About us

The Stencil Art Prize is a touring exhibition of the world’s biggest, best and most daring artists that use the technique of cutting stencil layers, and painting a design.

This grassroots art form has undergone a resurgence in recent decades and is now thriving on the streets in every country around the globe. Edgy, political, cheeky and pop-culture inspired – the technique lends itself to a sense of wonder and intrigue. How was the stencil made and what does it mean?

The Stencil Art Prize began in 2009 with a start up grant from Marrickville Council and has continued to grow with support from the global stencil community, participating galleries and sponsors. Beginning as an Australian-only exhibition, the Prize moved to accept international artists in response to a strong demand in 2013.

Our annual stencil event is the largest and longest running stencil event on the globe. Each year, we exhibit the most innovative, inspiring, challenging and captivating stencil artworks. Collectively our finalists push the boundaries of the “stencil definition” each year as they develop new stencil techniques, messages, materials and technology. From photo realist stencils involving dozens of layers- to intricate hand cut stencils on delicate paper – the Stencil Art Prize is the authority on all things ‘stencil art’.

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  • Recognise and reward stencil artists
  • Provide recognition for stencil art as an artform in its own right
  • To foster creative connections between stencil artists from different countries and cultures
  • Archive stencil art




The Stencil Art Prize is the only large scale prize in the world that exists to recognise and reward stencil artists. The Prize originally began as the Australian Stencil Art Prize which ran as an Australian only prize from 2009 – 2012. In 2013, in response to mounting interest from international stencil artists, the organisers of the Australian Stencil Art Prize restructured and relaunched the art prize as the ‘Stencil Art Prize’.

The Stencil Art Prize is an acquisitive art prize, which means that the winning artwork is kept by the Stencil Art Prize. 




2009 Inaugural Australian Stencil Art Prize
12- 26 November 2009
Exhibited at Oh Really Gallery, Newtown, Sydney Australia
Winner: Miss Link, Sydney, Australia

2010 Australian Stencil Art Prize
11 – 21 November 2010
Exhibited at Oh Really Gallery, Newtown, Sydney Australia
Winner: E.L.K, Canberra, Australia

2011 Australian Stencil Art Prize
4 November – 11 December 2011
Exhibited at Outpost Project, a street art festival attracting 80,000 visitors to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour
Winner: 23rd Keys, Melbourne, Australia

2012 Australian Stencil Art Prize
21 November – 2 December 2012
Exhibited at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney Australia
Winner: Ralf Kempken, Melbourne, Australia

2013 – Stencil Art Prize
Australian Stencil Art Prize & World Stencil Prize
16 – 27 October 2013
Exhibition will be held at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney Australia
Australian Category Winner: Ralf Kempken, Melbourne, Australia
World Category Winner: David Soukup, Chicago, USA

2014 – Stencil Art Prize
16-19 October 2014
aMBUSH Gallery, Waterloo (Sydney, Australia)
Winner: 23rd Keys, Melbourne, Australia
Highly Commended: Tinku (Guatemala/Mexico), Monstfur (Poland), Tiera Boo (Australia)
MTN Australia ‘Best New Artist/Encouragement Award”: Mark Callaghan (Australia)

2015 – Stencil Art Prize
16-30 October 2015
aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park (Sydney, Australia)
Winner: Monstfur, Poland
Highly Commended: Tinku (Guatemala/Mexico), Tiera Boo (Australia), Losop (Australia)

2016 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition- Sydney
5 – 25 September 2016
Off Broadway Hub at Sydney Fringe Festival. 84 finalists from 21 countries
Winner:Tinku, Guatemala
Highly Commended: Tiera Boo (Australia), Mod Cardenas (Guatemala) and Mark Callaghan (Australia)

2016 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition- Adelaide
11 February – 9 April 2017, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, 84 finalists from 21 countries

2017 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition – Sydney
9 – 17 September 2017, Stirrup Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia. 67 finalists from 25 countries
Winner: Jana & JS (Austria)
Highly Commended: Moz (Italy), Katherine Jukes (Australia), Justinas Zozo (Lithuania)

2017 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition – Muswellbrook
6 January – 4 March 2018, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, Muswellbrook NSW Australia

2017 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition – Noosa
23 March – 6 May 2018, Noose Regional Art Gallery, Noosa QLD Australia

2019 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition – Sydney
September 2018 – Venue to be announced



Jacinta Fintan, Founder & Director
Working primarily in the area of urban art, Jacinta is an experienced art consultant and curator. Over the past nine years, she has built up the internationally successful Stencil Art Prize which is now regarded as the largest stencil event in the world. In response to increasing demand for her commercial work with muralists and street artists, Jacinta launched The Wall Station in January 2017 as a business dedicated to delivering high quality bespoke murals.

In addition to her work as an art consultant and curator, Jacinta is an experienced marketing and publicity professional delivering promotional services to artists in Australia through her company Sweet Media.

Earlier in her career, Jacinta held several full time high level Marketing and Communications Management positions with leading cultural organisations such as FBi Radio, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, The University of Sydney Union, The Women’s College and Screenwise Acting School.

We have several volunteer positions currently open. Contact us if you would like to volunteer. 

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