25 under 25 Art Award

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25under25 Art Award | 2019 Applications

Now in its eight year, the City of Fremantle 25under25 Art Award continues to provide quality exhibition experience to early career artists and to celebrate the strength and vibrancy that young artists bring to the WA creative community. The Award is open to all West Australian artists aged 14 to 25 years.


First Prize | $1,500 cash prize and a four-week residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre

Highly Commended | $500 cash prize and a portfolio mentorship

People’s Choice Award | Art materials prize pack


The 25 selected finalists will exhibit their artworks at The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery from 28th September – 6th October 2019. Prize winners will be announced on opening night, Friday 27th September 2019.


Applications open: Monday 27 May 2019

Applications close: 5pm, Monday 29th July 2019

A panel of three art industry judges will select 25 finalists to exhibit in September 2019. All entrants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of August 2019.  

Information on how to apply is listed on the next page and if you have any questions about your application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with 25under25 Coordinator Sheridan Coleman at sheridanc@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Please note: Successful applicants are required to drop off and pick up their artwork from The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle on the following dates:

Drop-off | Wednesday 25th September 8am – 4pm or Thursday 26th September 8am – 12pm

Pick Up | Tuesday 8th October 8am – 4pm


Here are some items you should prepare before applying:

1. Select your best artwork for entry. All mediums are welcome.

2. Include up to 3 high-res (1-4MB) images of your artwork. There should be at least one photo of the whole work and as well as some showing close up details.

3. You will need to provide a short biography which includes some background on your art making.

Please note:

1. Incomplete or late entries will not be considered.

2. Each artist may enter one artwork only. Diptych or multi-part artworks are acceptable: these will be judged and displayed as one single artwork.

3. All artworks are displayed at the discretion of the curator, taking into account the wishes of the artist and potential space limitations in the gallery.

4. Exhibiting artists may list their artwork for sale or NFS (not for sale) at their discretion. All artwork sales are to be privately arranged between the buyer and artist.




25 under 25 2018 Art Award

View the catalogue for the 25 under 25 2018 Art Award here.

This year's first prize was won by Emerson Lamond with his video installation Can Ai Dream in Electric Orchids, and Pip Lewi won the Highly Commended award with her painting works Three Weeks of TransPerth.
The judges also commended the quality of the artworks from Agnes Botman and Isabella Speed. Yasmine Mnahy's portrait Yosi was voted the winner in the People's Choice Award.

Emerson Lamond 25 under 25 2018
Emerson Lamond, Can Ai Dream in Electric Orchids, video installation (install photo by Duncan Wright).

Pip Lewi 25 under 25 2018
Pip Lewi, Three Weeks of TransPerth, ink on paper & oil on canvas (install photo by Duncan Wright).

View the catalogue for the 2017 Art Award here.

The First Prize was awarded to Chris Hyland, and Holly O'Meehan was awarded the Highly Commended. The judge's also commended the outstanding artworks of Tessa Beale, April Nulgit, Ava Gamblin and Kieran MacFarlane. The 2017 people's choice award winner was Amy-Lee Wong with her artwork Hayden.

Chris Hyland, Fog I & II, photographic prints

Holly O'Meehan, Functionless Vessels, glazed ceramic, cotton, jute and embroidery thread.

View the 2016 catalogue here.

This year's first prize of $1500 cash with a Fremantle Arts Centre residency was awarded to Lizzy Joyce.
The highly commended award of $500 cash with a portfolio mentorship with Fremantle Arts Centre's curator was won by Eloise Coomber.
The people's choice award winner was Lara Sawyer with her painting The Decaying Kind.

Lizzy Joyce, Down Down Bilbys Are Down, cardboard packaging

Eloise Coomber, Evening Feast, photographic prints

View the 2015 catalogue here.

The 2015 first prize was awarded to Pascale Giorgi, and Shannon McCullough won the Highly Commended Award.

Pascale Giorgi, Make yourself at home, mixed media installation.

Shannon McCullough, We used to play ping pong, oil paint on board

Contact us

City of Fremantle Administration & Library
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street Fremantle WA 6160
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9432 9777



Here are some items you should prepare before applying: