, Helen said she always had a passion  for making words work—a talent that would see her through school and university studies, moving quickly into general legal practice before branching out into the world of media and publishing.

Graduating from the University of New South Wales in the 1980s, it wasn’t long before she was called back to university as a part-time lecturer.

Dedicated to editing and producing the 84-page monthly editions of Australian Artist,  a responsibility she has held since 2006, Helen said she is drawing on all her skills and know-how, and utilising the skills of her youngest son and University of Canberra graduate Roderick Grant to meet production deadlines.

Helen has also been the judge of the prestigious Camden Art Prize 2019,  the Bentley Art Prize and many other art competitions.

David Akenson

A lecturer in Visual Fine Arts theory, Dr David Akenson is one of the University of Southern Queensland’s most respected identities.

A lecturer in art theory, specialising in German Idealism, French Structuralism, post-structuralism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, cultural theory, art history, theory and criticism. Among his research interests are modern art, Australian art and contemporary art. David also expresses interest in the relationship between art and life and is quoted as saying

“Art, like life, is a game with rules that can be followed or broken, but must always be observed”.

David’s life has been the study of art.

How to enter

  1. Complete the Entry Form

  2. Bring the form along with your fees and entry/s when you drop them off at the Gallery between 26-28 June 8:30am - 4pm or 29 June 10am-4pm. There is no need to send in the form ahead of time.

There is no pre-selection. We will display all works entered. Up to two entries per person accepted.

Please read the conditions below before bringing in your entry.


  1. Eligibility: Artists must reside in the Southern Downs - or within a 100 km radius of Stanthorpe (eg Tenterfield, Texas, etc) - and a have valid postal address to confirm this. All work must be your own and completed in the last year.

  2. Cost of entry is $15 per artwork. There is a limit of two artworks per person. Entry fees are to be paid on delivery of art works.

  3. Size and weight of works: 2D - we cannot accept artworks that are greater in perimeter than 4 metres (frames included) and more than 15kg. 3D works must be less than 15kg.  

  4. NOTE: The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery will endeavour to hang all artworks submitted. However, due to space restrictions we cannot guarantee that all works will be exhibited.  Artworks will be selected at the discretion of the gallery director and no dialogue will be entered into.

  5. Sale of artworks: All artworks must be for sale.  The gallery charges a 25% commission on sold artworks.  If you are unsure about the correct pricing for your artwork please feel free to talk to us before the exhibition.

  6. Please send 1 image no bigger than 5MB of each work so we can put them on our web page. Please email to

  7. Submitting artworks: So that we can hang your works correctly, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE FITTED WITH THE CORRECT D RINGS - 100 mm from the top of the frame/work. If you are unsure about what D rings to use please ask us. We cannot accept artworks that are not fit to hang. Artworks need to be adequately protected for delivery, either with bubble wrap or an equally effective protective packaging.

  8. Labeling of artworks: 2D works - please ensure that the label provided is placed on the back of the work on the bottom left hand corner. With 3D work - ensure that the label provided is safely attached to the bottom of work and clearly marked with the artist’s name, title of work and price.  

  9. Artworks that arrive damaged will not be exhibited.

  10. Copyright: The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery reserves the right to photograph any work submitted for the purposes of documentation, education and advertising. Please note that visitors will also be allowed to take photographs during the exhibition period.

  11. Entries close on 29 June at 4 pm.

  12. The exhibition will be held on 5 July-18 August 2019. Opening night is Friday 5 July at 6 pm and you are welcome to attend.  

  13. All artworks are covered by the gallery’s insurance during the exhibition dates. Insurance for the transport and delivery to and from the gallery are the artist’s responsibility.

  14. All unsold artworks must be collected Monday 19 of August before 5 pm.  It is essential that all works are collected on that date.  If you think you may not be able to collect your work on that day, please contact us as soon as possible.  All artworks will be returned in the packaging in which they were submitted.

  15. Payment for work sold will be made to your nominated bank account within 4 weeks of the ending of the exhibition.

Please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions regarding this exhibition by phone on 07 4681 1874 or email:

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