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The Inaugural Mission to Seafarers
NEWCASTLE MARITIME ART PRIZE

Connecting Communities, Port and People
Thursday 23 March – Sunday 2 April 2023

2023 Theme

Newcastle, sailing through past, present and future


Vision

The Newcastle Mission to Seafarers is celebrating its 150th anniversary connecting communities, port and people. To celebrate, the Mission will hold the Newcastle Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize 2023.

Our hope is that the Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize 2023 will provide an opportunity to showcase Newcastle’s interaction with the maritime industry, highlight the importance of the Port of Newcastle to our city, and raise awareness of the role of the Mission to Seafarers.

$10,800
Total Prize Money


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The exhibition will be held at The Mission to Seafarers Newcastle: 96 Hannell Street, Wickham, 2293

CATEGORIES:

The Newcastle Maritime Art Prize has six categories, supporting eight awards. 

Please submit your entries early as we will only be accepting a total of 200 entries for categories 1-3.

Best in Show $5000 Acquisitive Prize
People’s Choice $1000 Prize

CAT 1: $1500 Newcastle MTS Open Award

CAT 2 :$1000 Indigenous Artist Award 

CAT 3: $1000 Seafarer / Port Worker Artist Award 

CAT 4: $500 High School Students Artists Award

CAT 5: $500 Primary School Students Class / School Artist Award

 CAT 6: $100 Primary School Student Artist Award (Three $100 vouchers will be awarded to three students)

Maritime Art Prize

Dates

Exhibition Dates

Exhibition Opening Night
6pm, Thursday March 23rd

Exhibition Public Viewing
March 24th – April 2nd 
10am-4pm each day

Artist Dates

Entries Open
November 7th 2022 to 5pm March 1st 2023

Delivery dates
Sunday 19th – Monday 20th March
9:00am – 4:30pm

Collection dates
Sunday 2nd April 2023 4pm to 6pm
Monday 3rd April 2023 9am to 5pm

Maritime Art Prize

CATEGORIES

The Newcastle Mission to Seafarers (MTS) Maritime Art Prize has six (6) categories, supporting the following eight (8) awards and ten (10) prizes. The Best in Show prize of $5,000 is acquisitive and the winning Artwork will become the property of the Port of Newcastle. The remaining prizes are not acquisitive.

You can only enter once, in one category (unless you are a NSW Primary School submitting multiple entries in Category 5).

Main Prize : Judged as the best painting in the show the winning painting will not be eligible for any other prize.

$5000  Best in Show Acquisitive Prize

An acquisitive prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the Artwork, entered in any category, judged to be ‘Best in Show’ by the judges. The winner of the Best in Show prize will not be eligible for any other prizes, including the Peoples’ Choice Award.  The winning Artwork will become the property of the Port of Newcastle.

$1000  People’s Choice Prize

A prize $1,000 will be awarded to the Peoples’ Choice winner. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be decided by those attending the exhibition who chose to submit a vote (each attendee will be asked to submit only one vote). Voting for the Peoples’ Choice Award will close on 2 April 2023, 2pm and the winner will be announced on 2 April 2023, 4pm. The winner of the Best in Show Acquisition prize of $5,000 will not be eligible for this Prize.

