Katherine Art Prize

The 2021 Katherine Art Prize is now open for submissions.

Image credit: 45th Katherine Art Prize winner: “Out of Darkness – Rush Cockroach” by Katie Bradley

Don’t miss out, get your Entry form in now! Entry closes Monday 11 October, 2021

Dating back to 1975, the Katherine Prize is the longest-running art award in the Northern Territory. Presented at the Katherine Town Council for over 30 years, the home of the Prize is now the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.

With $8,750 in prizes to be won, the annual event encourages professional and emerging artist and students of the Northern Territory to develop their practice and showcase their talents and skills to the region in the form of two and three-dimensional artworks.

The Katherine Prize is the only art prize in the Northern Territory that is exclusively for Territory artists. Entries are welcome from all genres of art and creativity, including special categories for remote youth and creative jewellery.

Prizes include the:

  • Katherine Prize sponsored by Geoffrey and Julie Newton Award $5,000
  • Katherine Prize sponsored by Katherine Town Council Award $2,000
  • Creative Jewellery Award $500
  • Keith and Florence Payne National Schools indigenous Art Awards
  • The People’s Choice Award $250 (Godinymayin Gift Voucher)

With the 2021 Opening Night scheduled for 19 November, the 46th Annual Prize is open to entries from emerging and established contemporary artists across the Northern Territory (artists must demonstrate they have been a resident of the Territory for at least 12 months).

This year Godinymayin are announcing a new genre the Creative Jewellery Award. There is currently no art prize in the Territory that recognises the art of jewellery making.

All art pieces, including the youth categories, may be available for sale during the exhibition at a price determined by the artist, providing an income for local creatives. The Board and Sponsors are excited to support this growing industry in the Big Rivers Region and across the Territory.

Keith & Florence Payne National Schools Indigenous Art Awards

Thanks to a generous donation, the Keith & Florence Payne National Schools Indigenous Art Awards, in its first year at Godinymayin. These awards will provide young Indigenous people a chance to explore and learn more about possible career options and connect young people in the creative industries sector.

Meet Our Judges

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Dr Joanna Barrkman
Curator, CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery

Dr Joanna Barrkman is a Curator at Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery, Darwin. She has also worked in curatorial roles at the Fowler Museum, University of California Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Australia and at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. She recently edited Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End, volume 16 of the Fowler Museum Textile Series. An exhibition by the name will open at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles on 5 December 2021. She has curated exhibitions in Australia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, New Zealand and USA.

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Therese Ritchie

Therese Ritchie is a practicing artist, experienced writer, portrait photographer and graphic designer. She has been living and working in the Northern Territory for over 30 years, co-owning GreenAnt Research Arts and Publishing in the 90s and then forming her own business, Black Dog Graphics, in 2002.


Therese began her graphic design career in the 90s—before the digital era—so her experience is both traditional and digital. Her expertise is print-based, but she also does web design; logo design; business stationery; signage; books; annual reports; DVDs, vehicles; posters; flyers; copy writing; illustrations and branding.


Therese enjoys portraiture photography and delivers intimate, beautiful and original portraits working with and for clients from children, people and their pets, to larger groups such as Indigenous communities wishing to communicate their ideas and culture to a wider audience.


As a practicing artist, Therese has been exhibiting her work for over 20 years and is in collections such as the National Gallery of Australia; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Araluen Arts Centre; Gallery of Modern Art Queensland; Artbank; Flinders University; Charles Darwin University.

Katherine Art Prize History

The Katherine Town Council plays host to an extensive collection of the acquisition at the Civic Centre. The compulsory acquisition of the winning entries ceased in 2005 as there was nowhere to house the collection.

At the 1975 Katherine Show, Brian Lambert observed that there were high-quality artists in the region, but the quantity of entries was low; he offered an annual $500 prize for the best painting. This led to the establishment of the Brian and Jeannette Lambert Art Prize being hosted by the Katherine Town Council in 1977 as an acquisition award.

