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Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change 2019


 Applications for the Incinerator Art Award 2019 are now closed.

The Incinerator Art Award is our annual contemporary art award, inspired by the theme art for social change, with a total non-acquisitive prize pool of $14,000 including:

First prize $10,000
second prize $3,000
People’s Choice Award $1,000

The Incinerator Art Award pays homage to the legacy of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin who believed that art and architectural practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change.

Open to all visual art forms, the award welcomes submissions from artists who interrogate contemporary culture with practices that either overtly engage with activism, or that operate in more subtle ways to advocate for social change. 

The award will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

Works will be selected based on their artistic merit and their relationship to the theme of the award; 'Art for Social Change'.

2019 Judges

Tom Mosby is the CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust and is on the Board of Directors of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Tom has a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Conservation of Cultural Materials and a Bachelor of Laws. As a conservator, Tom worked in the AGWA and the NGV. He was the lead curator of the first survey exhibition of contemporary Torres Strait art and culture which was launched at the Cairns Regional Gallery in 1997. He also curated the Torres Strait Islander Project in 2011, a collaboration between the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum. Tom worked at the State Library of Queensland as the Executive Manager, Indigenous Research and Projects and has also had a successful career at law.

Madé Spencer-Castle is an interdisciplinary curator and arts programmer based in Naarm/Melbourne, who currently holds the position of Curator, Exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). Prior to this, Madé was Gallery Curator at Bus Projects (2015–18), was a founder and co-Director of DUDSPACE (2012–15), and served as a Committee Member at KINGS Artist-Run (2012–15). Madé has developed curatorial projects for SPRING1883, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Bus Projects, Sydney Contemporary, West Space, and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Why Take Pictures?’ and ‘Image Reader’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2019); 'Queer Economies' co-curated with Abbra Kotlarczyck, presented with Midsumma Festival in association with Abbotsford Convent, Bus Projects and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2019); ‘Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2018), touring to University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney (2019) and Griffith University Museum of Art, Brisbane (2019); and 'In Bloom', co-curated with Jeremy Eaton, SPRING1883 Art Fair, The Hotel Windsor (2018).

Dr Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce contemporary art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Specific to Just’s practice is the use of knitting as an engaging sculptural medium and an unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
Kate holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts. Just’s practice led PhD in Sculpture, The Texture of Her Skin, won the Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal in 2013. Just has been a Lecturer in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts since 2005, and in 2017 was appointed as The Head of Graduate Coursework.

Key dates

Entries open: Monday, 15 April, 2019
Entries close: midnight, Friday, 31 May, 2019
Opening night: Friday, 11 October, 6pm – 8pm 
Exhibition dates: 12 October – 1 December

How to enter

Please read the terms and conditions before applying.

Entries are available via our online form

If you have further questions please contact the gallery on (03) 8325 1750 or at incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au.Please see incineratorgallery.com for open hours to view the exhibition spaces.  

Image: Nina Sanadze, The Divide, polystyrene, glue, sand, cement, oxides, aluminium, dimensions variable, 2018

Fireworks 2019


Applications are now closed.

The Incinerator Gallery is calling for Years 11 and 12 students who live, work or attend school in Moonee Valley to enter Fireworks 2019, the city’s annual art and design award.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to gain exposure and have their art and design works showcased in a professional gallery space.

Shortlisted finalists will have their work exhibited in the gallery with an opening night celebration to commemorate their achievements. There are also five prizes to be won, including:

- The $500 Fireworks Art Award
- The $500 Fireworks Design Award
- The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art
- The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Design
- The People’s Choice Award $200 Art Supplies Voucher

The judging and selection panels will comprise two highly regarded Victorian art educators and advocates.

Students also applying for VCE Season of Excellence will be given the option to submit two items for consideration, which can be nominated in order of preference. This is to ensure the availability of works if one works is selected and unavailable.

Applications closed at midnight, Sunday 4 November. Shortlisted applicants will be announced soon. 


The Atrium 2020


Call for exhibition proposals: Incinerator Gallery Atrium Space

The Incinerator Gallery is calling for artists or curators to exhibit in the Atrium space in 2020. 

The space is suited to experienced artists who work in sculptural and spatial practices. New works designed specifically for the site are encouraged.

There is no charge to exhibit in the Atrium and selected applicants will receive the following per show:
• A $1,000 bursary
• Exhibition signage
• Support in exhibition design, technical assistance, marketing and publicity
• An official opening alongside other exhibitions

If you have any further questions, or want to see the space, contact the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750 or email incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* Applications close midnight, Sunday, 30 June. Apply online. 