Category 1: $1500   Newcastle MTS Open Award
  • This category is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • A prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the winner of this category. 
  • The winner of the Best in Show Acquisitive Prize will not be eligible for this prize.
  • An online application form must be completed.
  • A non-refundable entry fee payment of $35 (including GST) must be paid.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition or sale by MTS (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 
Category 2: $1000 Indigenous Artist Award
  • This category is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artists living in NSW over the age of 18.
  • A prize $1,000 will be awarded to the winner of this category. 
  • The winner of the Best in Show Acquisitive Prize will not be eligible for this prize.
  • An online application form must be completed, including a declaration that the applicant is eligible to enter this category (see Terms and Conditions for further information).
  • A Non-refundable entry fee of $35 (including GST) must be paid.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition or sale by MTS (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 
Category 3: $1000 Seafarers / Port Workers Artist Award
  • This category is open to past or present Seafarers and Port workers living in NSW over the age of 18.
  • A prize $1,000 will be awarded to the winner of this category. 
  • The winner of the Best in Show Acquisitive Prize will not be eligible for this prize.
  • An online application form must be completed, including a declaration that the applicant is eligible to enter this category (see Terms and Conditions for further information).
  • A Non-refundable entry fee of $35 (including GST) must be paid.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition or sale by MTS (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 
Category 4: High School Student Artist Award: $500
  • This category is open to students enrolled in a NSW High School.
  • A prize $500 will be awarded to the winner of this category. 
  • The winner of the Best in Show Acquisitive Prize will not be eligible for this prize.
  • An online application form must be completed including a declaration that the student is eligible to enter this category. If the student is under the online application must be completed by their parent / guardian. 
  • Entry is free.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition if selected to be the “Best in Show Prize” (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 
Category 5: $500 Primary School Award (class or group entries)
  • All entries in this category must be submitted by a NSW Primary School on behalf of a group of five (5) or more students who attend that school.
  • A NSW Primary School may submit more than one entry in this category, on behalf of different student groups within its school. For example, MTS is hoping they receive bundles of Artworks from different classrooms at the same NSW Primary School. However, a NSW Primary School can only submit one (1) entry on behalf of each student group (eg. each class can only submit one entry).
  • The group of students can choose whether to:
    – enter a single Artwork that they have made together (maximum size 1.4m x 1.4m), or
    – enter individual Artworks (maximum size A4), which we will grouped together for judging. 
  • A prize of $500 will be awarded to the Primary School (not the students) who wins this category.
  • An online application form must be completed by the NSW Primary School, including a declaration that the class or school is eligible to enter this category.
  • The NSW Primary School making the entry is responsible to satisfy parent/guardian consent requirements.
  • Entry is free.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition if selected to be the “Best in Show Prize” (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 

Category 6: $100 Voucher Primary Student Artists Award
  • This category is open to students enrolled in a NSW Primary School.
  • Three (3) prizes of $100 vouchers will be awarded to the three (3) winners of this category.
  • An online application form must be completed by the student’s parent or guardian and must include a declaration that the student is eligible to enter this category. 
  • Entry is free.
  • Artworks entered in this category must be available for acquisition if selected to be the “Best in Show Prize” (see Terms and Conditions for further information). 

Please contact Newcastle Mission to Seafarers at mtsart@mtsnewcastle.org.au if you have any questions in relation to the above categories.

Copies of the Maritime Art Prize Application form and the Maritime Art Prize – Parental/Guardian Consent Form.docx can be found at https://www.mtsnewcastle.org.au/art 

The information above in relation to categories is to be read in conjunction with the following Terms and Conditions and to the extent of any discrepancy, the Terms and Conditions will prevail.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

The exhibition will be held at The Mission to Seafarers Newcastle.
96 Hannell Street, Wickham, New South Wales 2293

Newcastle Mission to Seafarers (MTS) will use its best endeavours to ensure that these terms and conditions are complied with.

