Calling all artists - entries for the prestigious Georges River Art Prize are now open.
Emerging and established artists from across the country are invited to take part in this year's biennial fine art prize.
The Georges River Art Prize showcases paintings and sculptures, with the winner's prize up to $10,000 in cash.
Georges River mayor Kevin Greene said the competition, hosted by Hurstville Museum and Gallery, will award the finest artworks across seven categories this year including painting, sculpture, Local Artist Prize, Little Artist Prize and Youth Prize.
"The 2021 Prize not only showcases the most outstanding artworks nationwide, but also gives local young artists a platform to exhibit their creations," Cr Greene said.
"I encourage all ages and skill levels to present their works, especially those creative young minds aged between seven to 12 years, for the Georges River Little Artist Prize and 13 to 17 year-olds, for the Youth Prize category.
"The Georges River Art Prize has grown significantly since 2017 and each year we receive hundreds of entries from landscape scenes, portraits, contemporary, and abstract works across a range of mediums."
Leon Lester won the $10,000 Georges River Art Prize in 2019 for his work 'The source of energy in everything'.
Mr Lester shared dome advice to the region's emerging artists.
"Express what you enjoy most expressing, try not to create something that is subject to any strict guidelines," he said.
"The best advice I received was simply to 'do' art. It doesn't matter entirely what you choose to create, as long as you are creating, the rest is all in the process."
Entries for the Georges River Art Prize are open until August 27, 2021.
Winners will be announced at the official opening event on November 12, 2021 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
For more information or to enter, visit: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/GRAP.
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