Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding The Hadley’s Art Prize. If you have any further questions after reading this page, then you can use the contact us form to get in touch.


How did the Hadley’s Art Prize come about?
The Hadley’s Art Prize evolved from the hotel’s fascinating history, which is interwoven with art, particularly landscape art. Owner Don Neil dreamt up the Hadley’s Art Prize on the 90th anniversary of the hotel’s first art exhibition. The prize celebrates this milestone. For Don it is also a way of giving back to the art community as artists and art-loving tourists have been flocking to Hobart and filling hotels in recent years.

The Hadley’s Art Prize is an acquisitive award. Learn more about Art at Hadley’s Orient Hotel here

Is there a theme for this year’s prize?
The Hadley’s Art Prize launched with the theme of ‘History and Place: For the best portrayal of the Australian landscape which acknowledges the past’. This was a way of reconnecting with the hotel’s history of art and inspiring the sharing of stories of Australia’s past through contemporary landscape art.
We are now seeking the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.

How do you define landscape?
Artists are invited to think openly about the notion of landscape in terms of visually engaging with and representing the land.

What mediums are accepted?
May be in any medium (excluding photography and film), but must be two dimensional (2D) and wall-mountable.

What is the maximum size limit?
180cm (height) x 180cm (width). This must include framing.

Will you accept a work slightly over the size limit?
For consistency and fairness, we are only accepting entries that meet the requirements in the Conditions of Entry. The maximum size is by height and width, not by total square cm. The maximum size must include framing.

Is there a maximum weight?
The maximum weight is 20kg.

How can I enter the prize?
Entries open online on 5 January 2018.
An entry requires:
– Completion of the online entry form
– A non-refundable entry fee of $40 (GST inclusive).
– A high-resolution image of the artwork (minimum 2500 x 2500 pixels)
– A short artist statement (no more than 100 words) about the work
– An up-to-date 1-page artist CV

A panel of three Australian art specialist judges will select the finalists, the winner and the recipients of highly commended prizes. The 2018 judging panel will be announced soon.

Is there another way I can enter the prize? Is there a hard copy entry form that can be sent in?
Entries can only be made through the online entry form. This is the most efficient way to collate the entries for judging.

I am an Australian artist who is currently doing an art residency overseas, can I still enter the prize?
Yes. Entries open online on 5 January 2018.

When do entries close?
Entries close on Friday 18 May at 6.00 pm AEST. No late entries will be accepted.

When will I find out if I’m a finalist?
Finalists will be announced online on Saturday 2 June 2018. Finalists will be notified by email and mail.

Where and when will the exhibition of finalists be held?
At Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street Hobart from Saturday 21 July 2018 – Saturday 25 August 2018.

How can I book to stay during the exhibition?
Hadley’s Orient Hotel will have special accommodation packages available during the exhibition. Accommodation can be booked through the Hadley’s Orient Hotel website.

The entry conditions for 2018 will be available soon. For more information you can contact the prize curator, Dr Amy Jackett on curator@hadleysartprize.com.au