FORM and the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery is proud to present the 2017 Hedland Art Awards in partnership with principal partners BHP, and supporting partners Town of Port Hedland, Pilbara Development Commission, Pilbara Ports Authority and the Port Hedland International Airport. Artists from the Pilbara, Kimberley, Gascoyne, Mid West and Goldfields-Esperance regions are in the running for over $100,000 in prizes.

The Hedland Art Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in Western Australia, providing regional artists exposure to a national audience and giving new and upcoming artists opportunities to develop their work.

2017 Hedland Art Awards key dates

Entries open Thursday 13 July 2017
Entry forms due Friday 25 August 2017
Artwork submissions due Friday 16 September 2017
Preselection process Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September 2017
Awards presentation and opening night Friday 6 October 2017

Judges selected for 2017 Hedland Art Awards

The judging panel for this year’s Hedland Art Awards have been announced – read our media release for details. You can have breakfast with our judges on Saturday 7 October and have a special guided walk-through of the exhibition; breakfast is from 9am at the gallery gardens and the walk-through will start at 10am. No RSVP is required – simply turn up and enjoy the morning!


Award Category Cash prize
Most Outstanding Work $30,000
Best Work by an Indigenous Artist $20,000
Best Work by a non-Indigenous Artist $20,000
Kathy Donnelly Award $10,000
Best Work in a Medium other than Painting $8,000
Best Sculptural Work $8,000
Youth Award (under 25) $2,500
Encouragement Award $2,000
People’s Choice Award



We have released our 2017 Hedland Art Awards public program which includes after dark artist battles, a pinata party, family fun in the sun, studio visits, a painting workshop and a weekend artist camp in Dampier and the Burrup Peninsula. Click the image below to view and download a copy of the program.

Image credit: Mark Lobo

Image credit: Mark Lobo

Image gallery: 2016 Hedland Art Awards, opening night. Photographs by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM, 2016.

2017 Hedland Art Awards Sponsors

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