Since reading a vague story about an art competition open to Fitzroy and North Fitzroy artists I have been chasing more details and finally have the information available to report on it. The following is adapted from copy supplied to me by the competition organisers.
The developers of the ROI apartments on Nicholson St in North Fitzroy invite artists to submit paintings in competition for a $10,000 cash prize known as the ROI Art Prize. The competition is open to any artist residing, or represented by a gallery or dealer, in the Fitzroy or Fitzroy North community.
Artists can submit one work on any theme, with a size of no more than 3m high x 2m wide. The prize will be judged by Heide CEO and former curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Jason Smith.
The prize is non-acquisitive but involves the selection of one artist’s work for display. The winner will be required to provide their work for installation in the ROI display suite for an initial six month period from November 2009 – May 2010 and then in the completed ROI apartment building for a period of twelve months from December 2011, after which it will be returned to the artist.
Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, including biographical details, submitted by email (in digital image jpeg form) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 8 November 2009. Full details are available in the entry form (92kb PDF).