Hume Arts Awards

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Nominations for the 2016 Hume Arts Awards have now closed.

Artists play a vital role in contributing to innovation, local identity and wellbeing in our community.
Hume City Council's Arts Awards aim to showcase and support the talents of artists and help in their professional development with $20,000 in prize money available.

The Awards aim to recognise and award the achievement of Hume’s professional artists and support costs involved in arts practice, including further study, training, materials and equipment, professional memberships and travel.

Whether you practice painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, drawing, music, theatre, dance, printmaking, new or mixed media - any artist in Hume City can apply.

The Arts Awards comprises of two categories:

1. Awards Program

The Awards program provides awards of $3,000 in the following groups:

  • Established visual artists (over 30)
  • Emerging visual artists (30 and under)
  • Established performing artists and writers (over 30)
  • Emerging performing artists and writers (30 and under)
  • Youth (15-18 years in any art form)

2. Professional Development Program

Grants up to a maximum of $500 are available in this category. The intention of the Professional Development Program is to increase the networks and professional opportunities of artists in Hume City. Financial support is provided for local artists to engage in a range of professional development activities such as attending conferences, becoming a member of a peak body or accessing training.

How to Apply

If you wish to be informed when Arts Awards 2017 are open please  email us.

Conditions of Entry

  • Artists must be a) a resident of Hume City Council and be able to provide proof of residency, or b) demonstrate substantial artistic practice in Hume over the last three years.
  • The Youth Award is open to residents and/or students studying in Hume aged 15-18.
  • Age categories are determined by age of applicant as of 1 January 2016
  • Recipients of the $3,000 Award are not required to nominate a specific project or deliver a public outcome as a result of their Award. No acquittal of funds is required.
  • Recipients of a $500 Professional Development Grant may apply for an Award in a subsequent year.
  • Recipients of the $3,000 Award may not reapply for an Award or Professional Development Grant.
  • Professional Development Grants will not support the payment of wages, the set up or running costs of a business, accommodation, equipment, film stock, tertiary fees or website expenses.
  • Professional Development Grants must be undertaken and financial acquittal submitted within a year of the awarding of the Grant.
  • Applications will not be accepted from past recipients who have not satisfactorily completed their Professional Development Grant acquittal.
  • Recipients may be required to be interviewed by media and agree to release contact details. Recipients may be required to undertake public speaking engagements in order to promote the arts and the Award within Hume.
  • The selection panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Hume City Council will retain personal information only for the purposes of the Hume Arts Awards.
  • Hume City Council reserves the right to use material generated as a part of the Awards (including photographs, film footage, submission content) for the purpose of promoting the Arts Awards including publication online, in print media, in promotional materials and immediately related campaigns.
  • The copyright of any work created during receipt of an Award remains with the creator.
  • No submissions will be accepted after the closing date.
  • All recipients are required to attend the Hume Arts Awards 2016 presentation event.
  • All support material must be the original work of the entrant.

Hume City Council is committed to full compliance with its obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001. Council is collecting personal information for the purpose of registering your entry for the Hume Arts Awards 2016. This information will be accessed by staff and an independent panel. Some of this information may be given to media agencies for the purposes of promoting the Hume Arts Awards 2016. This information will not be disclosed to any other party except as required by law. If you fail to provide this information, Council cannot register your entry for the Hume Arts Awards 2016. You may access this information by contacting Council on 9205 2200.

Winners of the 2015 Arts Awards

Youth category:
Award: Letisha Hirniak, painter
Recognition Award: Shenae Wright, painter
Recognition Award: Mia Porter, drawing

Emerging Visual Arts:
Award: Samantha Lentini

Emerging Performing Arts and Writers:
Award: Natasha Hanna, pianist and violinist
Recognition Award: Emma Norton, theatre
Recognition Award: Jack Lyall, vocalist

Established Visual Arts:
Award: Aslam Akram, public art practitioner
Recognition Award: Arif Kurtgözoğlu, sculptor
Recognition Award: Gayle Humphrey, public art practitioner

Established Performing Arts and Writers:
Award: Omar Pervaiz, guitar and vocals


Updated : 5:37 PM, 12 April 2016

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