Burwood Art Prize 2024

Opening Night

Thursday 30 May 2024 | 6.00PM to 8.00PM 
Burwood Library and Hub, 2 Conder Street Burwood 

Open to the public and invited guests, please join us in celebrating the opening of the 2024 Burwood Art Prize. Light food and drinks will be provided by Jbeil Enfield, music by DJ Maggie Tra, live painting event with Inner West Artist Claudia Chinyere Akole well as a pop up bubble tea stand with BBT Lab.

The exhibition will be formally opened and winners announced on the night by Burwood Mayor, Cr John Faker.

Cost: $10.70 per ticket, including all food, drinks and entertainment. 

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Artwork Collection Details

All finalists for the 2024 Burwood Art Prize have now been contacted by Burwood Council.

If you have been notified by Council that you are a finalist for the exhibition, please note these collection dates and times for physical artworks:

  • Thursday 9 May 2024 between 3.00pm - 7.00pm at Burwood Library and Hub (2 Conder Street, Burwood)
  • Saturday 11 May 2024 between 11.00am - 4.00pm at Burwood Library and Hub (2 Conder Street, Burwood)

The Burwood Art Prize Exhibition, featuring all finalists and winners, will run in Burwood Library and Community Hub from 27 May 2024 - 23 June 2024


Art Prize Events

Mum, I Like This Painting (for 8 to 12-year-olds)

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 | 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 

In this fun workshop children aged 8-12 learn how to write about art, using the Burwood Art Prize exhibition as our starting point.

Participants will find an artwork they connect with and work on a short paragraph on why they love it and how it relates to their lived experiences.

A selection of their writing will be displayed alongside the artworks to be ready by the opening night of the Art Prize.

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Playtime for Grownups: Watercolour Unwinding

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 | 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 

Take a break from adulting and dust off your imagination! Join us for an evening of creating and unwinding through watercolour painting with artist Anne Kwasner as your guide.

What to Expect:

  • Draw local Burwood plants: please bring your own cuttings or pictures for inspiration.
  • Mindful watercolour techniques: enjoy the calming process.
  • All materials provided: no need to bring any drawing or painting tools!

Anne Kwasner is a multi-disciplinary artist who converses with her audience through drawing, painting, upcycled ceramics, clay and installation. Anne has over 20 years of experience teaching at universities, community colleges and disability organisations.

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Seniors Creative Club: Art Inspired Creative Writing

Friday, 31 May 2024 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Burwood Library and Hub 2 Conder Street 

Seniors are invited to explore the Burwood Art Prize exhibition and identify works of interest. We will then use these works as a starting point to develop a creative writing piece that explores the idea of legacy and your experiences in Burwood. With your consent, the writings may be published alongside the paintings in the exhibition.

Get ready for an engaging workshop:

  • Enjoy provided morning tea and engage with other creative members of the community
  • Be guided through the 2024 Burwood Art Prize and join in on a discussion about the artworks
  • Explore various writing formats including poetry, short story and reflective writing

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Key Dates

  • Entries open: Monday 13 November 2023

  • Entries close: 5pm Friday 8 March 2024

  • Finalist notified for Artwork collection for the 2024 Burwood Art Prize Exhibition: Early April 2024

  • Finalist physical artworks collected (Paintings, drawings, printed digital and photography works, printmaking works) from Burwood Library and Hub (2 Conder Street, Burwood): Thursday 9 May 2024 between 3.00pm - 7.00pm or Saturday 11 May 2024 between 11.00am - 4.00pm

  • 2024 Burwood Art Prize finalists and winners exhibition in Burwood Library and Hub: 27 May 2024 - 23 June 2024

  • 2024 Burwood Art Prize Opening night: Thursday 30 May 2024 6-8pm 

  • Finalists and Winning Artwork collection period post exhibition, from Burwood Library and Hub (2 Conder Street, Burwood): Saturday 29 June 2024 between 11.00am - 4.00pm or Thursday 4 July 2024 between 3.00pm – 7.00pm.

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
Sponsored by Crowne Plaza 

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Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork in person at the Burwood Library and Community Hub. The artwork receiving the most votes will win this award. This award will be announced at the conclusion of the 2024 Burwood Art Prize Exhibition. 

Prize pool total: $14,000.

Winners will be announced at the Burwood Art Prize Opening Night May 2024. 

Art Prize Judging Panel

Khaled Sabsabi


Khaled was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and migrated with his family to Australia in 1976. He began his creative life in the ’80s as a socially-engaged hip hop artist, then evolving in the early 2000s to develop and produce countless art presentations, locally and internationally.

Khaled sees art as an effective tool to communicate and converse with people, through a familiar language, creating immersive and engaging experiences. He has worked in detention centres, schools, prisons, refugee camps, settlements, hospitals, youth centres, galleries and public spaces in the Australian and broader international context. He makes work that questions rationales and complexities of nationhood, identity and change, with continual transfer between the material and the philosophical.

