Huon Art Awards

HAEG runs the annual “Huon Art Awards” in the Cygnet Town Hall, starting on the first Friday of March every year.

Although the actual date changes every year, the Huon Art Awards always run for 2 weeks early in March and the following terms and conditions apply every year.
The entry form is refreshed every year and made available on this website and at various businesses in the area well before the entry forms are due.

The online entry form for the Huon Art Awards is made available early every year, and is at this link.

Opening Night 2021

The Huon Art Awards opening night will be very different in 2021.

The COVID-19 maximum density limit for the Cygnet Town Hall means that at most 120 people can be in the hall at the same time.

There can’t be the usual “everyone is welcome” opening night, so to get as many people along as possible the “Opening Night” event will be spread over two nights – Thursday 4th March and Friday 5th March.

The first night (Thursday 4th March) will be an invitation-only event for sponsors and will be for the presentation of awards to the award winners (as many as can make it at short notice). Judging takes place on the Thursday morning, so as soon as the award winners are determined they will be contacted and invited to the opening event on that night. Award winners may be accompanied by up to one other family member or friend.

The second night (Friday 5th March) will be open for the general public with online pre-booking up to a maximum of 80 people, and the presentation of awards to those award winners who could not make it to the Thursday night. Again, award winners may be accompanied by up to one other family member or friend.

Online booking for one or two free tickets for Friday night will be available on the HAEG website, with a waitlist in place once 80 tickets have been reserved. If a spot opens up from the waitlist, you will be contacted soon after midday on Friday to confirm for Friday night.

To be fair to everyone, please only reserve tickets that you know you will use, or if you have a booking and find you cannot attend please cancel by emailing as soon as possible.

Food and drinks will be provided at both nights in a COVID-safe way.

Both opening nights will start at 6:30pm at the Cygnet Town Hall.

The exhibition will be opened by Bastian Seidel, MLC for Huon on the Thursday night, and by Bob Brown on the Friday night.

New and changed entry requirements for Huon Art Awards 2021

Please note that there are a few significant changes for the 2021 HAA. For full details, including the category definitions, please read the Terms and Conditions at this link. The following is a short summary.

  1. Size limits on all 2-dimensional artworks.
    • If you are entering only one artwork it may be up to 150cm on the longest side.
    • If you are entering two artworks they must both be no more than 100cm on the longest side.
  2. Changes to artwork categories.
    • The old “Oil/Acrylic” category has been split into two categories – “Oil” and “Acrylic“.
    • A new category “Printmaking and Drawing” has been added.



Your artwork must be delivered to HAEG at the Cygnet Town Hall for registration on the Wednesday before the opening event between the hours of 10am and 4pm ONLY.
Deliveries outside these times can only be made by prior arrangement.
A receipt will be given for the entry fee during registration.
Please retain this receipt – without it you can not collect unsold artwork.


Unsold artwork is to be collected between 4.00 and 5.00pm on the last Sunday of the exhibition, or between 10.00am and 1pm on the following Monday.
All artworks are to be signed out by the artist or their agent. Please produce your receipt.


The Official Opening will be held at the Cygnet Town Hall on the first Friday of March commencing at 6.30pm. All are welcome.
Exhibition commences the next day (Saturday) through to closing Sunday two weeks later.
OPENING TIMES : 10.00am – 4.00pm Daily.

Further information:
Huon Art Exhibitions Group – PO Box 353 Cygnet, Tas 7112
T : 0419 839 157, 6295 0123, 6297 8209
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(Download the Artwork Category Definitions as a PDF here)

Artworks may be entered into any of the following categories. Each category has 3 awards – winner, runner up and student in addition to overall and acquisitive awards.


A painting on any prepared surface using an oil-based media – paint, alkyd resin, water soluble oils, or oil sticks/bars (not oil pastels).
Underpainting using other media (typically acrylics or watercolours) is acceptable if they do not comprise more than 5 percent of the visible surface.
Where more than 5 percent of the artwork’s visible surface is not an oil-based media the artwork should be entered into the “Mixed Medium / Any Other” category.


A painting on any prepared surface using acrylic paint.
Underpainting using other media (typically watercolours) is acceptable if they do not comprise more than 5 percent of the visible surface.
Where more than 5 percent of the artwork’s visible surface is not acrylic paint the artwork should be entered into the “Mixed Medium / Any Other” category.


A painting using watercolour paint on paper.
Outlines and small sections of the painting using other compatible media (typically pencil, ink, pen, gouache, acrylic) is acceptable if they do not comprise more than 5 percent of the visible surface.
Where more than 5 percent of the artwork’s visible surface is not watercolour paint the artwork should be entered into the “Mixed Medium / Any Other” category.

Printmaking and Drawing

The traditional forms of printmaking and drawing.
Traditional Printmaking includes: intaglio (etching, drypoint, engraving), relief (lino cut, woodcut, embossing), monoprint / monotype, lithography, collagraph, silk screen printing, scratchboard.
Drawing includes: graphite, colour pencil, charcoal, ink, ink & wash, Conté, pen (various), marker, silverpoint.
This category DOES NOT include any of the following: pastel, oil pastel, digital art, or digital prints, all which should be entered into the “Mixed Medium / Any Other” category.


Three-dimensional media occupies a space where the “thickness” of the artwork is more than the thickness of a normal picture frame.
3D includes freestanding sculpture, relief, carving, casting, modelling, artworks incorporating 3D found objects, jewellery, ceramics, construction/assemblage, furniture, fabrics, carpet, and glass work.


