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Artist registrations have now closed

Artist registration for the Australian Muslim Artists exhibition 2020 (AMA2020) closed 30 June 2020. Thank you to all artists who have submitted their work. 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 continue 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 2020 People’s Choice Art Prize (non-acquisitive)

A People’s Choice Art Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the AMA2020 exhibition, following voting by Museum visitors during the AMA2020 exhibition period. This is a non-acquisitive, $500 cash prize.


With thanks to the Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize sponsor:




Australian Muslim Artists 2020 supporters:





Applications open: Monday 30 March 2020

Applications close: 11.59pm, Tuesday 30 June 2020

Shortlisting: Wednesday 1 July – Tuesday 14 July 2020

Exhibition selection notification: By close of business, Wednesday 15 July 2020

Delivery period for shortlisted works: Thursday 16 – Wednesday 22 July

Opening night and AMA Arts Prize recipient announcement: Thursday 13 August

AMA exhibition: Friday 14 August – Friday 20 November

People’s Choice Prize announcement: Monday 23 November

Artists to collect works: Monday 30 November – Saturday 5 December

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

Eligible entries are considered for inclusion in the AMA2020, an exhibition of shortlisted works selected by a panel of judges.

Three prizes will be awarded for AMA2020:

  1. The Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize, a La Trobe University acquisitive award of $15,000.
  2. The People’s Choice Art Prize, a non-acquisitive award of $500.

Dr Stefano Carboni

Dr. Stefano Carboni is an internationally recognised curator and scholar of Persian and Islamic art. He has served as Curator and Administrator of the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Visiting Professor of Islamic Art at the Bard Center of New York University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and currently as the CEO of the Museums Commission for the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His many catalogues and books include The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Ilkhanid Painting (2015); Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2007); and The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002), which was awarded the College Art Association of America’s Alfred H. Barr Prize for outstanding museum publication in that year.

Dr Anisa Buckley (community representative)

Dr Anisa Buckley is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on Islamic law, gender and Muslim minorities, and her book based on her PhD was published in 2019 titled “Not ‘Completely’ Divorced: Muslim Women in Australia Navigating Muslim Family Laws”. She has over twenty years of experience working with various Muslim community organisations across Australia in the areas of Islamic education, capacity building and Muslim women’s advocacy. She was a founding Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia, and is a longstanding Board Member of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights.

Bala Starr

Bala Starr is Director of La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University. Until late 2019, she was director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICA), where for six years she steered contemporary art programs that championed diversity and expanded audience participation. During her ICA tenure, Bala developed innovative curatorial projects through partnerships with guest curators, art historians and institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon and the Singapore Biennale. Bala previously served as senior curator at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art, and held executive positions at the Melbourne International Biennial and two Australian contemporary art spaces. Throughout her career, she has advocated for independent artists and curators, intergenerational exchange and under-recognised collections and practices. She regularly develops curatorial workshops and forums and contributes to public programs, symposiums and advisory panels.

Dr Mahmoud Mohammed (curator)

Mahmoud is responsible for the art department and research activities at the Museum. His role includes curatorial work, exhibition management and collections care and conservation. Mahmoud has a PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor in Conservation from Cairo University- Fayoum Branch. He is a casual lecturer at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. Mahmoud has a long experience in collections care and conservations science both professionally and academically. Throughout his learning journey he has collaborated with and trained in international institutions around the world including the USA, Italy and Egypt.


  • The 2020 prizes will be awarded to a recent work (completed after 30 June 2019) 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 AMA2020.
  1. The AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM ARTIST 2020 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 30 June 2019.
  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 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Applications must be made online and we recommend applicants open the website and upload works using browser google chrome:
  6. Only one entry may be submitted by an individual artist.
  7. Entries must be work that is unconditionally available for acquisition by La Trobe University in exchange for the prize amount of $15,000.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 AMA2020 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.
  12. 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 AMA2020.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. All works shortlisted must be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.
  16. All Artists will be responsible for the insurance of their exhibited works.
  17. Islamic Museum of Australia will not accept liability for any loss or damage inflicted to works that may occur during transit.
  18. Artworks can be framed, stretched, mounted or pinned and must be delivered ready to hang and display.
  19. Artworks must clearly mark the artist name, title of artwork and indicate the upright position.
  20. 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.
  21. The Prize Winning Entrant agrees to make all reasonable effort to attend the Opening Event at their own expense.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. In completing the entry form the Entrant agrees to these Terms & Conditions.
  25. If a dispute arises relating to the administration of the Australian Muslim Artist 2020 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.
  26. 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:

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