FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery National Contemporary Watercolour Prize is a biennial acquisitive 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. 

The 2023 FLOW Prize Judge is Beatrice Gralton, Senior Curator of the Brett Whiteley Studio at the Art Gallery of NSW.

WAG FLOW Watercolour Prize 2023.pdf 

Entries through Eventbrite only must be completed by 5pm, Friday 11 August 2023

Wollongong Art Gallery, Cnr Kembla & Burelli Sts, Wollongong NSW 2500, from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 August 2023 10am-5pm; or Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August 2023 12- 4pm. 
Friday 1 September at 6 for 6.30pm. 
2 September - 17 March 2024 
Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 September 2023 10am - 5pm or Saturday 9 September & Sunday 10 September 2023 12 - 4pm. 
Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 March 10am - 5pm or Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2024 12 - 4pm. 
FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Contact Louise Brand, phone (02) 4227 8504 or email lbrand@wollongong.nsw.gov.au.

Entries are limited to one work per entrant and must be the original, unaided work of the entrant and have been completed in the twelve months prior to the exhibition date.  Cost: $59.26 (includes GST + booking fee). Full Terms and Conditions of entry are listed on Eventbrite page.

To enter go to Eventbrite FLOW Watercolour Prize entry 

You can also visit our Adult Workshops page for details of in-person and online watercolour workshops.

Guidelines for Artists
Note: While WAG will continue to have program meetings and look at exhibition proposals our program is fully subscribed until December 2024, and due to a number of staffing and other changes as well as major capital works happening in the latter half of 2024 and in 2025 we are currently deferring making any commitments for the 2025 program until we have some clarity about how these changes will impact the Gallery and its program.

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.