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Basil Sellers Art Prize

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is an acquisitive biennial competition celebrating and awarding artistic excellence and creative practice. Offering a prize pool of over $30,000 our prize champions 2D artworks in traditional mediums of painting, drawing, and printmaking (unique state).

Finalists from across Australia vie for the coveted $25,000 acquisitive award generously supported by Mr. Basil Sellers AM. The Eurobodalla Prize offers $5,000 in recognition of an outstanding local entry.

At the Bas, we recognise the significant investment of time, energy, money, and skill artists pour into art prizes even before their work is selected for exhibition. With this understanding, we are dedicated to making our prize as artist-friendly as possible. We acknowledge that exceptional art knows no boundaries. Artists from any background or region across Australia are encouraged to enter regardless of industry experience or prominence.

Save the dates

  • Call for entries opens: 15 July 2024
  • Call for entries closes: 27 September 2024
  • Opening and winners' announcement: 6 December 2024
  • Exhibition: 7 December 2024 to 2 February 2025

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions will be available on 15 July 2024.

History of the prize

The Basil Sellers Art Prize was founded in 2004 by businessman, philanthropist and art collector Mr Basil Sellers AM. Through a chance connection to Moruya, Mr Sellers developed a long and fruitful partnership with the Shire that has supported Eurobodalla’s artistic community in a meaningful way.

In 2018, a new award sponsored by Eurobodalla Shire Council was introduced to the art prize. The Eurobodalla Prize of $5,000 honours a local entry into the prize and the work is acquired for the Council’s permanent collection.

2022 prize winners

Michael Thomson was the winner of the 2022 Basil Sellers Art Prize with his work titled An Encounter on the Path that Leads to the River. Thomson receives $25,000 and his winning work was acquired by Mr Basil Sellers AM.

Gillian Wilde was the 2022 Eurobodalla Prize winner with her work Glory Going. Wilde received $5,000 and the opportunity for a solo exhibition in the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre 2023 program.

Jane Millington was the recipient of the $500 People's Choice Award for her work titled Storms Don't Last Forever.

2022 virtual exhibition tour

Past winners

BSAP past winners include some of the most outstanding artists from the region whose practices traverse a number of mediums.

  • 2020: Peter Matthew Yates - Connection
  • 2018: Anh Nguyen – Jamboree Mornings
  • 2016: Merryn Sommerville – Ghosts I’ve met
  • 2014: Susan Chancellor – The family lounge
  • 2012: Frances Luke – Mossy Point Headland 1
  • 2010: Stan Squires – Pambula river mouth
  • 2008: Kerry Johns – Lilli Pilli
  • 2006: Jennifer Hawkins – …and on that day they shall rise up…
  • 2004: Sue Christie – Life chaos and everything

More information

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