Tian Zhang


Tian Zhang is an independent curator, facilitator, writer and collaborative artist working at the intersections of art, cultural practice and social change. Her practice is underscored by conversation, criticality, solidarity and joy. She is a founding co-director of Pari, a collective-run gallery and community space for Parramatta.

Tian participated in Documenta Fifteen as co-facilitator of Gudskul's collective studies program — living, cooking, eating, cleaning and communing within the Museum Fridericianum for 50 days. Her text 'A manifesto for radical care or how to be a human in the arts' was first published online by Sydney Review of Books, with print editions by documenta fifteen’s Lumbung Press and Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada.

Marco Rinaldi

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Marco Rinaldi is an independent curator, installation artist, Founder/Co-Director of Passage Gallery, and Operations and Production Manager at Artspace, Sydney. Rinaldi has held various positions, including Creative Director of osmosis, Gallery Curator at Dominik Mersch Gallery, and Curatorial Assistant at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Across these roles, he has worked with more than 100 artists and presented over 40 exhibitions, events, listening experiences, public programs, and installations. Rinaldi holds a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership (With Excellence) from UNSW Art & Design and a Bachelor of Interior Design.

Brooke Endycott 

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Brooke has served as the Director Community Life at Burwood Council since 2020, playing a pivotal role in shaping the City’s long term vision for arts and culture and positioning Burwood as Sydney’s emerging cultural playground. With almost 20 years of experience in Local Government, including significant experience at the executive level, she holds expertise in arts and cultural planning and policy development, as well as leading the implementation of arts and cultural programming. This extends across creative events, festivals, artist development programs, exhibitions and public art initiatives aimed at promoting access and community participation in the arts.

She has also played a leading role in the development, delivery and operation of various community and cultural facilities across Sydney, including Burwood’s new Arts and Cultural Centre currently in development. 

Summary of Entry Information

Entry to the 2024 Burwood Art Prize is free

Who can enter the prize: 
The 2024 Burwood Art Prize is open to all Sydney based artists who are either Australian Citizens or permanent residents.

Entrants must be 16 years or older as well as have a Sydney residential address in one of the following Local Government areas: 

  • Bayside Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Burwood Council
  • Camden Council
  • City of Campbelltown
  • City of Canada Bay
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown
  • City of Liverpool
  • City of Parramatta
  • City of Penrith
  • City of Randwick
  • City of Ryde
  • City of Willoughby
  • City of Woollahra
  • City of Sydney
  • Cumberland City Council
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Georges River Council
  • Hornsby Shire Council
  • Hunter's Hill Council
  • Inner West Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Lane Cove Council
  • Mosman Council
  • North Sydney Council
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • Strathfield Council
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Waverley Council


Accepted artwork mediums: 

  • Painting 
  • Printmaking 
  • Drawing
  • Photography 
  • Still digital artworks (Non-moving artwork that has been created, in the main part, using computers, computer programs or processes such as digital illustrations. If artworks are AI generated or use AI technology in their creation artist must note this in the medium description.)
  • Moving digital artworks (with a maximum duration of 10mins) 


Artwork Specifications:

  • Entries must be in the form of paintings, drawing, printmaking, photography, still or moving digital artworks. Wet artworks will not be accepted.
  • Physical works must be no larger than 100cm by 100cm (including the frame) and must be no heavier than 25 kilograms.
  • All physical works must be framed and/or have a solid backing to allow for a hanging device to be screwed to the back of the artwork.
  • Still and moving digital artworks size MUST be 1080px resolution  (1920x1080). This is for inclusion on the exhibition screens. 
  • All moving digital artworks must be submitted as MOV. or MP4 file types with a maximum 10min duration.


2024 Burwood Art Prize Theme: 

Visibility, Ritual and Legacy

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

Artists are encouraged 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 are also invited to consider how each of these themes may connect or disconnect with their personal practice, experience, surroundings or environment.

This year Council is celebrating 150 years since the formation of the Burwood Municipality. We will explore the themes of visibility, ritual and legacy through our public programs, which accompany the Burwood Art Prize finalist exhibition. As we reflect on our past, present and future, we invite you to reflect on how these themes have shaped you.

Exhibition & Judging Process: 

  • All Council approved entries will be initially judged online by the 2024 Judging Panel using the image submitted with artists entry forms to select finalists.  
  • Only finalists will then be collected by Council in the Burwood Library and Community Hub for the Panel to determine winning entries in person.
  • All finalists and winning entries will be displayed in the Burwood Art Prize Exhibition in the Burwood Library and Community Hub. 

Please see the Key Dates tab for information around artwork collection periods and the dates for the Burwood Art Prize Exhibition. 

2024 Burwood Art Prize - Terms and Conditions of Entry(PDF, 366KB)

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


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