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!
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.