Competitions & Exhibitions

From time to time, Kingborough Council organises or supports arts and cultural competitions and exhibitions. Current exhibitions are published on our Events page.

Current Competitions


The Abel Tasman Art Prize

The Abel Tasman Art Prize is a great opportunity for students in years 11 and 12 at schools and colleges throughout Tasmania to experience a semi-professional arts competition.  They are invited to apply for the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at an exhibition in December.

It was initiated by the Dutch Australia Society in Tasmania in 2000 to celebrate the bonds between The Netherlands and Tasmania and to foster a relationship with the municipality of Grootegast, the birthplace of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. It is a reciprocal award, with the Tasmanian winner spending three weeks in the The Netherlands one year, and the Dutch winner spending three weeks in Tasmania the following year.

The Prizes

The winner will enjoy three weeks in Council’s sister city, Grootegast in The Netherlands. They will stay with a host family and visit some of the great galleries of European art in Amsterdam.

The Dutch Australia Society also presents a prize, which is a voucher worth up to $100.

The Process

  1. Artists are required to submit their entry via an online form. They will need to upload an image of the art being submitted for consideration, and provide a description about the artwork, including the title. The description should include a brief summary about the artwork and its meaning. Please keep the description to a maximum of 250 words.
  2. Fifteen (15) finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges.
  3. The finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at an exhibition, at Kingston Beach Hall. Council will support (where possible), the delivery of artwork to the exhibition venue. The Coordinator Community Services will contact all finalists regarding the exhibition and relevant details regarding delivery and sales.
  4. Prizes will be announced at the exhibition launch (date to be confirmed).

For more information contact the Council on (03) 6211 8200 or by email at

The Bruny18 Art Prize

‘The Bruny’ is a unique national art prize, focused specifically on painting that explores concepts of identity and environment, including the relationship between people and the physical world.

Bruny18 is an initiative of the Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts, with the Kingborough Council it’s major Local Government partner.

In 2018, the specific theme of the prize is Art of Adaptation, which encompasses the way challenges such as climate adaptation are negotiated.

Three judges of national and international standing shortlist the entries and select the final winner.  In 2018 the judges are:

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Fiona Hall AO, Leading Australian artist

​Jarrod Rawlins, Curator, MONA

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Caroline Rannersberger, a Bruny Island based artist and a Director of the Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts.



The major prize of $20,000 is sponsored by Kingborough Council and Tassal. The Highly Commended award of $1500 is sponsored by Audi Centre Hobart. The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Adart Hobart, with an art supplies voucher valued at $500. Three judges of national and international standing are appointed to select the winning entry. Shortlisted paintings are shown at an exhibition on Bruny Island, with the winner announced at the exhibition opening. Select works from the exhibition will also be shown at the Kingston Beach Arts Hub. For further details on how to enter and the art prize conditions, please visit the website



BRUNY18 is an initiative of The Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts, a not for profit charity based on Bruny Island, in collaboration with Kingborough Council and our major corporate sponsor Tassal.  Audi Centre Hobart generously sponsors the selection of the  Highly Awarded work. Adart Supplies is the sponsor for the People’s Choice Award, with a $500 art supplies voucher. The Bruny is also kindly supported by Bruny Island Arts Inc. and the Bruny Island community at large.



16 July: Entries close (midnight)

25 August: Finalists announced

13 October – 21 October: Exhibition of shortlisted paintings at Alonnah, Bruny Island

13 October: Opening event; announcement of winner of BRUNY18 and  the Highly Commended prize
20 October: Announcement of People’s Choice Award

24 October: Opening event for the Kingston exhibition starts at 5.30pm at the Kingston Beach Arts Hub, 20 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.

24 – 28 October: A select number of artworks will be exhibited from 10am to 4pm daily.



For more information visit