The changing face of LGBTIQ art in Australia

Posted on December 8, 2016

Do you draw and identify as LGBTIQ or strongly support the community? Australian Pride Network is hosting a new art prize with $5000 up for grabs called Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA for short).

Entries close for the 2017 QAPA on the 11 December, so there is still time to get an entry in. For five grand who needs sleep?

Entries can be in any static (i.e. not moving) medium, and anyone in Australia can enter, as long as they either identify as being LGBTIQ or produce work inspired by themes that affect the LGBTIQ community. If you look at the continual flood of video game fan art it is clear to see that it is now easier than ever to express your artistic talents, particularly in the field of digital art with advanced software becoming increasingly more affordable. And with the increasing LGBTIQ representation in games, there has never been a better time to be a gamer.

Those selected in the short list for the 2017 QAPA will be able to exhibit their works at Chapel off Chapel during Midsumma 2017 and will even see their works published in an exhibition book. This art prize is a not for profit initiative by a group called Australian Pride Network and relies upon the support from the community. If you wish to be a part but do not feel you can art (or write poetry), you can always donate to their crowd fundraising campaign with all donations being tax deductible!

JOY 94.9 is a proud media sponsor of the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia and Checkpoint hopes to see some video game inspired works making its way to the finalist listing!

To enter or for more information visit