The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize is a competition encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing an opportunity for students to showcase their reflective ability to express concepts of justice and mercy.

This year (2021) is the inaugural exhibition and the prize is open to students enrolled in Catholic schools in the

Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Toowoomba

in three age divisions across years 5 to 12.

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About the prize

The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize presents a unique opportunity for students to expand their thinking about concepts of justice and mercy through artistic expression.

Shortlisted works across each age division will be exhibited at Adderton: house & heart of mercy, a gallery and community space for exploring justice and mercy through contemporary art, workshops and events. Adderton, is an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane.

Prizes are awarded in first and second place for visual art or creative writing submissions across junior, intermediate and senior age divisions plus one viewer’s choice award.

All students whose work is shortlisted and exhibited receive a Certificate of Artistic Achievement.

Competition & Judging Criteria

Individual students are invited to submit up to two visual art pieces and/or creative writing pieces that are a contemporary interpretation of the scripture text allocated for the age division, offering new ways to interpret justice and mercy in the 21st century

Entries will be judged in the following six categories:

Visual Arts (Junior years 5-6, Intermediate years 7-9 and Senior years 10-12)

Creative Writing (Junior years 5-6, Intermediate years 7-9 and Senior years 10-12)

All students whose work is shortlisted and exhibited receive a Certificate of Artistic Achievement.

Prizes will be awarded to an individual student and/or student group whose entry best responds to the stimulus. Only shortlisted entries will be eligible for prizes.

The submission should respond to the stimulus of the scripture text allocated to each age division, below:

Junior: Years 5 & 6

You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Leviticus 19:18 & Matthew 22:39

Intermediate: Years 7, 8, 9

What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

Senior: Years 10, 11, 12

Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

Prizes

Visual Arts

The Ellen Whitty Junior School Visual Arts Prize for first place – $200

The Ellen Whitty Middle School Visual Arts Prize for first place – $300

The Ellen Whitty Senior School Visual Arts Prize for first place – $500

The Jane Gorry Junior School Visual Arts Prize for second place – $100

The Jane Gorry Middle School Visual Arts Prize for second place – $150

The Jane Gorry Senior School Visual Arts Prize for second place – $250

Creative Writing

The Ellen Whitty Junior School Creative Writing Prize for first place – $200

The Ellen Whitty Middle School Creative Writing Prize for first place – $300

The Ellen Whitty Senior School Creative Writing Prize for first place – $500

The Jane Gorry Junior School Creative Writing Prize for second place – $100

The Jane Gorry Middle School Creative Writing Prize for second place – $150

The Jane Gorry Senior School Creative Writing Prize for second place – $250

Key dates

9 May

Submissions open for Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize

June / July School Holidays

Art and/or creative writing workshops at Adderton: house & heart of mercy. Register here for email updates about workshops

29 August

Submissions close. Final date for submissions for Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize

20 September

Shortlisted artists notified by email

9-11 October

Shortlisted entrants deliver artworks to Adderton

4 November

Exhibition opens and first and second place prize winners announced in each age division

Early January

People’s Choice Award announced

Guidelines for submission

Who can enter?

  • All students currently enrolled in Years 5 to 12 in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Toowoomba are eligible to submit up to two works in both the creative writing and visual arts categories for their age division.

What is required?

  • Please read both the guidelines for all submissions AND the specific guidelines for the category in which you are making a submission e.g visual arts and/or creative writing submissions.
  • Complete the online submission form including Parent/Guardian and student signatures for consent and copyright confirmation live on the web-page from 9 May 2021. Artworks will not be accepted without this form.
  • Students must have written permission from the copyright owner of any work that has been reproduced in their artwork. If permission has not been obtained, the work will not be included in the Arts Prize.
  • Provide the following:
    • For visual art entries - one digital image (JPEG or TIFF files at 300dpi)
    • For video entries - a url link and password to access on a password protected Vimeo or Youtube page;
    • For creative writing entries - a digital PDF file.
  • Read the ‘How to submit your entry’ details and ‘Terms and Conditions’ below.
  • Any work deemed to be inappropriate for public viewing will not be accepted.

Project consent and copyright confirmation

All students participating in the Student Arts Prize are required to complete a 2021 Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Student Arts Prize submission form including Parent/Guardian and students signatures for copyright confirmation and consent to enter the competition.

Visual arts guidelines

  • Any medium
  • Maximum size is 120cm x 120 cm x 120cm once installed
  • If the artwork has individual components, parts should not exceed 20kg
  • For video works, an upload must be made to a password protected Vimeo or Youtube page so a link and password can be provided as part of the entry submission
  • A statement up to 150 words reflecting on the artwork and how it interprets the scripture text related to justice and mercy in the 21st century is to be inputted on the submission form. Artworks without the artists response on the submission form will not be exhibited or considered for judging
  • Applicants with short-listed submissions will be notified by email around 20 September and advised of delivery details between 9 and 11 October.

