Emerging artists have less than three weeks to enter one of Australia’s well-known art competitions – the Wilson HTM National Art Prize.

Launched in 2007, the Wilson HTM National Art Prize is an acquisitive art award open to emerging Australian based visual artists practicing in any media.

Supported by Wilson HTM Investment Group and managed by cultural development agency Artworkers Alliance , the Wilson HTM National Art Prize award was devised with the aim to acknowledge, the difficulties faced by artists in terms of national and international recognition for achievement and the difficulties faced in regards to long-term financial stability.

Encouraging entries from all media, the art prize shines a light on the efforts and incredible talents of emerging Australian artists.

In order to be considered as an emerging artist, the entrant must have been exhibiting as a professional artist for no more than five years after completion of any relevant training / study. Entrants are still considered eligible if they are represented by a commercial gallery.

The prizes for the 2009 award include an acquisitive primary prize, a non-acquisitive Highly Commended runners-up prize, and a Wilson HTM Encouragement Award.

For the 2009 award - up to 12 finalists will be chosen by the judges to feature in an exhibition. The 2009 winners will be announced at a prize giving at the launch of the finalist exhibition at Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane in 2009.