FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize $20,000 (acquisitive) 
16 OCTOBER - 13 MARCH 2022

This prize Is a biennial competition open to artists from around Australia. The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media. ​​

Entries are now open for the 2021 FLOW Watercolour Prize.  Key dates for entry forms and fees, delivery of artwork, announcement of winners are set out in the entry form below.
2021 Flow Watercolour Prize Entry Form.pdf

Please note new dates for submitting entry forms, delivery of artworks and opening to:

  • Exhibition: 16 October 2021 – 13 March 2022
  • Entries due by Friday 1 October 2021
  • Deliver works to the Gallery from 5 October – 8 October 10am-5pm, 9 – 10 October 12 – 4pm
  • Selection and Judging 11 October
  • Opening and announcement of Winner Friday 15 October 2021
  • Exhibition: 16 October 2021 – 13 March 2022
If you have already arranged for your artwork to be delivered to the Gallery, please contact your courier to redirect your delivery to:  

PACK and SEND Wollongong

Unit 1 / 46 Montague Street

North Wollongong NSW 2500

Ph: (02) 4229-5888

Postponing the prize to later in the year will allow for safe entry and delivery of works, judging and exhibition installation. We are hoping the circumstances at this time will allow us to gather as a community to celebrate the exhibition and prize winner on 15 October and proceed with public and education programs.


  • The prize is judged from the actual art works, not images of art works.
    Please make arrangements to deliver works to:
    Wollongong Art Gallery Cnr Kembla and Burelli streets Wollongong NSW 2500
    10am - 5pm from Tuesday 27 July to Friday 30 July 2021,
    or 12 - 4pm Saturday 31 July & Sunday 1 August 2021

  •  The height + width of your framed work must not exceed 240cm

  •  Unframed works, books, sculptural works on paper must not exceed 240cm (height + width + depth)

  •  Artists will be notified if their work is selected for the exhibition by Tuesday 3 August 2021

  •  Works not selected for the exhibition must be collected between 10 & 13 August 2021


The Gallery's artistic program is developed over a three-year cycle, engaging in and presenting exhibitions that explore a range of ideas, mediums and practices. Exhibitions are scheduled on a seasonal basis with a maximum of 20 exhibitions a year. The Gallery has nine distinct exhibition spaces, as well as an external panel project space. It brings in a small number of outside exhibitions and projects, and develops a program of in-house contemporary art exhibitions focusing on artists creating new work. Exhibitions, although often diverse in nature, are integrated in the program so that contemporary exhibitions can also have a community focus, or broad themed shows have a strong local relevance.

Submitting an exhibition proposal

A proposal provides an outline and details of an exhibition or project.  
To assist you with your proposal please refer to the attached PDF Guidelines.

General Information: 

The Gallery plans its exhibition program up to two years ahead.   Floor plans of the Gallery's exhibition spaces may be requested.  Site specific works are welcome and unusual spaces may be free sooner than the main Galleries.  The Gallery provides insurance, installation assistance, labelling, an opening, invitation printing and publicity. Catalogue production, unusual publicity, freight or installation costs and touring of the exhibition must be negotiated and may depend on success in gaining outside funding. Artists fees are negotiated. Your proposal will be returned after review by the Gallery's Program Committee.

Exterior Panels

Wollongong Art Gallery is the only public art museum in Australia with a major exhibiting gallery facing the street. The dramatic curved facade of the Gallery is a public exhibition space with 14 panels for display, with a total of 27 panels around the building. Each panel is 780mm x 2330mm and made of a light weight zincalume. Panels can be displayed up to a period of 12 months. The panels remain the property of the Gallery at the conclusion of any exhibition and artwork will be removed unless otherwise negotiated with the Gallery.

The Program Director, John Monteleone, is available to assist you in preparing proposals for either Exhibitions or Panels.   Proposals should be marked 'Attention: Program Director' and sent to: Wollongong Art Gallery, Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong DC NSW 2500.