Saturday 20th July 2019




Artist registration for the Australian Muslim Artists exhibition 2019 (AMA2019) is now open. Australian Muslim Artists is the annual exhibition presented and curated by the Islamic Museum of Australia showcasing Muslim Artists. The exhibition offers an opportunity for both up-and-coming and established artists to present their work in a professional gallery setting.


Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize – La Trobe University Acquisitive Award

We are excited to introduce the inaugural Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize, thanks to the support of prize sponsor La Trobe University.  The Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize recipient will be awarded $15,000 cash and the prize also includes acquisition of the winning piece by La Trobe University.


Australian Muslim Artist 2019 People’s Choice Art Prize (non-acquisitive)

A People’s Choice Art Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the AMA2019 exhibition, following voting by Museum visitors during the AMA2019 exhibition period, 13 September – 25 October. This is a non-acquisitive, $500 cash prize.


Future Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize 2019 (non-acquisitive)

The Future Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize 2019 (FAMA2019) will be awarded in separate category for high school art students in Year 10-12. This is a non-acquisitive, $250 cash prize.


With thanks to the Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize sponsor:


Applications open: 19 June 2019
Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 11 August 2019
Shortlisting: Monday 12 August – Tuesday 20 August 2019
Exhibition selection notification: By close of business, Thursday 22 August 2019
Work delivery: 26 – 30 August 2019, between 10am – 4pm
La Trobe University AMA Art Prize and FAMA Art Prize Announcement and official AMA2019 exhibition opening: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 12 September 2019
AMA2019 Exhibition dates: Friday 13 September – Friday 8 November 2019
People’s Choice Prize announcement: Monday 11 November
Work collection:
18-22 November 2019, between 10am – 4pm (by appointment)


Applications are open to all artists who meet the criteria outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Eligible entries are considered for inclusion in the AMA2019, an exhibition of shortlisted works selected by a panel of judges.

Three prizes will be awarded for AMA2019:

  1. The Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize, a La Trobe University acquisitive award of $15,000.
  2. The Future Australian Muslim Artist (FAMA) Art Prize, a non-acquisitive award of $250 for Year 10 – 12 students.
  3. The People’s Choice Art Prize, a non-acquisitive award of $500.
  • The 2019 prizes will be awarded to a recent work (completed after 11 August 2018) that has not been previously exhibited in the AMA exhibition.
  • There is no restriction on the medium, language or technique used.
  • There are no size restrictions, however works must be able to be lifted by two people. If you are unsure, please contact the Museum for more information.

There is no fee to enter AMA2019.