A photographic print printed by any technology onto any material.
Photographs altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the artist to enhance or creatively modify the photograph are allowed providing the underlying photograph is retained in a way that is obvious to the viewer. Images may not be constructed entirely with a computer.
Digital art and photographic collages should be entered into the “Mixed Medium / Any Other” category.

Mixed Medium/Any Other

“Mixed Medium” includes all artworks which are true mixed media (composed from a combination of different media or materials). If the mixed medium artwork has significant thickness or is free-standing it should be considered for the 3D category instead.
“Any Other” includes all artworks which do not which do not fit into any of the other categories, such as pastel, encaustic art, digital art, etc.


(Download the Conditions Of Entry as a PDF here)


Accepted Artworks

The submitted work must be the original work of the artist and not previously exhibited.

All works must be clearly labelled on the bottom right hand corner of the back, or the underside of the artwork with the artist name, contact details and title of the artwork.

Reproductions from originals will not be accepted.

All pieces must be dry and stable or will not be accepted.

Prints that are part of an edition produced using traditional print making techniques are accepted but must be numbered accordingly.

Any image made using digital or a digital print process must be labelled as such.

Due to hanging space limitations: 2D work must not exceed 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres; and Triptychs and Diptychs will not be accepted.

For display planning, the entry form requires the approximate dimensions of the artwork in centimetres. For 3D artworks enter the dimensions of the floor space required for display.

2D work must be suitably framed ready for hanging with picture hanging wire and screw eyes. Unsatisfactory framing may result in the artwork not being hung.

3D works should, wherever possible, be suitably displayed by the artist.

Any artwork using 240V power must have a certificate of electrical compliance from a registered electrician, for the safety of the exhibition sitters and patrons, and for the purchaser.

All work must be available for legitimate sale and priced accordingly.

A multi part piece of work must be for sale as one piece and cannot be sold as individual items.

Winners of acquisitive awards must accept their entry will be received by the sponsor of that acquisitive award.

Entry Forms

Limit of two (2) 2D entries per artist for artworks up to 100cm in longest dimension, or one (1) entry for 2D artworks larger than 100cm in longest dimension.

Entry fee payment options: Online entry at or paper entry with credit card or cheque (payable to HAEG Inc.).

Entry Forms on paper must be received by 5pm on Friday 26th February 2021, online entries by 5pm Monday 1st March 2021.

Postal entries which have not arrived by Monday 1st March 2021 will not be accepted.

Entry forms must be submitted with the appropriate entry fee:

  • $20.00 per artwork for Non HAEG/CRAG Members
  • $10.00 per artwork for HAEG/CRAG Members
  • $5 per artwork for Students aged 16 and under
  • Entry fees are not refundable.

Delivery to Exhibition

All artwork is to be delivered at the artist’s expense and registered (without packaging) at the Cygnet Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd March 10.00am – 4pm.

To assist with display setup, artworks longer that 1m in any dimension must be delivered before midday.

No late deliveries are possible as the hall will not be attended.

Entries delivered by post or courier must be prearranged with HAEG, and include return packaging, delivery fee, completed delivery labels and details of courier.

Entries with special display requirements should be discussed with HAEG before the exhibition as HAEG may choose not to accept the piece.

Entrants may provide a single A4 sheet “Artist Statement” which may include contact details and self-promotion. The sheet will be placed in a folder with all the others and will be available in the hall for perusal by visitors during the exhibition.

Display by HAEG

All entries will be exhibited at the discretion of HAEG.

Entrants must agree to display their work for the duration of the exhibition and to publication or reproduction of their work for promotion.

HAEG and their associates will exercise all reasonable care in handling the works submitted but will not be responsible for loss of and or damage whatsoever to any works while in the custody of the Group.

Artists are advised to insure their work.

Judging, Awards and Sales

This is an open competition. Members and organisers of HAEG are also eligible to enter the competition.

The judges are independent of HAEG and their decision will not be influenced by the organization. The judges’ decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

A 20% commission will be charged on sales for HAEG/CRAG Members and 30% for non HAEG/CRAG Members.

Artists are responsible for making their own GST arrangements.

The Awards will be announced at the Official Opening on Friday 5th March 2021 at 6.30pm.

The Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced after the conclusion of the exhibition.

Collection of unsold artwork

Artwork can be collected from the exhibition at the Cygnet Town Hall:

Sunday 21st March 2021 between 4.00pm – 5.00pm ONLY

Monday 22nd March 2021 between 10.00am – 1pm ONLY

Late pick-ups will incur a $5.00 per week (or part thereof) storage fee. After 2 weeks, uncollected work will become the property of HAEG and may be disposed of at the discretion of the incorporation, and if sold the proceeds (less 40%) will be forwarded to the artist.

Unsold entries which have been posted or couriered will be returned in the same manner if return packaging and delivery costs have been provided.


The volunteers who are supervising the exhibition are not in a position to address your concerns.

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the exhibition please write to HAEG (PO Box 353, Cygnet Tasmania 7112) or contact us by email at The organisation will respond to your complaint.

Our sponsors

The Huon Art Awards can only take place with the valued sponsorship of local businesses and patrons.

HAEG gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the following businesses along with other businesses and individuals who requested to remain anonymous.

The Huon Art Awards is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania

Platinum Sponsors

Bendigo Bank
Huon Valley Community Bank Branches

Gold Sponsors

The Bacon Family

Huon Valley Council

George and Sanders


Posie Graeme-Evans &
Andrew Blaxland

Silver Sponsors

Commercial Hotel Cygnet
Bastian Seidel MLC

Bronze Sponsors

Rosalie Woodruff MHA

Di Evans

David O'Byrne MHA


CWA Cygnet

Julie Collins MHR Federal Member for Franklin

Winsor Dobbin