Emerging Australian creatives urged to enter $10,000 art prize

February 10, 2015

Three month arts residency in idyllic Greece up for grabs

Sydney, 3 February 2015 – The Chippendale Creative Precinct is calling upon all emerging creative practitioners across Australia to enter the Chippendale New World Art Prize (CNWAP) – a major ten year arts initiative financed by a personal donation of $100,000, by passionate arts philanthropist, Dr Stanley Quek.

This year’s judging panel includes the esteemed Director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Elizabeth Ann MacGregor OBE, renowned art critic and broadcaster, Andrew Frost and the prize’s benefactor, Executive Chairman of Greencliff and developer of nearby lifestyle and dining precinct, Kensington Street, Dr Stanley Quek.

The winner will receive a $10,000, three month residency on the idyllic Greek island of Kefalonia hosted by the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture. The finalist’s works will also be curated into an impressive exhibition opening on Thursday 9 April spanning several locations in Chippendale including the NG Art Gallery and the Carlton Street project space.

Each year, the prize takes on a new theme – this year’s theme is ‘PHENOMENA’ with the creative brief calling for creative practitioners to interpret what a phenomena encompasses.

Submissions for the Chippendale New World Art Prize open on Monday 2 March and close on Monday 16 March 2015.

As a passionate patron of the arts, Dr Quek has entrusted the Chippendale Creative Precinct to foster the next generation of emerging artists through this exciting 10 year arts initiative.

“Since it’s inception in 2013, the Chippendale New World Art Prize has gone from strength to strength, providing life changing development opportunities and global connections to emerging Australian artists. Submissions to the prize doubled last year and we are expecting an even greater response this year.” Dr Quek said.

Previous CNWAP winners have travelled to art residencies in Beijing and Spain to practice their craft and exhibit in their host country.

“The prize has enabled some promising creative talent to prosper and we look forward to supporting many more creative careers as the initiative progresses,” Dr Quek added.

Chippendale Creative Precinct Founder and President Nicky Ginsberg said that the Chippendale New World Art Prize offers a once in a lifetime, transformative opportunity for an emerging artist to create and collaborate with like-minded artists in a location that is steeped in ancient history and natural beauty.

“Chippendale is experiencing an urban renaissance – now home to some of the country’s most iconic architecture and about to welcome Sydney’s first true ‘laneway precinct’ in the form of Kensington Street – it really is the place to be.

“What was once an industrial area is now widely recognised as Sydney’s most creative suburb and we feel that the Chippendale Creative Precinct, through initiatives such as the CNWAP and the hugely successful BEAMS Arts Festival, has played an integral role in transforming Chippendale into a world-class creative hub,” Ms Ginsberg added.

The prize encourages entry in all mediums of art including new technologies. This includes, but is not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, 3D modeling, animation, digital imaging, film, video, interactive media, motion graphics, photography, light and sound.

Other notable works will also be displayed at the 2015 BEAMS art festival – another Chippendale Creative Precinct initiative that celebrates Chippendale as a cultural arts precinct of Sydney.

Entries for the 2015 Chippendale New World Art Prize open on Monday 2 March and close on Monday 16 March 2015. For more information or to enter contact:

Chippendale New World Art Prize
C/o NG Art Gallery
3 Little Queen Street
Phone: (02) 9318 2992


Please note all details are accurate at time of issue.

Media contact:

Ruth Carnac, The Capital Group
02 9252 3900

Nicky Ginsberg, President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct
02 9318 2992

About Dr Stanley Quek

Dr. Stanley Quek is Executive Chairman of Greencliff Realty – the developer and leasing agent for Kensington Street – a unique dining and lifestyle precinct set to launch in mid-2015. He is also Chairman of Frasers Property Australia, CEO of Frasers Property UK and Board Director of the Chippendale Creative Precinct.

About Chippendale Creative Precinct

The Chippendale Creative Precinct (CCP) is a non-profit organisation established in 2010, founded to promote Chippendale as a creative cluster and cultural hub. We are bringing Chippendale into the new era, the new economy and the new world, through initiatives designed to enhance the synergy of the local creative community, generate economic growth and provide inspiration through the arts in an urban environment.

Founder and President of the CCP, Nicky Ginsberg (of NG Art Gallery), alongside the CCP Board, warmly invite creative businesses and individuals to join us to support and promote creativity in Chippendale.

Are you an artist? Culinary genius? Fashion designer? Bespoke crafter? Artisan baker? Hologrammist? Architect? Furniture supplier? Production company? Animator? General creative contemplator? We would love for you to advance your business through the CCP with our networking events, university partnerships, member benefits and many other exciting opportunities to come.