We request expressions of interest from artists who wish to enter the Hall & Wilcox Art Exhibition and Acquisition Program.
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Through the Hall & Wilcox Art Exhibition and Acquisition Program, we support emerging Australian artists who embrace a variety of materials and technologies and respond to different cultural contexts in their works and artistic expression.
Each year, we host exhibitions across our national offices. Each exhibition has a launch event that allows the featured artists to share their works with our clients, friends and staff who are potential buyers of the artworks.
One piece from each exhibition will be acquired by us and named as a finalist for the Hall & Wilcox Art Prize. All acquired pieces will be displayed in our meeting rooms and client spaces until the announcement of the winner of the Hall & Wilcox Art Prize at the launch of the first exhibition of the following year.
For more information about the Art Prize and submissions, read below.
About the Hall & Wilcox Art Prize
The Hall & Wilcox Art Prize is a national award given to one emerging Australian artist each year. The winning piece will be selected from the pool of finalists selected at each of the exhibitions hosted by Hall & Wilcox across Australia.
The Hall & Wilcox Art Prize will be awarded by Hall & Wilcox’s Art Committee and announced at the launch event for the first exhibition of the following year.
Throughout the year, the winning artwork will be featured as part of our art exhibits and displayed prominently in our offices with a plaque and details of the artist.
Who should submit
As a program that has been established to support emerging Australian artists, we are looking for expressions of interest from Australian artists working in any medium who are not represented by any gallery or agent, and have had less than two solo exhibits.
What to submit
Please note that this call for expressions of interest is a request for qualifications only, and not for specific works for the exhibition.
To express interest, please provide:
- a professional history of up to 250 words
- an artist statement including
- a brief description of your style and medium of work
- any particular artistic genre you identify with
- estimated wall size or space required for your works
- JPEG images of the work to be exhibited or examples of other work indicative of the style and standard of work proposed (between 5-10 images)
- indicative pricing of your works. The prize is aimed at emerging artists and so, as a guide, pieces should be priced below $3000. Sales are more likely where pieces are priced between $200 and $1000, and
- details of the hanging or display requirements for your works.
How will submissions be evaluated?
Submissions will be reviewed and assessed by Hall & Wilcox’s Art Committee, with a particular focus on supporting emerging artists who:
- would most benefit from the exposure offered by the Art Exhibition and Acquisition Program
- embrace different media, materials and technologies, and
- respond to different cultural contexts through their works and artistic expression.
Following the Committee’s review of submissions, selected artists may be invited to attend a briefing at Hall & Wilcox to discuss their submission.
Exhibiting as part of the Art Exhibition and Acquisition Program
Once artists have been selected for inclusion in the Art Exhibition and Acquisition Program, the Hall & Wilcox Art Committee will advise them of the proposed dates of the exhibition and provide details of the other artists who will also be exhibiting.
The Hall & Wilcox Art Committee will then work with the artists to identify works for inclusion in the exhibition. At each exhibition we aim to show approximately 5-10 works per artist (depending on size and style of work).
All works included in an exhibition must be for available sale during the exhibition, with all proceeds of sales going to the artist.
Generally each exhibition runs for six to eight weeks. (Please note that the Newcastle exhibition runs for approximately one week.) The exhibitions are held in Hall & Wilcox’s offices.
Hall & Wilcox assistance
Hall & Wilcox will prepare promotional material and a catalogue for each exhibition.
To mark the beginning of each exhibition, Hall & Wilcox will host a launch event at which:
- Hall & Wilcox will invite staff and clients with an interest in art acquisition
- each artist can invite up to five guests, and
- a Hall & Wilcox representative will introduce the artists, who in turn will be invited to make a short presentation about their work.
Hall & Wilcox will also provide up to $1500 in financial assistance for each exhibition (to be allocated among the exhibiting artists at Hall & Wilcox’s discretion). The financial assistance will include the pickup and delivery costs for all works and, on proof of payment, reimbursement for expenses incurred by the artists in preparing for the exhibition (e.g. purchasing of paint and canvases).
Each exhibiting artist must ensure that:
- all works to be exhibited are to be delivered to our office the week before the exhibit
- they promptly provide all information, images and other material required by Hall & Wilcox for the production of the exhibition catalogue and promotional material
- all artwork is set, dry and ready for display
- all hanging works are fitted with D Rings suitable for the display using Hall & Wilcox’s wire and hooks tracking system, and
- they are responsible for the packing of their artwork for transportation to and from our offices, before and after the exhibition.