Artwork
  • Artworks entered in the MTS Maritime Art Prize (Artworks) must reflect the theme: Newcastle, sailing through past, present and future. Artists will have to provide a short statement explaining how their Artwork responds to the theme.
  • The Artwork must be two dimensional and able to be hung on a wall without protruding more than 10cm.  
  • Artworks may include painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, drawing or another medium other than photography and entirely digital works. 
  • Overall dimensions of the Artwork including framing, do not exceed 140cm high x 140cm wide (noting the A4 limits for a Primary School student submitting work as part of a group in Category 5 and 6).
  • Artworks may be single or multi-piece as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit (multi piece proposals must be accompanied by a clear image of the assembled work and handing instructions).
  • The weight of the Artwork must not exceed 15kg.
  • Artworks must be original and must not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party. 
  • Artworks must have been created in the two years prior to 23 March 2023.
  • Artworks must be professionally presented, dry (paint) and clearly labelled on the back and ready to hang with secure hardware. D Rings and hanging wires. 
  • Artworks framed under Perspex should be clearly marked for cleaning purposes. Artworks must not have been exhibited (in any form – digitally or physically) as a finalist in another art prize.
  • In relation to Categories 1-4 and 6, the entrant must be the owner of the Artwork. 
  • In relation to Category 5, the NSW Primary School must have all relevant permission secured prior to submitting an Artwork on behalf of a student or student group (eg. class, year etc). 
  • All entrants retain copyright in their Artwork and all information and images submitted. 
  • Artworks in Categories 1-4 must be submitted ready to install and must have D rings or hanging fixtures attached. 
  • All Artworks must be clearly labelled with Artist name, title of Artwork, medium , category entered and, for categories 1-3, the sale price. 
  • Artworks that are not to be photographed must be clearly labelled and a pastedGraphic.png will be placed near the Artwork when hung (photography will be allowed at the Finalist exhibition.
Entrants
  • MTS Employees and Board members, volunteers, judges of the MTS Maritime Art Prize 2023, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Maritime Art Award.
  • Entrants submitting Artworks in Category 2 warrant that their work does not infringe any laws including and that they have obtained full consent regarding any First Nations knowledge or intellectual property within their work from relevant communities whose work contains Indigenous culture for intellectual property.
  • Except for Category 5, only individuals will be able to enter the MTS Maritime Art Prize 2023.
  • Entrant agrees to any embargo applicable to the finalist exhibition and/or winner announcement. The winning entrant must not disclose his/her/their identity during the embargo period.
  • MTS will always attribute the artist as the author of the work. Full details of the work may be used at MTS’ discretion.
  • MTS will not make any changes or alterations to an entrants Artwork, statement or bio without an entrant’s prior written consent, and will treat the entrants work with integrity.
Entries
  • Entries open on 7 November 2022, 9am and will close strictly on 1 March 2023, 5pm OR when we have received 200 entries, whichever comes first. The total sum of entries from categories one, two, three and four is 200.
  • Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.  
  • An entry fee of AUD $35.00 (inc. GST) must be paid for entry of an Artwork into Categories 1,2 and 3 and is non-refundable. Payments must be made online at the time the application is submitted. At its sole discretion the MTS may accept payment via a different method if an applicant is unable to make an online application.
  • Entries for categories 1,2 and 3 that are not accompanied by payment will not be considered valid entries. 
  • All entries successfully received by the online application will be acknowledged (if you do not receive an acknowledgement or are having trouble making an entry, please call 46615007 or email mtsart@mtsnewcastle.org.au.
  • If an entrant is asked to provide evidence of their eligibility to enter a particular category, and is unable to do so, their entry will be considered invalid (any application fee received will be refunded on request). 
  • If an entry is found to be invalid after winners of prizes have been announced, the entrant will be disqualified, the prize will be revoked, and a new winner will be announced.
Acquisition
  • All Artworks in Categories 1-6 must be available to be acquired by MTS if the entrant is awarded the Best in Show acquisitive prize of $5,000 (incl GST).
Sale of Artworks by Finalists in Categories 1-3
  • All entries in Categories 1-3 must be available for sale and must remain available for sale for the period of the exhibition. 
  • Artists who set a sale price of more than $5,000 (inc. GST), fully recognise that if they win the Best in Show Prize, (which is acquisitive) they will only receive a maximum of $5,000 in prize money.
  • MTS will manage sales enquires (unless otherwise negotiated by the artist due to their representation by a registered dealer).
  • A 20% commission will be deducted from the artists nominated sale price. 
  • Artists will be paid for any sold Artwork within 14 days of full payment by the purchaser.
  • Sold Artworks are to remain in the exhibition until it ends on 2 April 2023, 4pm.

Judging – selection of winners for each category
  • The judges will be: Ms Jo Chisholm-Ray, Director of Cstudios Art Gallery, and Dr Trevor Weekes, Artist and Educator; and a representative from the Port of Newcastle.
  • The judges, including the number of judges, may be changed by MTS without notice.
  • The winners of each category will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection.

Exhibition
  • The hanging of Artworks in the Maritime Art Prize 2023 exhibition is at the sole discretion of MTS. Artworks may not be exhibited if the images submitted earlier are not an adequate representation of the actual work received, the work is in not in a condition for public exhibition submitted or for any other reason. 
  • All Artwork must be available for display at MTS, between Thursday, 23 March 2023 – 4:00pm Sunday, 2 April 2023.
  • Artwork must be delivered, at the entrant’s expense, to the Mission to Seafarers Building, 96 Hannell Street, Wickham, New South Wales 2293, by no later than Monday, 20 March 2023, 4.30pm.
  • Finalists must acknowledge that their Artwork statement and bio, submitted as provided as part of the entry to Maritime Art Prize 2023, may be used by MTS for the purposes of education, publicity and promotion.
  • Adequate precautions must be taken in packing of works as no responsibility will be taken for damaged or lost works in transit. Packaging must be suitable for return. 
  • Finalists will be responsible for all transit insurance.
  • MTS will exercise professional care of exhibited Artworks. 
  • Neither MTS nor its employees or representatives will accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused, to any artwork whilst in their custody.
  • Where reasonable winners of prizes will make themselves available for marketing and media opportunities in relation to the promotion of the exhibition, at the invitation of MTS, if given reasonable notice.
  • Winners of prizes grant to MTS (and its supporter, the Port of Newcastle ) a fee-free, non-commercial, non-exclusive licence for 2 years to reproduce the submitted work in material form, to photograph, publish and/or communicate it to the public, for the following Prize-related purposes: marketing, publicity, educational and publication uses for the MTS Maritime Art Prize and its exhibition in all media, including but not limited to electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media and anything incidental to such purposes including visitor social media use. Photography within the exhibition will be allowed unless specified by the artist. Artworks that are not to be photographed will be clearly labelled.
  • Finalists grant to MTS a perpetual licence for its archival purposes.
  • At the conclusion of the exhibition the Artwork (other than the winner and any sold during the course of the exhibition) will be returned to the entrant at the entrant’s expense.

