The Queen Street Art Prize
A $16,000 Acquisitive Prize
April 26 - May 16 2025
Native Australian Botanicals
The Queen Street Art Prize
The Color Queen Gallery at 136 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney is providing a prominent platform and opportunity for artists at various points in their careers, ranging from emerging to more established professional. The exhibition will encompass 50 Finalist Artist’s 2D oil and acrylic paintings on canvas (only) with the theme “Native Australian Botanicals”.
Created by The The Color Queen Gallery founder and fine artist, Concetta Antico, known worldwide as “The Color Queen”, Concetta aim is to install an added love of Australian nature and colour into the arts and public communities through her prize. As a scientifically endorsed Tetrachromat, Concetta sees 100 million more colours than regular vision, therefore she has emphasised a focus on colour and natural earthly beautyfor this art prize.
The Queen Street Art Prize theme is hence “Native Australian Botanicals” as Concetta understands the Australian flora is paramount in creating a healthy ecosystem in our natural environs. “Our unique Australian native plants provide sustenance and habitats for a wide variety of local wildlife, and are necessary to sustain this life in this country. I encourage artists to submit work with this focus in mind and with an emphasis on colour”, she states.
The finalists’ works will be on public display from 26th April – 16th May 2025 at The Color Queen Gallery, 136 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney and the announcement of the prize winners will take place at the opening night of the exhibition on 26th April at 7pm. The winners will be announced online as well.
As we celebrate our inaugural year, we enthusiastically offer an invitation for you to take part in this exciting event which guarantees a memorable experience for all involved.
$10,000 Cash Prize (Acquisitive)
As selected by the judging panel
$2000 Cash Prize (Acquisitive)
As selected by the judging panel
$2000 value – A solo two week exhibition at The Color Queen Gallery
As selected by The Color Queen Gallery curatorial team
$2,000 in Framing Vouchers from Fidoso Picture Framing
(10 separate $200 vouchers to be used separately).
People’s Choice Award
$100 voucher from The Artshop @ Rose Bay
The Judging Panel
Concetta Antico – Fine Artist & The Color Queen Gallery Owner
Concetta Antico is an Australian-American fine artist, art instructor, and Tetrachromat. Her life journey as a prolific artist started at the very young age of 5 discovering the work of the Impressionists for their use of colour, light and natural beauty. Antico spent the next three decades of her life painting earthly scenes while educating over 25,000 in the USA with her deft self-defined painting methodologies coupled with her innate ability to see colour in otherworldly ways. Antico is hailed by press worldwide as “The Color Queen” for her unique gift of being a scientifically endorsed Tetrachromat, the ability to see, (and paint) up to 100 million more colours than those of us with regular vision. Her two New Sydney galleries, The Color Queen Gallery in Woollahra and The Concetta Antico Gallery, in Edgecliff, are a testament to her devotion to the arts and the arts community.
Wendy Sharpe AM – Fine Artist
Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists. She lives in Sydney and Paris. She has won an extensive list of prizes, residencies and scholarships; including : winning the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), the Calleen Art Prize, the Adelaide Perry Art Prize and the Gold Award. Sharpe was also the first woman since WWII commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an Official War Artist, where she was posted to East Timor. She has had many international artists residencies, and also in Australia with Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Circus Oz and the State Library. Sharpe has held over 70 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.
Vanessa Stockard – Fine Artist
Growing up I often felt like an outsider. At boarding school there was this perfect blonde brigade, and I was not that. Life is beautiful in many ways, and yet hard and sad for many people. Like the drifters and the outsiders. I often try to soften the pathos and sadness I see in the world by adding some comic relief to my paintings. Otherwise I feel we’d all fall in a hole. Hopefully that way you get the beautiful with a joke on top.
A graduate of the College of Fine Arts (COFA) and a finalist of the Archibald Prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Vanessa paints in her studio in Bowral, NSW. Her practice is a combination of brush strokes with the drawn line, a daily juxtaposition of control and letting go. Her love of the peculiar, the comic and the ethereal continues to drive her.
“Oddity has never worried me. My Sydney school was surrounded by three halfway houses, and often on the way to and from the boarding house, the girls were flashed by lodgers. To me those people never felt threatening, just completely outside the norm. Derek Milkwood is someone like that. He’s a gentle character I paint, based on a guy I used to see in a Sydney park who would hang out naked in the reeds. I never knew his name, so I gave him one, Derek Milkwood. It just sounded like a wrong name for a misfit. I love him as a character, and use his paintings to broach stuff I find unfair, funny or absurd. If I have found life hard at times, what must life be like for him?
Marco Meneguzzi – Interior Designer
Design Founder Marco Meneguzzi is an Australia-based interior designer renowned for creating timeless, contemporary interiors that are equally luxurious and liveable.Through an exploration of materials, colour, scale, and an intuitive marriage of contemporary and vintage, architectural and textural, Marco curates refined spaces that will look as good in 20 years as they do now. Founded in 2001, Marco Meneguzzi Design projects span urban, rural and beachside.
EXHIBITION DATE 26th April – 16th May 2025
OPEN APPLICATIONS 15th December 2023 – 26th March 2025
50 FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT Sunday 30 March
Please Note: Only finalists will be sent confirmation emails
AWARDS & CELEBRATION EVENT Saturday 26th. April 2025, 6-9 PM
WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT Saturday 26th April 2025, 7 PM
FINALIST DROP OFF/DELIVERY DATES Mon 7th April – Fri 18th April
Please Note: Works cannot be accepted outside of these dates and late arrivals may not be exhibited
FINALIST COURIER RETURN REQUEST by Monday 19th May 2025
FINALIST COLLECTION OF UNSOLD ARTWORKS Monday 19th May 11AM – 5 PM
Failure to collect works on the designated days may result in a storage fee.
