A unique art event to be held in the streets and buildings of an Australian historic town

The Beechworth Contemporary Art Award exhibition will be held 16-18 September 2022.

This biennial exhibition will be held within the township of Beechworth in the north-east of Victoria.

The Beechworth Contemporary Art Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive prize, and an opportunity for artists on the national stage, regional and remote artists to exhibit in a unique historic and culturally significant village setting.

The first art award of its kind, this national award is to be held within the streets, alleyways, parks and buildings of the small Victorian community of Beechworth. Audiences will have opportunities to engage directly or incidentally with the ideas, techniques and entertaining ways of Australia’s contemporary artists.

The award offers a new platform for creative opportunity. The town’s granite boulders, numerous waterways and heritage preserved facades allow a unique dialogue between artists and the community. In creative ways, contemporary artists will connect the past with the present, inviting audiences to be entertained and experience new interpretations of the world around them and their place within it.

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Key Dates

30 August 2021  >> Open for submissions

28 January 2022  >>  Entries Close 

February 2022  >>  Finalists Announced

16-18 September 2022  >> Beechworth Contemporary Art Award 

16 September 2022  >>  Winner Announced

18 September 2022  >>  People’s Choice Announced

BCAA Programs

An informative Education Program will accompany the BCAA. The Education Program will be accessed on line through the BCAA website. The Education Program will include photographic documentation, artist interviews and various opportunities for each finalist to promote their artwork. This content will be written by educators and promoted to BCAA sponsors, schools and other audiences in the months leading up to and after the September 2022 exhibition. The Education Program will be an integral component to the BCAA and allows for a variety of learning, entertainment and promotion opportunities to be explored during COVID normal and lockdown times.   

Art lovers, the curious, and even the sceptics can choose to engage with the variety on offer. The town of Beechworth has fabulous restaurants, breweries, cellar doors and specialty shops along with boutique and family friendly accommodation. The region is also known for its many beautiful natural and heritage sites, walking and bike riding opportunities with rail trails and mountain bike parks aplenty.

BCAA Volunteers

Join the BCAA team and work closely with artists and audiences. 

BCAA values diverse experiences and perspectives, and welcomes those wishing to develop their skills and pursue an interest in regional community and contemporary art. Please note there is no financial reimbursement for these roles. There are other benefits and opportunities for volunteering before, during and post event; 

  • An invitation to the exclusive BCAA launch party for artists, sponsors and special guests to be held on the Friday evening. The winning artwork will be announced at the launch event.
  • Access to free catering during the BCAA event.
  • An exclusive BCAA t-shirt to be worn during the event and to take home as a souvenir.


Please contact BCAA and specify which area/s you would enjoy contributing to;

  • Exhibition installation and artwork handling (assisting BCAA exhibitions team with instal)
  • Artist and artwork assistance (assisting exhibition program management)

Contact Us

Nina Machielse Hunt, Artistic Director

Ph: 0421 072 098

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