Creative writing guidelines

  • A piece of creative writing such as short story, illustrated book, prose, poetry, feature article or digital story with the following word length:

    • Junior: Years 5 and 6 - up to 800 words
    • Intermediate: Years 7, 8 and 9 - up to 1000 words
    • Senior: Years 10, 11 and 12 - up to 2000 words
  • All creative writing entries must be submitted as digital PDF files
  • The digital file must be named as follows: student name_ title of piece_word length_ name of school enrolled
  • A statement up to 150 words reflecting on the artwork and how it interprets the scripture text related to justice and mercy in the 21st century is to be inputted on the submission form. Artworks without the artists response on the submission form will not be exhibited or considered for judging

Judging process

Works will be shortlisted for display from the total submissions. Participants whose work is shortlisted will be notified by email by the end of September. For visual art submissions, shortlisted applicants will be required to deliver their works to Adderton between 9 and 11 October and will be emailed details about delivery when they are notified about shortlisting.

From the shortlist, first and second prize winners in each category will be selected. At the end of the exhibition a People’s Choice winner will be announced. The judges’ decision will be final.

How to submit entries

Online submission form live from 9 may 2021

The submission form for entries will be live from 9 May 2021 until 29 August 2021. All entries must be submitted via the submission form which includes the facility to upload files by 29 August 2021.

The submission form requires Parent/Guardians and students to have read the submission guidelines and terms and conditions and the signatures of Parent/Guardians and students for consent and copyright confirmation.

Submission Checklist

  • Complete online submission form signed by Parent/Guardian and student
  • For visual art submissions - Upload 1 Digital image for each piece of visual art submitted (JPEG or TIFF files at 300 dpi) via the submission form
  • For video installation submissions – Upload 1 url link and password to access video on password protected Vimeo or Youtube page via the submission form
  • For creative writing submissions – Upload 1 digital PDF file of each creative writing piece via the submission form

Terms & conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize

  1. Information on how to enter and participate in the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Arts Prize including all program guidelines, information books, forms and fact sheets form part of these terms and conditions of entry. Participation in the Prize will be considered acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The Corporation of the Trustees of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy in Queensland (ABN 94 710 251 744) owners and operators of Adderton: house & heart of mercy (Adderton) is the owner of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Arts Prize program.
  3. Once entered, details are not transferable to any other person or organisation or school.
  4. Late, partially completed or submissions that do not satisfy the submission requirements or program guidelines at the time of the program entry closing may be judged as ineligible for participation in the program.
  5. All information submitted must be true and correct as at the time of submission.
  6. The judges' decision is final.
  7. Sisters of Mercy Brisbane accepts no responsibility for inability to or failure to submit or nominate by the final date.
  8. The nominee grants Sisters of Mercy Brisbane the right to use personal information (including student details, photographs and/or video) in accordance with the project consent form.
  9. By providing material (including student details, photographs and/or video) to the entry portal the nominee warrants they either own the material or have acquired sufficient right to use the material for the purpose of the program and agree to indemnify Sisters of Mercy Brisbane against any loss or damages caused by breach of this warranty.
  10. Although every effort will be made to ensure project materials (including certificates, prizes and awards) are sent to the address stated on the submission, Sisters of Mercy Brisbane takes no responsibility for lost or misdirected items not received by students.
  11. Sisters of Mercy Brisbane will not be responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, traffic congestion on the Internet, etc. including, but not limited to, any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in this program.
  12. If for any reason the program is unable to run as planned including causes beyond the control of the organisers, Sisters of Mercy Brisbane may at its sole discretion cancel, suspend or modify the program.
  13. Sisters of Mercy Brisbane will not be responsible for any failure by sponsors and partners to fulfil obligations.
  14. The program may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  15. The participant agrees to indemnify Sisters of Mercy Brisbane against any loss or damages caused by a cancellation, suspension, modification or withdrawal of the program.
  16. These terms and conditions may be altered where necessary, and any changes will be notified on Adderton’s website.
  17. Sisters of Mercy Brisbane reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of a submission, reject a submission or disqualify a submission that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  18. All prize winning entries will remain on loan to Adderton for up to one year from the opening of the Arts Prize. Entries will be returned to prize winners at the end of that year.
  19. In these terms and conditions the "Sisters of Mercy Brisbane" shall mean and include the Corporation of the Trustees of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy in Queensland"