Proudly Sponsored by "The Astute Artist"



188 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780

Exhibition: Thursday 1 February 2024 - Monday 5 February 2024

Artists are invited to submit mini artworks for the Gallery NWC Mini Art Prize—Proudly sponsored by The Astute Artist. Create a small or mini artwork that brings alive the concept of ‘PLACE’ in your favourite medium. The winners of the Gallery NWC Miniature Artwork Prize win an Astute Artist Course valued at $599.00



Art Students & Emerging Artist (Less than 5 years of active art practice post-graduation).

About the Astute Artist Course

The course is specifically aimed at art students and emerging artists who are in the early stages of their career and need assistance with developing business skills” (Astute Artist, 2023). The course is self-paced and online.




  • Art Student + Emerging Artist Art Prize
  • Sponsored by The Astute Artist
  • First Prize – Art Student Art Prize – Course by The Astute Artist 
  • First Prize – Emerging Artist Art Prize – Course by The Astute Artist
  • $15 per artwork 
  • Maximum of 5 entries per artist.
  • All entries will be displayed.
  • All artwork is for sale.
  • Gallery commission of 15% on all sold artworks
  • Maximum of 5 entries per artist
  • Small scale pieces under 35cm in any direction (including frame)
  • Sculpture welcome
  • 2 dimensional works welcome
  • All mediums welcome
  • 2D works need to have gallery D-rings and wire



Entries close Friday 19 January 5pm - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Get your entries in by 29 JANUARY  2024!

Successful Artists notified Monday 22 January by 5pm

Only selected artists pay entry fee for each artwork selected

Interstate entries close Friday 12 January

Interstate entries require earlier notification of success and will be informed ASAP

Drop off Artworks for Installation: Monday 29 January from 3.30pm

Exhibition 1 - 5 February 2024

Prize Event Saturday 3 February 5-7pm

Collection Unsold Artworks 5 February 3.30pm to 5pm


Created by media professionals Lisa Doust and Wilamina Russo, The Astute Artist has been expressly designed to assist artists in functioning more professionally, attracting the attention of industry professionals and selling their art far and wide. Whether you are looking to run a successful side hustle or ultimately want to become a full-time artist, this course is for you.

Working at your own pace, in six steps you will learn how to transform your art practice into a viable small business. As well as the basics, such as identifying the right industry pathway and your key strengths, we will guide you through setting up your art business efficiently, writing quality content and ensuring you are ready for any gallery or media opportunities that arise.

Each lesson will take around an hour. By the end of the course, you will be ready to present yourself as a professional artist and small-business operator who is set to seize every opportunity that comes your way.

We understand that you may already be across some elements of our six lessons, so we’ve given you the option to either complete the full course or choose the half that best suits your current needs. It may be that you’re starting completely from scratch or you’re already operating as a small business but need some guidance before taking the next step. Either way, if you’ve been procrastinating for a while, consider the wise words of Confucius: ‘You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.’


Lisa Doust is an Australian journalist with vast and varied writing, editing, publishing, social media and marketing experience across multiple print and digital platforms. She also has an absolute passion for art.

In 2019, after relocating from the Blue Mountains back to Sydney with a view to expanding her career options, Lisa decided to take a sideways step by managing the business and media side of things for her sister, renowned still life artist Melanie Vugich.

Over the past four years, the pair have worked closely to ensure Melanie’s profile has been significantly raised, the galleries and art dealers she works with are a perfect fit, all deadlines are met and her collectors are kept up to date with upcoming exhibitions, collaborations and all relevant news.

By utilising her skills in new and creative ways, Lisa has forged an exciting new career path and discovered how to assist artists in becoming as professional and prepared as possible for successfully operating a small business.

The Astute Artist


Gallery NWC Director and owner of Nationwide Curating, Katherine Kennedy will co-judge this prize with Lisa Doust.