If you have any further questions please contact the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750 or email incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Boadle Hall Community Gallery 2019


Applications are now closed.

The Incinerator Gallery is creating new exhibition spaces throughout the City, including Crown Street stables, some library locations and Flemington Community Centre. Artists and community groups interested in exhibiting in these spaces in 2019 are encouraged to visit the Incinerator Gallery website and express their interest.

If you have any further questions, or want to see the space, contact the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750 or email incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change 2018 


13 October – 25 November
Artist and Curator Talks: Saturday, 20 October at 2pm

Shortlisted Artists

Duha Ali & Justine Youssef, Helen Amanatiadis, Hayley Arjona, Rob Bartolo, Alison Bennett, Izzy Brown, Jazmina Cininas, Shan Crosbie, Adam Douglass, Megan Evans, Sarah Firth, Joseph Griffiths, Amala Groom, Nigel Hewitt, Paul Hodges, Kathy Holowko, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Sally Mannall, Jordan Marani, Margaret McIntosh, Asher Milgate, Hayley Millar-Baker, Ilona Nelson, Shane Nicholas, Claudia Phares, TextaQueen, Robbie Rowlands, Mia Salsjö, Nina Sanadze, Tama Sharman-La hole, Amy Spiers, Bethany Wheeler, Paul White

The Incinerator Art Award is the Gallery’s annual contemporary art prize of national significance, with entries received from across Australia. The award showcases 33 works inspired by the theme of art for social change. 

The award is inspired by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, who believed that art and architecture practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change. 
On Friday, 12 October the Incinerator Art Award’s first and second prize recipients were announced. The awards were judged by Mark Feary (Artistic Director at Gertrude Contemporary), Melissa Keys (Curator at Buxton Contemporary) and Miriam Kelly (Curatorial Manager at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art).

Nina Sanadze - $10,000 Boathouse Award

The Divide, 2018
polystyrene, glue, sand, cement, oxides, aluminium, dimensions variable 


The Divide is a collection of replicas based on the anti-terrorist bollards from all the around the world. Viewers are invited to reflect on the meaning of these ubiquitous objects.


Do they suggest order or disorder, safety or danger, freedom or control, us or them, fake or real, true or false? 

Mia Salsjö - $3,000 Incinerator Art Award

Modes of Translation, 2017
digital video, 14min 


In 2015, Salsjö was granted permission to make a film in the now dilapidated National School of Art in Havana, Cuba and to record a 1,500-bar score for eight violins. Significantly, the art schools had been neglected, especially so when ideological hardliners took exception to the graceful architectural forms that spoke so eloquently of a utopian socialist future. 

The multi-media project, Modes of Translation pays homage to the magnificent structures created by architect Ricardo Porro, which are now recognised as the finest example of Cuban Revolutionary Modernism.

Modes of Translation emerged from a time of social change in Cuba and to a certain extent, the work, which honours a utopian structure, has become a part of its future. In 2017, the entire project was presented at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and in 2019 it will be presented in Cuba for the first time. 

For more information call the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750.

View or download the full list of shortlisted works here.

Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change 2017

The 2017 Incinerator Art Award was judged by Anthony Fitzpatrick (Tarrawarra Museum of Art), Jacqueline Doughty (Ian Potter Museum of Art), and Pippa Milne (Centre for Contemporary Photography).   

Shortlisted artists:

Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sheena Colquhoun, Jacquelene Drinkall, Carly Fischer, Rew Hanks, Heather Hesterman, Alana Hunt, Kelly Hussey-Smith and Alan Hill, Thea Jones, Aaron Martin, Mohsen Meysami, Phuong Ngo, Becc Ország, Perdita Phillips, Jacob Raupach, Georgia Robenstone, Paul Trefry, Matthew Vaughan, Yandell Walton and Sharon West.


Winner $10,000 Boathouse Award:

Alana Hunt, Cups of nun chai, 2017, participatory memorial and media intervention involving tea, conversation, photography and text, dimensions variable


Winner $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award

Heather Hesterman, LOSS/GAIN, 2017, plywood, stain, water-jet cutting, native plant stock,160 x 160 x 120 cm


Winner, $1,000 People's Choice Award

Paul Trefry, Homeless Still Human, 2015, mixed media, 140 x 150 x 140cm



The 2017 Incinerator Art Award was sponsored by The Boathouse.


Last updated: Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:31 AM