Works not collected more than 10 days past this dates without prior arrangement will be disposed of.
Art pieces will be evaluated based on any combination of the subsequent criteria:
- Demonstrated exceptional technical proficiency.
- Exceptional use of colour
- Displaying remarkable aesthetic qualities.
- Presenting a well-defined and concise concept.
- Understanding and innovative use of their chosen medium.
Please note that the judges’ decision is final.
Term & Conditions
The Color Queen Gallery
136 Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025.
- All submitted artworks must depict Australian Botanicals in some form.
- Each submitted artworks must be larger than 25x25cm and smaller than 40x50cm. Including frames and display apparatus, overall size must not exceed dimensions of 42x52cm. Artworks must be two-dimensional and suitable for wall display with correct mounting attached.
- Artworks must be paintings in oil or acrylic paint on canvas.
- Artworks must be two-dimensional and suitable for wall display. The size of each work must be larger than 25x25cm and smaller than 40x50cm.
- All Finalists will be featured in The Color Queen Gallery as The Queen Street Art Prize exhibition from April 26th to May 16th, 2025.
- Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to participate.
- Each entrant can submit a maximum of 5 artworks.
- The statements provided by artists will be used for judging purposes only and will not be displayed in the exhibition.
- Artists are responsible for ensuring their artworks do not infringe on copyright.
- The gallery will charge a 20% commission on all artwork sales, excluding 10 % GST.
- All work must be for sale, except those which are acquisitive as prizes winners.
- Finalists will be contacted to ask for the price of their works for the exhibition, if price was not attached.
- Although the gallery takes precautions to ensure artwork safety, it will not be held responsible for any damage.
- Artists are encouraged to insure their work if they have concerns.
- Only Australian born artists with at least 12 months residency in Australia may submit to the prize.
- Artists must be 16 years of age or older.
- The judges’ decision is final.
- Artists must have the copyright or licensing for each artwork they submit.
- The gallery will not accept content that is obscene, pornographic, indecent, inflammatory, defamatory, or racist towards any person or group.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- The The Color Queen Gallery reserves the right to cancel entries or not display works that violate any of the Terms and Conditions.
To participate, you must complete the Entry Form. The entry fee is $50 per artwork, with a maximum of 5 works allowed per entrant. Entry fees are non-refundable.
DELIVERY OF FINALIST’S ARTWORK
For in-person, postal and courier deliveries, artwork must be submitted on April 7th to 18th, 2025 between 11 am and 5 pm during gallery opening times (Wednesday-Saturday 11-5pm) Artwork will not be accepted via in-person drop-off before April 1 due to storage limitations. Artwork not delivered within these dates will not be included in the exhibition, and fees will not be refunded. Delivery expenses are the responsibility of the artist. All artwork must be ready for hanging upon arrival. Artists bringing works in person should bring appropriate packaging for transport during collection.
All artworks to be eligible must be no larger than 42x52cm and no smaller than 25x25cm including frames and display apparatus. Artworks must be oil or acrylic on canvas.
All artworks must be wired or have d-rings attached for hanging. Artworks lacking a sufficient hanging mechanism on the back will not be hung, and the entry fee will not be refunded.
Canvas works may be hung using their stretcher frames where appropriate.
The artist’s name and the title and size of the work and price requested must be written or labelled on the back of the artwork for clear identification.
Unlabelled works may not be exhibited, and the exhibition fee will not be refunded.
Artists can enter multiple works, such as diptychs or triptychs, as a single work if approved by Prize staff, but they must adhere to specific requirements.
COLLECTION AND RETURN OF FINALIST WORKS
Unsold finalist works must be collected by the artist or a nominated proxy from The Color Queen Gallery between 11am and 5pm on Monday May 19, 2025. A $50 storage late fee will be charged for work not collected by this date. Works not collected by Monday May 26th, 2025, will be disposed of.
Finalist artists can nominate a proxy for collection, and their names must be emailed to the Prize team, with matching ID required for collection. Interstate and remote artists can have unsold works posted back via courier, but this is the only option for postal returns. Artists should not send stamps or return packaging with their artwork.
Finalist artists must contact the gallery before the exhibition’s closing date to confirm this arranged service and confirm their address. Only clearly labelled packaging, suitable for reuse, will be stored for courier returns. Courier returns must be requested by May 16, 2025. Artists must arrange their own courier quote for returning the artworks at the end of the exhibition, with return costs at the artist’s expense. Artists who wish to make their own in-person or proxy collection arrangements must inform the gallery before the exhibition ends. Courier returns must be complete By 5pm Friday May 23th, 2025.
Finalist artists must notify The Color Queen Gallery of their courier return details by May 16, 2025; entering their address on the application form does not count as requesting courier return.
SALE OF FINALIST ARTWORKS
A 20% commission on artwork sales applies excluding 10% GST where applicable.
In the event of a sale, BSB bank details provided will be used for payment, artists should ensure with management that their bank details are correct at the time of entry. Artist settlements will be prepared and finalised within 30 days after the exhibition ends.
While the gallery takes the utmost care of artwork, it does not assume responsibility for theft, loss, or damage. Artists are advised to consider purchasing their own insurance.