The BCAA was a new regional biennial art event held in September 2022.
The next event in 2024 will transform into the Beechworth Contemporary Biennale.

The inaugural BCAA was a great success! 200 entries from around Australia were received with 10 proposals ultimately selected. These artworks were all created to be site specific and were installed at various sites around the town of Beechworth. Whilst the weather tried its best to disrupt proceedings, thankfully most of the artworks were still able to be displayed.

Over the three day event audiences came from across regional Victoria, NSW, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Thank you to the BCAA judge, Sydney based curator Sebastian Goldspink who announced the artist SUSIE LOSCH the award recipient of $10,000 with her artwork SWELL.

In 2024 the opportunities and the prize money will increase. Emerging, mid career and established artists are all welcome to apply. Sponsors and Volunteers are encouraged to get in touch early to help make this unique regional art event as successful and as exciting as possible! 

Nina Machielse Hunt. BCAA Creative Director. 

Congratulations to SUSIE LOSCH, winner of the $10,000 awarded by judge Sebastian Goldspink for her work SWELL.

We trust you enjoy this video documenting SWELL, produced by BCAA partner Open Door Studios >

Installation images

2022 Artwork Site Map

PLEASE NOTE: Due to circumstances out of our control this artwork has been removed from exhibition.

SITE 1  - The Old Hospital Facade, Church Street – Yandell Walton, Remnant Futures

SITE 2  - The Old Stone Hall, Church Street – Kate Just, Self Care Actions

SITE 3  - Christ Church Grounds, cnr Church & Ford Sts – Bruce Armstrong, Magpie

SITE 4  - The Gold Store Facade, Ford Street – Deborah Kelly, The Gods of Tiny Things & For Creation

SITE 5  - Beechworth Honey HQ, cnr Ford & Camp Sts – Liam Denny, The Trial of the Fool

SITE 6  - The Old Post Office Steps, Camp Street – Nuha Saad, Velvet Nostalgia II

SITE 7  - The Old Courthouse, Heritage Precinct – Jodie L Kipps, Sense Me, Hummmmmmm

SITE 8  - The Old Town Hall, Ford Street – Susie Losch, Swell

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Unforeseen Circumstances this artwork was not installed.

SITE 9  - The Old Police Horse Stable, Heritage Precinct – Harrie Fasher, The Space Behind

SITE 10  - Front yard of the Old Beechworth Gaol – Anthony Sawrey, De-Integration

  1. PLEASE NOTE: Due to circumstances out of our control this artwork has been removed from exhibition.
  2. The Old Stone Hall (interior), Church Street (interior) – Kate Just, Self Care Actions
  3. Christ Church Grounds, cnr Church & Ford Sts – Bruce Armstrong, Magpie
  4. The Gold Store Facade, Ford Street – Deborah Kelly, The Gods of Tiny Things & For Creation
  5. Beechworth Honey HQ, cnr Ford & Camp Sts – Liam Denny, The Trial of the Fool
  6. The Old Post Office Steps, Camp Street – Nuha Saad, Velvet Nostalgia II
  7. The Old Courthouse, Heritage Precinct – Jodie L Kipps, Sense Me, Hummmmmmm
  8. The Old Town Hall (interior), Ford Street – Susie Losch, Swell
  9. PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances this artwork could not be installed.
  10. The Old Beechworth Gaol – Anthony Sawrey, De-Integration

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

This biennial exhibition was 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 was held within the streets, alleyways, parks and buildings of the small Victorian community of Beechworth. Audiences enjoyed 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.