About Stencil Art Prize
The Stencil Art Prize is a touring exhibition of the world’s biggest, best and most daring artists who use the technique of cutting stencil layers, and painting a design. The Prize ran from 2009 to September 2021, exhibiting hundreds of artworks at galleries right around Australia. The Prize has now concluded however our recently released book “CUT: 10 years of the Stencil Art Prize” explores the histroy of the Stencil Art Prize and the artists that made up its unique stencil community.
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.
This stencil event is the largest and longest running stencil program on the planet.
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’.
2019 Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition - Port Macquarie
19 September - 29 November 2020, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie NSW Australia. 66 finalists from 23 Countries.
Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition - Gympie
16 June - 30 July 2020, Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie QLD Australia. 66 finalists from 23 Countries.
2019 Stencil Art Prize Tour Exhibition - Melbourne
7 December 2019 - 7 February 2020, Southern Buoy Studios, Melbourne VIC Australia. 66 finalists from 23 Countries.
2019 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition Sydney Launch
66 finalists from 23 Countries, Tortuga Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia. Winner: Edward Woodley (Australia). Highly Commended: Flox (New Zealand) , MEZK (Mexico), Moz (Italy)
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 – Noosa
23 March – 6 May 2018, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Noosa QLD Australia. 67 finalists from 25 countries
2017 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition – Muswellbrook
6 January – 4 March 2018, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, Muswellbrook NSW Australia. 67 finalists from 25 countries.
2016 – Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition- Sydney
5 – 25 September 2016Off Broadway Hub at Sydney Fringe Festival. 84 finalists from 21 countries Winner:Tinku, GuatemalaHighly 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
2015 – Stencil Art Prize
16-30 October 2015 at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park (Sydney, Australia) Winner: Monstfur, Poland Highly Commended: Tinku (Guatemala/Mexico), Tiera Boo (Australia),
2014 – Stencil Art Prize
16-19 October 2014 at 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)
2013 – Stencil Art Prize
Australian Stencil Art Prize & World Stencil Prize 16 – 27 October 2013 Exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney Australia Australian Category Winner: Ralf Kempken, Melbourne, Australia World Category Winner: David Soukup, Chicago, USA
2012 Australian Stencil Art Prize
21 November – 2 December 2012 - Exhibited at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney Australia Winner: Ralf Kempken, Melbourne, 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
2010 Australian Stencil Art Prize
11 – 21 November 2010 - Exhibited at Oh Really Gallery, Newtown, Sydney Australia. Winner: E.L.K, Canberra, Australia
2009 Inaugural Australian Stencil Art Prize
12- 26 November 2009 - Exhibited at Oh Really Gallery, Newtown, Sydney Australia Winner: Miss Link, Sydney, Australia