Burwood Art Prize 2023

Burwood Art Prize Finalists Exhibition is open from 22 May - 18 June in The HUB during Burwood Library Operational Hours 

Winners for the Burwood Art Prize, Burwood Local Prize and Burwood Youth Prize will be announced after Thursday 25 May 2023.

Visibility, Ritual, Legacy

The Burwood Art Prize invited artists across Sydney to engage, consider and reflect upon one or more of the following themes: Visibility, Ritual, Legacy. Each theme could be examined and negotiated in a literal, abstract, formal and informal sense.

Artists were encouraged artists to see these themes as lenses through which their art can be perceived by different people in different ways. A portal and invitation for our audiences to explore broader ideas around identity, community, culture and personal experience. Artists were also invited to consider how each of these themes may connect or disconnect with their personal practice, experience, surroundings or environment. 

Please be advised that the exhibition contains artworks which reference abuse, self-harm and artworks which contain nudity. Signage is provided throughout the exhibition and exhibition catalogue noting which areas contain these works. 


Burwood Art Prize People's Choice Award

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite artwork; at the conclusion of the exhibition the artwork with the highest number of votes will receive $1,000 in prize money. Voting closes 5PM Sunday 18 June. 

Vote now for People's Choice


Burwood Art Prize Public Programs 

Running throughout the Art Prize Exhibition (22 May - 18 June), designed to stimulate your creativity, calm your senses and engage with art in a meaningful way; please see the full Burwood Art Prize Program to book in for a workshop or activity

Book now for a Workshop or Activity

Artwork Sales

For enquires into artwork sales please email: Arts@burwood.nsw.gov.au with the name of the artist and artwork. Council will provide the contact details of the artist but will not enter into or oversee artwork sales. 


Art Prize Catalogue

To view the 2023 Burwood Art Prize Catalogue please click here(PDF, 9MB)

Prize Prize Pool

Burwood Art Prize (open to all Sydney entrants)
$10,000 acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.
The Burwood Art Prize is acquisitive, meaning the winning artwork in this category will become the property of Burwood Council.

Burwood Local Prize (Burwood LGA residents only)
$1,500 non-acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.

Burwood Youth Prize (open to all Sydney entranced aged 16-20 only)
$1,500 non-acquisitive
Selected by the judging panel.

Burwood People’s Choice Prize (open to all entrants)
$1,000 non-acquisitive
Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork through an online portal. The artwork receiving the most votes will win this award. This award will be announced at the conclusion of the 2023 Burwood Art Prize Exhibition. 

Prize pool total: $14,000.

Winners will be announced at the Burwood Art Prize Opening Night in May 2023. 

Art Prize Judging Panel

Owen Leong

Owen Leong is a contemporary artist working with sculpture, photography, video and performance. He uses personal mythologies to explore systems of power, culture and representation. His artworks employ forces of creation and destruction to investigate the cyclical nature of order and chaos, and to reflect more universal aspects of human nature. 

Leong’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Monash Gallery of Art; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Singapore Art Museum; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; and the National Museum of Poznan, Poland. His work is held in the public collections of the Australia Council for the Arts, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, Murray Art Museum Albury, Newcastle Art Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection UK, and private collections in Australia and internationally.



Reina Brigette Takeuchi

Reina Brigette Takeuchi is a Japanese Australian artist-researcher, curator and dance maker interested in cross-cultural exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration. Influenced by her experiences living peripatetically across East and Southeast Asia during her youth, Takeuchi uses an auto-ethnographic approach to her art/performance processes.

Reina has exhibited internationally and has performed for Ars Electronica Festival, SomoS Arts Berlin, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Late program. Her writing has been featured in Delving into Dance, 4A Papers and Kill Your Darlings; and was awarded the 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Prize in Non-fiction. She is currently a PhD candidate at QUT, focusing on Asian Australian performance for her research project Countermoves of the Transcultural.



Donita Hulme

Donita currently works as Program Producer- Pacific at the Museum of Applied Arts And Sciences (MAAS). The proud daughter of English and Fijian migrants and a champion for arts and creativity in her community, Donita has undertaken cultural engagement and producer projects with Penrith City Council and Campbelltown Arts Centre. 

Donita has previously lead the ERA YALOVATA NA MARAMA program for The Veiqia Project; a ground-breaking international collaborative whose Western Sydney work connects Fijian women of all ages with contemporary female artists, rich cultural knowledge, and the reclaimed awareness of traditional Fijian female tattooing. Donita is an active member of the Pasifika community, previously sitting on the boards of both the NSW Council for Pacific Communities and the Fiji Youth Initiative (FYI).



To view previous Burwood Art Prize Winners, Judging panels and Catalogues please click here.

For further enquiries, please email arts@burwood.nsw.gov.au.