2018 NWOP submissions

Up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards

Entries close:             6 April 2018

Finalists announced:  3 May 2018

Exhibition dates:       20 July – 9 September 2018

The 2018 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.



Works may be executed in any medium on or with paper after February 2016. 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.


$15,000 Mornington Peninsula Shire / Beleura - The Tallis Foundation major acquisitive award

Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Acquisition Fund; Friends of the MPRG Acquisition Fund and the $3500 Ursula Hoff Institute Emerging Artist Award, Proudly supporting Post Graduate excellence in Visual Arts and Music 

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 from 20 July – 9 September 2018.

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 return freight from specified depots in capital cities for shortlisted artists. It is the responsibility of the shortlisted artist to organise insurance, packing and transport of their work to and from these depots and ensure their work is delivered to meet delivery run schedules. Delivery deadlines will be confirmed upon notification of selection. Any other freighting will be at the artist’s expense. Artists choosing to deliver their work directly to the Gallery need to do so between Saturday 30 June and Saturday 7 July 2018. At the conclusion of the exhibition, works will be available for collection on 13 and 14 September 2018. Any work not collected by 19 October 2018 will be returned to the entrant at the entrant’s expense. 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, 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 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 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 6 April 2018



The judging panel for the 2018 National Works on Paper is:

  • Jane Alexander, Director, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

  • Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art

  • Dr Kyla McFarlane, Curator of Academic Programs (Research), The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

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 $15,000 (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: 5pm, Friday 6 April 2018

  • Finalists announced: Thursday 3 May 2018

  • Official opening and announcement of award and acquisitions: Saturday 21 July 2018

  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 9 September 2018 Return of works: 17 – 18 September 2018


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