Advertising & Promotion
  • The Newcastle Maritime Art Prize 2023 will be widely advertised and promoted through both print and digital media.
  • Artists will be credited in all promotional activities where artwork images are reproduced. 

Return of Artworks
  • Collection of all unsold works at the conclusion of the Exhibition is the responsibility of the artist. Works must be collected on Sunday, 2 April 2023 between 4:30pm – 6:30pm or on Monday, 3 April 2023, 9am-4:30pm. 
  • An artist’s signed authority is required if an agent of the artist is collecting. 
  • Artists dispatching works by Courier to a nominated return address must contact the mtsart@mtsnewcastle.org.au prior to the closure of the exhibition to confirm details. 
  • All pre-paid couriered Artworks will be repackaged in their original wrappings at the closure of the Exhibition ready to be collected – artists must supply return shipping details (including a return address) with their artwork. It is the responsibility of the artist to ensure works are professionally and securely packaged for transport/delivery and have glass taped and corners protected.
  • If works are not collected within two (2) weeks of final collection date of Monday, 3 April 2023,   5pm, it will be treated at the discretion of the MTS.

Entry Form

How do I enter

Please carefully read the Categories and Prizes Information (above) and the Terms and Conditions (above) before deciding to submit an entry.

You can only enter once, in one category (unless you are a NSW Primary School submitting multiple entries in Category 5)

If you would like to enter an Artwork in the MTS Maritime Art Prize 2023, you must send an online application to https://mtsnewcastle.org.au . At its sole discretion the MTS may accept an application on paper if an applicant is unable to make an online application.

The online application asks the following: 

  1. Your name
  2. Which category you are entering
  3. at least one image of the Artwork (and no more than 3 images) – images should be no larger than 2MB,
  4. an Artist’s Statement of no more than 200 words that must explain the connection of the Artwork to the theme Newcastle, sailing through past, present and future,
  5. One of the following declaration:
  • If the entrant is over18, ‘I have read and understood the Terms & Conditions and the information provided on the Categories and Prizes. I declare I am eligible to enter my Artwork in the category I have entered (and will provide evidence of this, if requested, when I deliver my Artwork to MTS or at any other time). I confirm I am over 18’,
  • If the entrant is under 18 and entering category 4 or 6, ‘I am the parent/guardian of the child who is under 18 and has my permission to enter this Artwork in the Maritime Art Prize. I have read and understood the Terms & Conditions and the information provided on the Categories and Prizes. I declare that this child is eligible, to enter the category they have entered (and I will provide evidence of this, if requested, when I deliver my Artwork to MTS or at any other time). 
  • If a NSW Primary School is making an entry into category 5. ‘ ‘I am an authorised representative of a NSW Primary School. I have read and understood the Terms & Conditions and the information provided on the Categories and Prizes. I declare that the school has obtained all necessary permissions from parents / guardians prior to submitting this entry in the Maritime Art Prize. I declare that this group of children is eligible to enter category 5 (and I will provide evidence of this, if requested, when I deliver the Artwork(s) to MTS or at any other time).

At the time of making your online application, you will need to pay any applicable entry fee.  If an applicable application fee is not paid, the application will not be valid.

All applications will be acknowledged on receipt (if you don’t receive an acknowledgement, please contact mtsart@mtsnewcastle.org.au).

All Artworks need to be delivered by the artist (or parent/guardian or school representative) to MTS at 96 Hannell Street, Wickham for judging between Sunday, 19 March 2023  – Monday, 20 March 2023, 9am – 4.30pm. 

All Art is to be collected following the exhibition by the artist by the artist (or parent/guardian or school representative), from Sunday, 2 April 2023, 4pm to 6pm) and Monday, 3 April 2023, 9am to 5pm.

Please contact Mission to Seafarers (MTS) on 49615007 or at mtsart@mtsnewcastle.org.au if you have any questions.

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The MTS Maritime Art Prize Committee would like to acknowledge our very generous major sponsor