The Prize grew to include a craft section with contributions from Dr Peter an Mrs Kathleen Short and the Katherine Town Council in the latter years. The Prize had a name change and is now known as the Katherine Prize.

The legacy of contribution to the Katherine arts community by the Lambert Family led to their son Craig Lambert beginning work on the Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct working party in 2004 and progressing to be chairperson of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre 2012 – 2019.

The naming of the main gallery as the Lambert Gallery recognises Brian and Jeanette Lambert and their family’s foresight and contribution to the arts community of the Northern Territory. We acknowledge that their contribution has significantly enabled and will continue to enable the growth of the arts sector in the Katherine Region.

The Lambert Gallery neon sign reflects the history of Jeannette Lambert’s mother Mrs Petersen. She had a large neon CAFÉ sign on the roof of her café/gift shop in Katherine Terrace, where the current Northern Land Council building is now located.

Apply now


  • Adult Entry
  • Youth Entry

Download form

Filling out the online application form above is the easiest way to apply and pay your entry fee. If you prefer to print and fill out your application, you can download the forms below. Please email completed forms to info@gyracc.org.au or mail to PO Box 613 Katherine 0851 NT


The Katherine Prize now accepts 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional work in a range of media. We are unable to accept audio visual work, performance art or installation pieces.

Artwork must be professionally presented with appropriate installation devices, ready to display.

Artist’s name and title must be clearly labelled on back or underside of artworks.

We actively consult and communicate openly with members of the local Indigenous community in order to establish Indigenous cultural perspectives on all exhibitions, particularly regarding the presentation of images and voices of Indigenous people. Your work may be subject to cultural consultation and approval.

Work NOT meeting these criteria may not be accepted or displayed.

Terms of entry

  1. Entrants must have been bona fide residents of the Northern Territory at least 12 months prior to entry.
  2. Entries must be original work of the exhibitor and must have been completed during the preceding 12 months.
  3. Entries must not have been publicly exhibited previously in Katherine.
  4. Entries must not have won any art or other award within the Northern Territory.
  5. Artworks must relate to the Northern Territory, this can be in materials, concept or subject matter.
  6. Godinymayin reserves the right to consider, but not necessarily exhibit all works submitted.
  7. A fee of $25.00 is required per entry and proof of payment must accompany the entry form.
  8. Entrants may submit a maximum of two works, however, the second work will only be included subject to available space, with preference given to entries from Katherine residents.
  9. Works not displayed will be eligible for a refund of their entry fee.
  10. Entries must be clearly marked with the title, artist’s name, medium, sale price inclusive of GST, date of completion, and address for the return of work.
  11. All entries must be available for sale and a 33% commission will be retained on all work sold.
  12. All entrants shall allow their work to be reproduced for promotional purposes.
  13. Forms must be submitted by this time for work to be included.
  14. All work must be delivered to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Lot 3238, Stuart Highway, Katherine East NT 0850.
  15. The entrant shall be responsible for all freight and insurance costs to and from the exhibition.
  16. Entries must be packed securely for transit and in a manner suitable for safe re-packing. Any re-packing cost incurred will be charged to the exhibitor.
  17. Works will be covered by appropriate insurance while housed at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.
  18. All work must be collected within 7 days of the exhibition’s finishing. Any uncollected work will be disposed of in accordance with the NT Disposal of Goods Act.
  19. The judges appointed will be the only arbiters and their decision is final.
  20. Any conflict arising out of or in connection with these conditions of entry will be decided by the Godinymayin Centre whose decision shall be final.
  21. Entries MUST NOT exceed 150 centimetres in any direction including frames, stands, and bases.
  22. Hanging works MUST NOT exceed 25 Kilograms.
  23. Staff, Board Members, and Judges can enter but cannot win a prize.
  24. To enter the adult category, you must be 18 years and over
  25. Entry fees WILL NOT be refunded. (Except in circumstances detailed in Condition 8).