In 2018, the Alice Prize will celebrate its 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork, of $40,000.

The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.

Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history.

Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.


Important Dates

  • Entries closed for $40,000 Alice Prize on February 16
  • Following the selection process in February 2018 artists will be advised of the outcome by email and a list of artists selected for the Alice Prize will be posted on the Alice Prize website.
  • Official Opening & announcement of Winner Fri 27 April 2018 6pm at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Exhibition Dates Sat 28 April to  Mon 17 June


judge of the 2018 The Alice Prize art awardThe judge of the 40th Alice Prize will be Brian Ritchie, MONA FOMA curator and Violent Femmes bass player.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to judge the Alice Prize. It’s a venerable and inclusive initiative. Alice is one of the most stunning areas in Australia. I have grown fond of it over the past years due to Bush Bands Bash. The people are wonderful and it’s a power spot for art.”

Selection Panel

The selection panel for 2018 will be:

  • Kelli Cole, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia
  • Cassandra Lehman, Brisbane-based arts consultant and curator and former coordinator of the Alice Prize
  • Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art, MAGNT

Peoples’ Choice Award

Successful applicants whose works are exhibited will also be eligible to win the $1000 Peoples Choice Award.

The Alice Prize gratefully acknowledges our supporters: