2022 NWOP submissions

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Up to $60,000 acquisitions and awards

Entries close: 11.59pm, Friday 8 April 2022

Finalists announced: Tuesday 3 May 2022

Exhibition dates:13 August to 27 November

The 2022 National Works on Paper (NWOP) is one of Australia’s most prestigious acquisitive awards. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper.

Read more about the National Works on Paper here - including past catalogues.



Works may be executed in any medium on or with paper from the beginning of 2020. The paper must act as the main two or three-dimensional support of the work. The final decision regarding eligibility of works resides with the MPRG. 


NWOP is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.


Up to $60,000 acquisitions and awards, including the $20,000 major acquisitive award.

Works that are selected for acquisition will be purchased at the artist’s nominated price if the amount does not exceed current market value.


Framed works will be displayed using D-rings. No other hanging devices are to be attached to the works. Unframed works will be displayed using pins or magnetic ‘pins’. Artists should supply instructions with their work where appropriate.

There is no size restrictions for entry, but please note that display wall height is 3.8 metres.

Shortlisted works must be available for continuous display from13 August to 27 November 2022.

Please note that substitutes for works selected for exhibition will not be displayed and are ineligible for acquisition.

MPRG reserves the right to withdraw shortlisted works if deemed unsuitable for display.


The MPRG will cover freight costs for shortlisted artists - to MPRG and return the work to the artists. It is the responsibility of the shortlisted artist to organise insurance, packing and transport of their work to and from any depots and ensure their work reaches the MPRG by 6 August 2022. MPRG will supply detailed instructions regarding the various options for transporting works to MPRG upon shortlisting.

All works must be in sound condition upon arrival. Due care will be taken whilst the works are at MPRG and in transit. No responsibility will be taken by the MPRG for any loss or damage.


Artists can only submit one work. An entry will consist of:

  • a completed entry form
  • supporting material: digital image, artist’s statement, CV
  • $30 non-refundable administration fee



Please submit one high res publication-quality image.

The image must represent the work in its entirety and convey the manner in which the work is to be displayed.

Digital image must be submitted in high res JPEG format, 300dpi 2-3MB (If selected, the image will be reproduced at approx A5 size in the exhibition catalogue)

JPEG file must be titled in order of last name, first name and title of work.

i.e.  smart_jeffrey_selfportrait.jpg

* If you are submitting a film, please upload a still image in your online entry, then upload the film file to Dropbox, copy link and send to nwop@mornpen.vic.gov.au. Ensure your film file is saved as per naming convention above.

Artist’s statement:

In 150 words or less artists should address the ideas, themes or concepts investigated in their practice and how this relates to the work submitted.

Statements to be submitted as a PDF or Word doc formatted in 12 point Arial.

Artist statements should be saved in the same format as image: last name, first name and title of work

i.e.  smart_jeffrey_artist statement

Please note selected artist statements will be published in the exhibition catalogue and MPRG has the right to edit statements as deemed necessary.

Brief CV:

Artists should submit a maximum 2-page CV highlighting  key  professional achievements.

CV to be submitted as a PDF or Word doc formatted in 12 point Arial.

CV should be saved in the same format as image: artist last name_first name_cv

i.e. smart_jeffrey_cv

All entries must be submitted online. No hard copy entries will be accepted.

All images and Word documents must be titled in the following format:

artist last name_first name_title of document:

smart_jeffrey_artist statement


smart_jeffrey_self portrait

(Please do not use any other symbols in your file name such as commas or ampersands as files may not be processed correctly.)


$30 (inc. GST). Only one work may be entered per artist and only entries with online payment will be accepted.

The fee is non-refundable.

Entries must be received by Friday 8 April 2022.



The judging panel for the 2022 National Works on Paper is:

  • Clothilde Bullen, Head of Indigenous Programs and Initiatives and Curator of Indigenous Art, AGWA

  • Max Delany, Artistic Director and CEO, ACCA

  • Jenna Lee, NWOP finalist 2020, Board of Directors, Craft Victoria

  • Danny Lacy, Senior Curator/Artistic Director, MPRG 

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Acquisitions will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition. The winner of the Major Acquisitive Award receives $20,000 (which includes the purchase price).


Please try to submit your entry online well before the final date. Users have experienced some delays with uploading their material in high-use periods. Please be patient while your files are uploading, this may take a few minutes.


  • Entries close: 11.59pm, Friday 8 April 2022

  • Finalists announced: Tuesday 3 May 2022

  • Exhibition dates:13 August to 27 November

  • Official opening and announcement of award and acquisitions: TBC


* A $30 payment receipt will be sent to your email and this is acknowledgement that your submission has been received.

If you have any queries about your entry, please email nwop@mornpen.vic.gov.au