National Works on Paper Prize

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19 July 2020
22 September 2020
Prize money
AUD $50,000
VIC, Australia
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1,100 entries received for the 2020 prize.

This is a biennial award and exhibition.

This year (2020) as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, MPRG is holding our prestigious biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) acquisitive exhibition. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading contemporary artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, painting, digital prints and paper sculpture.

The prize on on offer is:

  • The Beleura The House & Garden Acquisitive Award - $15,000
  • Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsular Shire Acquisition Prize.


Venue: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, Victoria.

Contact: For more information call 03 5975 4395 or email

Application dates
25 January 2020 - 19 July 2020
Exhibition dates
22 September 2020 - 22 November 2020
Finalists notified
12 August 2020
National Entries
Prize frequency
Biennial - Even Years
Louise Tegart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat; Gina Mobayed, Director, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; Danny Lacy, Senior Curator, MPRG
Prize genre
Works on paper
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, Victoria.
AUD $50,000
There is an entry fee of $30 - please note only one entry can be submitted.
Last updated
12 August 2020
Prior Winners
2018: Elena Papanikolakis - Emerging Artist Prize ($3,500)
2018: James Tylor - Joint winner with Laura Wills ($15,000)
2018: Laura Wills - Joint winner with James Tylor ($15,000)
2018: Ray Arnold - Friends of MPRG acquisition ($10,000)
2016: Daniel O'Shane - Winner ($15,000)
2014: Jess Johnson - Winner ($45,000)
2012: Laith McGregor - Winner ($15,000)