Terms and Conditions


  1. The Award is open to artists aged 17 years and over who are residents of the Northern Territory.
  2. Collaborative works are acceptable provided the name of each collaborating artist is clearly stated on the entry form.
  3. Entry forms, including two statements of up to 100 words each, and an image of the work (min. 300 dpi jpg) must be received by 5.00 pm CST, Monday 3 September 2018.
  4. Selected and completed artworks must be delivered to Arts NT by post or in person by 4.00 pm CST, Friday 21 September 2018.


  1. The artwork must be an original painting by the entrant and completed no more than two years prior to the exhibition.
  2. The artwork must be a portrait painted from life, with the subject known to the artist and aware of the artist’s intention with at least one live sitting.
  3. The artwork must NOT exceed the size limit 1.5m X 1.2m. Dimensions include the mounting and/or framing.
  4. The artwork may be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit above.
  5. The artwork may be painted in any medium (eg oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media). Portraits comprising other media may be deemed ineligible. Photographic works, including digital images and prints, are ineligible.
  6. Only one entry per artist is permitted.
  7. Portraits previously submitted to the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award will not be accepted. This applies to previously submitted portraits that have been reworked also.
  8. In 2018, the Portrait of a Senior Territorian honours senior Territorians that have made a significant contribution to achieving the 40th Anniversary of Self Government in the NT.
  9. Portraits must be of one or more living senior Territorians aged 60 years or over, who permanently reside in the Northern Territory.
  10. The organiser reserves the right not to exhibit any work.
  11. The use of appropriate archival materials may be taken into account by the judges of the Acquisition Award.
  12. Any works deemed to need excessive ongoing maintenance will not be considered for the Acquisition Award.


  1. The $7000 Acquisition Award is provided in exchange for the winning artwork, which will be selected by a panel of judges and acquired by the Northern Territory Government.
  2. Artworks that are not available for sale will not be eligible for the Acquisition Award.
  3. Any artwork priced above the $7000 value of the Acquisition Award will only be considered for the Acquisition Award if the entrant has specifically provided their acknowledgement and acceptance by signing the relevant statement on the entry form.
  4. The $2000 Second Prize and $500 Third Prize non-acquisitive awards will also be selected by the panel of judges.
  5. The $1000 People’s Choice Prize (a non-acquisitive award) will be decided by public ballot. The winner of the People’s Choice Prize will be the artist whose work attracts the highest number of votes. The winning artist will be announced in the week following the close of the exhibition in Darwin, and payment will follow.
  6. Prizes will be presented to the winning artist or their authorised representative. Payment of prize monies will be in accordance with Northern Territory Government protocols and timelines.
  7. A panel of judges will be announced closer to the exhibition date.
  8. Winners (except People’s Choice Prize) will be announced at the opening of the Award at the Parliament House on 12 October 2018.
  9. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judges’ decisions.


  1. Works not available for sale will not be eligible for the First Prize Acquisition Award.
  2. The organiser will not handle sales.
  3. A price list of works will be made available and the artists’ (or nominated representative) contact information will be provided to potential buyers to coordinate the purchase.
  4. No commission will apply.


  1. The artwork must be complete when submitted.
  2. The artwork must be suitably framed for handling and installation, including framing and stretching but excluding any hanging devices.
  3. The artwork must have a copy of the completed entry form must be attached to the back of the work.
  4. The artwork must NOT be wet when submitted.
  5. The artwork must NOT include any hanging devices such as hooks or wires.
  6. If using a courier, a second copy of the completed entry form must be put in an envelope and also attached to the back of the work. If delivering yourself, the second copy can just be handed in with the work.
  7. The entrant must provide an accurate statement of up to 100 words about the person who is the subject of their work and up to 100 words about the artist and their arts practice. These statements may be used in a catalogue (should one be produced), on exhibition panels, and in promotional material.


  1. The artist is responsible for insurance of the work while it is in transit to Arts NT. Arts NT accepts no responsibility for late or misdirected entries.


  2. Freight costs to deliver the work is the responsibility of the artist. Freight from the exhibition venue for purchased works is the responsibility of the buyer. Freight for unsold works by artists who are not residents of Darwin is the responsibility of the Northern Territory Government.


  3. The deadline for delivery of works is Friday 21 September 2018 at 4.00 pm.
  4. If you are hand delivering your artwork or organising a courier, works must be delivered between Monday 3 September and Friday 14 September 2018 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to the Arts NT office at Level 1/9 Cavanagh Street, Darwin.
  5. All works will be held for the duration of the exhibition and will not be released under any circumstances.
  6. All sold works must be collected by the buyer or their agent from the venue.
  7. Unsold works by artists who are residents of Darwin must be collected by the artist or their agent.
  8. Unsold works by artists who are not residents of Darwin will be returned to the artist by the Northern Territory Government, if the artist is unable to collect the work.
  9. Buyers and artists will be advised of collection dates and pick-up details.
  10. Artworks will be released for collection at 4pm on Friday 19 October 2018. Detailed instructions for collection of works will be provided.


  1. The artist warrants that the work is original and that it does not infringe any copyright, moral rights, intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party.
  2. The artist remains the copyright owner of the work and will be acknowledged as the creator of the work at all times.
  3. The artist grants to the Northern Territory Government a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide licence to freely use, reproduce, publish and communicate the entered work for publicity, promotional and educational purposes associated with the Award in print and digital media. The winning works may also be reproduced to promote future Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Awards.
  4. The work will be documented by the Northern Territory Government for archival and educational purposes.

Last updated: 10 May 2019