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2017 Hedland Art Awards

About 2017 Hedland Art Awards

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 Pilbara Development Commission and Town of Port Hedland. Artists from the Pilbara, Kimberley, Gascoyne, Mid West and Goldfields-Esperance regions to be 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! You can have breakfast with our judges on Saturday 7 October and have a special guided walk-through of the exhibition – check out our public program for more details.

Judge Profile
Dr Ric Spencer With a Doctorate in Creative Arts, Ric Spencer is a curator, academic, arts writer and artist in his own right. His more recent posts include arts critic for The West Australian and lecturer at Curtin University. Ric has exhibited in Australia, Asia and the UK and has been published Australian, UK and American journals
Emilia Galatis Freelance writer and curator Emilia Galatis has accrued extensive experience working with Indigenous artists and art centres both as manager of Warakurna Artists in the Great Victorian Desert, and as curator of Fremantle Arts Centre’s Revealed exhibitions.
Tarryn Gill Multi-disciplinary artist Tarryn Gill has exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as received numerous accolades such as the 2016 Bankwest Art Award. Tarryn’s work spans photography and three-dimensional media. Her unique, other-worldly sculptures often incorporate textiles, lighting and sound components to wield immersive, theatrical experiences. Tarryn is no stranger to the Pilbara; in 2013 she completed a residency in Marble Bar, resulting in the group exhibition Bedazzle, which toured to the Courthouse Gallery.


Thanks to everyone who entered in this year’s awards! We received over 100 entries, with an increase in the Youth Award category which we’re incredibly excited about. We look forward to receiving all artworks over the next fortnight, and watch this space for the announcement of finalists in October.


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 $1,000



Stay tuned for the release of the 2017 Hedland Art Awards public program which includes an Artists Camp, Family Fun Day and judges breakfast.

2017 Hedland Art Awards partners and sponsors



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

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