TRAILS invites artists to submit contemporary sculptures
to both a multi-location, interior exhibition trail as well as to a
single-location, interior miniatures exhibition, totalling up to 50
Main Trail entries may be up to 80cm³ in volume and will be exhibited
around Portland’s retail centre. There is no minimum size requirement for
the Main Trail.
Miniature entries may be up to 30cm³ in volume and will be exhibited in a
single interior location.
We encourage all artists, established and emerging to participate.
TRAILS Sculpture Prize is hosted by Committee for Portland.
To apply, please read all conditions and criteria below, and proceed to the entry form.
Exhibition: March 23 2024 -
April 22 2024
Monday, November 6 2023
Friday, February 2 2024, 5PM
Announcement of selected works:
Monday, February 19 2024
For the purpose of TRAILS Sculpture Prize, sculpture is defined as a
freestanding, non-site specific, three-dimensional object in any
Hanging works will not be accepted.
All entries must be the original work of the submitting artist and must have been completed within two years prior to the entry date.
Main trail entries should not exceed 80cm³ in volume, have a stable base and not exceed 30kg.
Miniatures entries should not exceed 30cm³ in volume and have a stable base.
Artists may enter up to three works in each category.
Selection Process & Prize Pool
Selection of entries for exhibition will be at the discretion of the
exhibition’s appointed curatorial team.
- The main trail will consist of up to 20 selected works.
- The miniatures exhibition will consist of up to 30 selected works.
- Selected artists will also be considered for an art trail commission.
The total prize pool is $10,000, distributed as:
- $5000 1st Prize (Main Trail)
- $2000 2nd Prize (Main Trail)
- $2000 1st Prize (Miniature)
- $1000 (People’s Choice, Main or Miniatures)
Submission Criteria and Process
Entries must be submitted via this online platform.
An artist may submit up to 3 works to be exhibited in the main trail
and/or up to 3 works to be exhibited in the miniatures exhibition. An
artist may submit up to 6 works in total.
Entries must include at least 1, at most 3, clear and legible
photographs of each work.
Each separate work incurs an entry fee of $30 (AUD), paid by bank
transfer to the account listed at the bottom of this page and in the
The entry fee is non-refundable except if the
exhibition is cancelled due to public health guidelines or unforeseen
Exhibition Criteria and Process
All selected works must be available for the full exhibition period.
Work delivery and collection details will be provided following the
Artists selected for exhibition are responsible for the transport of
their work to and from TRAILS. This includes freight and transport
costs in both directions.
Artists will be required to supply at least 1 professional quality
photograph with a white background, in a standard aspect ratio, of each
Artists may request TRAILS to facilitate these photographs, at an
additional cost of $35 per selected work.
See examples A, B, C.
All works exhibited in the TRAILS Sculpture Prize will be for sale.
Committee for Portland will deduct a commission of 30% from the sale
price of any works sold through the TRAILS Sculpture Prize.
appropriate, 50% of this commission will be paid to the artist’s
The sale price listed on the entry form will remain as
the final sale price on all promotional material if the artist is
selected as an exhibitor.
All care will be taken when handling works, however Committee for
Portland will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage. Artists are
responsible for the shipping and insurance cover of their works.
The installation of selected works within the exhibition will be at the
discretion of the exhibition’s appointed curatorial team, guided by the
artist submitted photographs.
Artists grant TRAILS Sculpture Prize and its licensees the right to
reproduce their work and biographical material by any means in any
media for archival and promotional purposes. The artist and their
gallery (if applicable) will be properly acknowledged in such material.
While the Exhibition format is deemed COVID-safe, Committee for
Portland reserves the right to cancel or postpone the exhibition, in
which case the entry fees will be refunded.
Each separate work submitted by the artist incurs an entry fee of $30 (AUD).
The entry fee must be paid by bank transfer to:
- Julia Street Creative Space
- BSB: 033-656
- ACC: 132-605
with a 'transfer reference' including the word TRAILS
and the artist initials.
The entry fee is non-refundable except if the exhibition is cancelled due
to public health guidelines or unforeseen circumstances.
For example, Robyn McDonald submits 2 works, transfers $60 and includes the reference
in her entry submission.
Later, she submits 1 more work, transfers an additional $30 and enters the same reference, TRAILSRM.
All entry queries can be directed to: