• Hobie Porter, In memory of the torches I never witnessed, oil on polyester canvas, 145 x 320cm

  • Melissa Smith, Eva's walk I, 2019, intaglio collagraph print (3 panels), 76 x 168cm (detail)

  • Ruth Downes, Barely Wearable, Disposable razor blades, 2020

  • Juz Kitson, Temporal Fluidity , 2019, ceramics (detail)

The Environmental Art & Design Prize is a new platform to share your creative views on our unique Australian landscape, issues impacting us and perhaps even your ideas to make the world a better place.

Whether you're a designer of objects, painter, photographer or, if you're thinking about renewal, regeneration, or want to shine a light on an aspect of our human experience in the world, this Prize is an opportunity for you to share new work and support this important conversation.  

This year the Prize judges are internationally renowned artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill.

The Prize is an inclusive and diverse exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts and design community within and beyond the Northern Beaches and this year will be presented across three Northern Beaches’ arts venues from 6 – 22 August 2021: Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M); Creative Space, North Curl Curl and the Mona Vale Creative Pop Up Gallery.


Artists and designers are encouraged to apply in one or two of the following categories:

Open, $5,000 each category

  • Ceramics & Small Sculpture (in any medium, including glass and waste to art)
  • Functional Design (eg: architecture, urban design, a prototype of an object/product, furniture)
  • Wearable Design (fashion and textiles)
  • Digital Work, Film and Video (eg. film, video story and animation) 
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration (eg: art & science; design & engineering)
  • Painting
  • Works on Paper and Photography (including drawing and printmaking)

Young artists & designers, $2,000 each category

  • Ages 7 - 12 years
  • Ages 13 - 18 years

Entries now open

Please take time to read the information on preparing your entry and Terms and Conditions of Entry before commencing the entry form.  

Key dates

Entries close: Monday 21 June

Finalists announced: Monday 5 July

Prize winners announced: Friday 6 August

Exhibition dates: 6 – 22 August 2021 - The Prize will be shown over two weeks at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Creative Space North Curl Curl, and the new Mona Vale Creative Pop Up Gallery (Level 1, Mona Vale Civic Centre).

People’s Choice Awards announced: Tuesday 24 August

More information

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2021 Judges - Euan Macleod, artist; Liane Rossler, artist, designer and curator and Lisa Cahill, CEO of the Australian Design Centre.

Merilyn Fairskye, Aqua Pool No. 4, 2007

Entry form

The 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize is now open to artists and designers across the country. Closes 21 June.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2020. Photo by Karen Watson


Thank you to the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize Sponsors.