  1. The AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM ARTIST 2019 Art Prize (acquisitive award) of $15,000 granted by La Trobe University, is open to established artists who are citizens or permanent residents (at least 12 months) of Australia over 18 years of age. Works submitted must be the original work of the artist and completed after 11 August 2018.
  2. The winning work will become the property of La Trobe University and retained in the La Trobe University Art Collection, and displayed at the Islamic Museum of Australia.
  3. The FUTURE AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM ARTIST ART PRIZE (FAMA2019) (non-acquisitive award) of $250 is open to high school art students in Year 10 – 12. The submitting artist must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (at least 12 months). Works submitted must be the original work of the artist and completed in the 12 months prior to the closing date.
  4. The PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE (non-acquisitive award) of $500 is open to any artist who complies with Terms & Conditions 1. It will be judged by the public via online vote and announced at the completion of the exhibition.
  5. To be eligible, all Entrants must submit a complete application to Islamic Museum of Australia by the due date. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  6. Applications must be made online at
  7. Only one entry may be submitted by an individual artist.
  8. Entries must be work that is unconditionally available for acquisition by La Trobe University in exchange for the prize amount of $15,000.
  9. A judging panel will review all eligible entries and will select a shortlist for exhibition. All Entrants will be contacted by email and advised whether their entry has been shortlisted. Decisions regarding the shortlist and winning artists will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. The entry must be an original, uncopied work made solely by the artist in the 12 months prior to the closing date for applications. If the artist has been assisted by technicians, they must be identified.
  11. Islamic Museum of Australia and La Trobe University recognises that the authorship and copyright of the work displayed in the final exhibition belongs to the artist.
  12. The shortlisted Entrants must permit Islamic Museum of Australia to reproduce biographical information and images of entered works in an exhibition catalogue and in promotional material associated with the AMA2019 Art Prize and exhibition. Islamic Museum of Australia will attribute the artist as the author of the work wherever the work is reproduced unless it is reasonable in the circumstances not to do so.
  13. The shortlisted Entrants must agree to granting Islamic Museum of Australia or its representative an interview by phone or in person to develop further promotional content for AMA2019.
  14. The winner of the major acquisitive prize will grant Islamic Museum of Australia and La Trobe University a non-exclusive, perpetual copyright licence to reproduce the work for non-commercial purposes. Islamic Museum of Australia will attribute the Artist as the author of the work wherever the work is reproduced unless it is reasonable in the circumstances not to do so.
  15. Shortlisted Entrants must arrange for delivery of their work to Islamic Museum of Australia during opening hours, as specified above, free of any costs to the Museum. The work delivered must be the same as the image supplied; any subsequent alterations will render the work ineligible for the Prize unless prior permission is granted.
  16. All works shortlisted must be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.
  17. All Artists will be responsible for the insurance of their exhibited works.
  18. Islamic Museum of Australia will not accept liability for any loss or damage inflicted to works that may occur during transit.
  19. Artworks can be framed, stretched, mounted or pinned and must be delivered ready to hang and display.
  20. Artworks must clearly mark the artist name, title of artwork and indicate the upright position.
  21. All artworks must be collected by appointment during Museum opening hours, as specified above. Artists must contact us if unable to collect during this period. Unless prior arrangements have been made, all uncollected work will be disposed of eight weeks after the exhibition closure.
  22. The Prize Winning Entrant agrees to make all reasonable effort to attend the Opening Event at their own expense.
  23. Islamic Museum of Australia reserves the right to refuse display of any entry that does not meet the requirements outlined in Terms and Conditions, or any work it deems to be unacceptable for exhibition.
  24. Employees of Islamic Museum of Australia, La Trobe University and those involved in the administration or judging of the Prize are not eligible to enter.
  25. In completing the entry form the Entrant agrees to these Terms & Conditions.
  26. If a dispute arises relating to the administration of the Australian Muslim Artist 2019 Art Prize, the parties agree to negotiate to settle the dispute with the assistance of an agreed independent third party, or if no agreement can be made, by a mediator from the Australian Mediation Association before litigation.
  27. Any artworks sold during the period of exhibition will be negotiated privately between artist and buyer. The Islamic Museum of Australia will facilitate the process by providing contact details upon request.

Enquiries may be directed to Islamic Museum of Australia:

Telephone 1300 915 171 or email:


Australian Muslim Artists 2019 Entry Form

Entry forms must be submitted to Islamic Museum of Australia by Sunday 11 August 2019.
  • Contact Details

  • Artwork Details

    If the submitted artwork consists of multiple pieces, please indicate by number.
  • Drop files here or
    Upload a photograph of artwork.
    Images must be saved as “artistsurname_artistfirstname_title.jpg” (i.e. smith_john_slumber.jpg).
  • Please describe the artwork(s) in less than 100 words.
  • Please include an artist biography in 100 words or less.
  • Terms & Conditions of Entry

    By signing this document, I warrant that I have read, and agree to abide by, the conditions of entry as set out in the Terms and Conditions of entry.
    I declare that the work submitted is my original authentic work and does not infringe the copyright or moral rights of another person or group.
    I acknowledge that I retain full copyright of the work and I give permission for the work to be reproduced by media and to be photographed prior to and during the exhibition for promotional and exhibition documentation purposes.
    This application is a contract between the entrant/ artist and Islamic Museum of Australia, the terms of which are in this document.

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