Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Art Writing Prize

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The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Art Writing Prize is an award for visual art writing in Western Australia. The prize is open to all, including UWA students, Westerly subscribers and the wider community.

It is intended to encourage creative and scholarly responses by emerging writers to exhibitions and art exhibited at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, including works from the Berndt Museum, the UWA Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.


The winner will receive $1,000 and have their winning essay published in Westerly* and on our website.

The winner will also have the opportunity to participate in UWA Publishing creative writing masterclasses during WINTERarts 2020 (July) and receive a copy of a recent UWA Publishing art publication.


Essays should address one or more artworks or exhibitions presented at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery during the year of the competition.

Submissions should be a maximum of 1500 words.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Originality of ideas
  • Quality of writing
  • Engagement with the artworks/ exhibitions
  • Ability to engage the reader


Entries must be received at the Gallery by 29 November 2019.

Applicants must include the following submission form with their entry:

Submissions can be emailed to and posted/delivered to:

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Art Writing Prize
c/o Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
The University of Western Australia (M001)
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 Australia


The winner will be announced in March 2020 and the essay published in the July 2020 edition of Westerly and on the LWAG website. UWA Publishing will invite the winner to participate in each writing masterclass conducted during WINTERarts 2020 and provide the winner with a copy of a recent UWA Publishing art publication.

Judging Panel

  • Westerly Editor, Catherine Noske
  • UWA Publishing Director, Terri-ann White
  • Visual Art Educator or Curator appointed by LWAG

The Art Writing Prize is a campus partnership between Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Westerly and UWA Publishing.

*Westerly editors reserve the right not to publish. Where appropriate, and with relevant copyright approvals, accompanying images will be reproduced with the essay. 


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