Calling all artists who work in three dimensions!

As part of the Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture, Wodonga Council is hosting the inaugural Upstream Small Sculpture Prize. 

Celebrating the beauty and intricacy of small-scale, three-dimensional artworks, the competition welcomes entries from both school-age and adult artists. 

Selected entries will form an exhibition that will run in the week leading-up to and during the Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture from March 2 to March 9, 2020. 

Three winners will be chosen from the selected works exhibited. 

Selection process and prizes

All entries will be considered by a curatorial panel comprising a prominent local artist, a local curator and a representative from Arts Space Wodonga. This panel will select up to 20 works for the exhibition as part of the Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture. The panel will consider the following.

Creativity – To what degree is this something that we have not seen before
Quality – The use of the chosen medium and skill involved in making the work
Composition – How effectively has the artist used visual elements within the artwork
Idea – How effectively has the artist communicated an idea or theme

The sculptures chosen for exhibition will be eligible for the following prizes.

  • Adults award (19 years and over) $1000
  • Secondary school award (Ages 13 to 18) $500
  • Primary school award (Ages 5 to 12) $300

Winners will be decided by People’s Choice voting which take place during the week of the exhibition at The Goods Shed Wodonga.

Key dates for applicants

Entries openFriday, January 10, 2020
Deadline for submissionsFriday, February 14, 2020
Successful applicants advisedFriday, February 21, 2020
Deliver artworks to The Goods ShedSunday, March 1, 10am to 1pm
Exhibition at The Goods Shed Wodonga function roomMonday, March 2 to Monday, March 9, 2020
Collect works from The Goods ShedMonday, March 9, between 4pm and 5pm


Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 63pm to 8pm
Saturday, March 711am to 8pm
Voting closes Saturdayat 6.30pm
Winners announced on Saturdayat 7.30pm
Sunday, March 811am to 8pm
Monday, March 911am to 2pm

Terms and conditions
  • Artists may enter one (1) submission for selection.
  • To be considered for exhibition, all entries MUST be within the stated dimensions.
  • All works should not exceed 400mm in length by 400mm in width due to plinth sizes. Any works submitted exceeding this size may be considered upon the Curator’s discretion.
  • The Upstream Small Sculpture Prize is open to works executed in the previous 12 months and NOT exhibited in a competition in the past 12 months.
  • Insurance is the responsibility of the artist at all times. Wodonga City Council and curator do not cover malicious-damage insurance for any work in the exhibition, nor does it insure those persons installing and de-installing works.
  • All directions/requests from the Curator and Wodonga City Council authorities must be complied with.
  • Artists are not permitted to display commercial logos on or around the sculpture.
  • Any artwork that communicates profanity will not be eligible for selection.
  • Wodonga City Council reserves the right to reproduce images of works for promotional, marketing or educational purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, exhibition catalogues, publicity, advertising, website, video footage, exhibition or archival purposes in
  • any manner connected with the exhibition and its sponsors.
  • All entries must be received by the Friday February 7, 2020. No late entries will be accepted into the competition.
  • All works must be stable, freestanding and capable of being displayed on plinths supplied at the venue.
  • Works must be free of freight charges upon delivery and collection.
  • Wodonga City Council will issue a Letter of Acceptance to all selected applicants the week of Friday February 21, 2020
  • The selection panel’s decision for inclusion of entries is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Lobbying the selection panel &/or representatives of Wodonga City Council will result in instant disqualification and preclude entry in future awards. 
  • While care is taken, Wodonga City Council holds no responsibility for damage caused to works during installation, de-installation, and while the works are on display.
  • Any significant changes to works following selection must be reported to the Curator.
  • Works must arrive securely wrapped (in bubble wrap or otherwise) with the artist’s name and phone number clearly marked on the outside.
  • Wodonga City Council reserves the right to remove a work from display where the work can be considered a health hazard or risk to the public.
  • When submitting works, artists are required to consider safety. Works deemed unsafe, or which do not match the Curator’s expectations in relation to the artist’s entry form, may be excluded from the exhibition.
  • It is a fundamental condition of exhibiting that the artist agrees not to issue press releases without the written consent of Wodonga City Council.
  • The winner of the Upstream Small Sculpture Prize will be announced at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Upstream Street Party event at Junction Square.
  • The Upstream Small Sculpture Prize is a non-acquisitive prize.
  • Collection of works is Monday, March 9, 2020 between 4pm and 5pm from The Goods Shed, Wodonga. The person collecting artwork must bring the official receipt issued by Wodonga City Council received on artwork delivery. If you require another person to pick up your work, you must nominate them on this receipt. Any uncollected works will be disposed of.
  • If you are not personally collecting your work at the close of the exhibition, your work will not be released without written authorisation from you.
  • Council employees and their immediate family are ineligible to enter the Upstream Small Sculpture Prize.
  • All works are to be listed as not for sale, any artists wishing to sell their work are to negotiate their own sales.


Bronwen Garner
Arts Space Wodonga, Wodonga Council 

Phone: 60229600


104 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC 3690