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8 - 22 MARCH 2025

Theme: Water

The SOHO Art Prize provides a prominent platform for artists at various points in their careers, ranging from emerging talents to well-established professionals, who practice their craft across the diverse Australian landscape and beyond. The exhibition encompasses a wide array of 2D mediums, including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, and photography.

The 2025 SOHO Art Prize theme is ‘Water’.  This precious commodity is of paramount importance to Australia.  As the world's largest island continent, it plays a dual role in sustaining life and driving our nation's unique character. This theme can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and we encourage artists working in all genres to submit work. 

The finalists' works will be on public display from 8 - 22 March at SOHO Studio, and the announcement of the prize winners will take place online on Saturday 8 March at 6 pm.

As we celebrate our second year, we wholeheartedly extend an invitation for you to take part in this extraordinary event. It is certain to offer an unforgettable and enriching experience for all involved.

Online Entries Open August 15th, 6 pm


Over $12000 in prizes to be awarded, including


First Prize 

$6000 Cash Prize (Non-Acquisitive).

As selected by the judging panel.


Second Prize

$1500 Cash Prize (Non-Acquisitive).

As selected by the judging panel.


Third Prize 

A solo exhibition at SOHO Studio.

As selected by the SOHO Galleries curatorial Team.


Key Dates

EXHIBITION DATE  8 March - 22 March 2025

OPEN APPLICATIONS 30 July 2024 - 15 January 2025


Please Note: Only finalists will be sent confirmation emails

CELEBRATION EVENT Saturday 8 March 2025, 6-9 PM

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT Saturday 8 March 2025, 6 PM

DROP OFF/DELIVERY DATES 3 February - 18 February

Please Note: Works cannot be accepted outside of these dates and late arrivals may not be exhibited.



Failure to collect works on the designated days may result in a storage fee. Works not collected more than 30 days past these dates without prior arrangement may be disposed of.


Art pieces will be evaluated based on any combination of the subsequent criteria:

  • Demonstrated exceptional technical proficiency.

  • Displaying remarkable aesthetic qualities.

  • Presenting a well-defined and concise concept.

  • Understanding and innovative use of the chosen medium.

Please note that the judges' decision is final.

Term & Conditions


SOHO Studio

Address: Levels 1, 148 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra, NSW 2025.


  1. All submitted artworks must reference water in some form, including abstract interpretations.

  2. All submitted artworks, including frames and display apparatus, must not exceed dimensions of 153cm square.

  3. Artworks must be two-dimensional and suitable for wall display.

  4. All Finalists will be featured in the SOHO Art Prize exhibition from March 8 to March 22, 2025.

  5. Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to participate.

  6. Each entrant can submit a maximum of 3 artworks. A separate entry form must be completed for each work entered.

  7. The statements provided by artists will be used for judging purposes only and will not be displayed in the exhibition.

  8. Artists are responsible for ensuring their artworks do not infringe on copyright.

  9. The gallery will charge a 30% commission on all artwork sales, including GST. All work must be for sale.

  10. 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.

  11. National and international artists are welcome to participate.

  12. Artists must be 16 years of age or older.

  13. The judges' decision is final.

  14. Artists must have the copyright or licensing for each artwork they submit.

  15. The gallery will not accept content that is obscene, pornographic, indecent, inflammatory, defamatory, or racist towards any person or group.

  16. Entry fees are non-refundable.

  17. SOHO Studio 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 3 works allowed per entrant.  Entry fees are non-refundable.


For in-person, postal and courier deliveries, artwork must be submitted on February 3 to 18, between 11 am and 4 pm. Artwork will not be accepted via in-person drop-off before February 3 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 measure 153cm square or less, including frames and display apparatus. Artworks must be two-dimensional, but three-dimensional works can be included if they are wall-hang-able, such as weaving or flat ceramics. Framed artworks must be wired or have d-rings attached for hanging. If magnets are required, they must be supplied by the artist. Artworks lacking a sufficient hanging mechanism on the back will not be hung, and the entry fee will not be refunded.

Canvas works will be hung using their stretcher frames where appropriate.

The artist's name and the title of the work must be written or labeled on the back of the artwork for clear identification.

Unlabeled 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.


Unsold works must be collected by the artist or a nominated proxy from SOHO Studio between 10 am and 4 pm on March 29, 2025. A $100 late fee will be charged for work not collected by this date. Works not collected by April 29, 2025, will be disposed of.

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.

Artists must contact the gallery before the exhibition's closing date to request this service and confirm their address by March 9, 2025. Only clearly labeled packaging, suitable for reuse, will be stored for courier returns. Courier returns must be requested by March 9, 2025. SOHO Studio will obtain a 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 may take up to 30 days due to the volume of works. Artists must notify SOHO Studio of their courier return details by March 9, 2025; entering their address on the application form does not count as requesting courier return.


A 30% commission on artwork sales applies, including GST where applicable. In the event of a sale, the bank details provided on the entry form will be used for payment, so artists should ensure 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.

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