Call for Entries

Splash Watercolour Award, Rick Amor Drawing Award, and the Senini Award

Entries close 28 May 2021


McClelland is inviting submissions from both contemporary artists and art students for a suite of awards in 2021.  We are delighted to call for entries for the Rick Amor Drawing Award, the Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award and the Senini Award for Ceramics by tertiary students.

A total of $55,000 will be awarded to artists for works in the mediums of drawing, watercolour and ceramics, with funds generously provided by the Fornari Bequest, artist Rick Amor, and Mary and Lou Senini. One prize of $20,000 will be awarded for the most worthy drawing (Rick Amor Drawing Award), three prizes of $10,000 will be awarded for works in watercolour (Splash Contemporary Watercolour Award) and $3,000 will be awarded to a tertiary art student for a ceramic work, courtesy of Mary and Lou Senini. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for both the Rick Amor Drawing Award and the Splash Watercolour Award, valued at $1,000 each.

The shortlisted works for each of the prizes will be shown at McClelland from 28 August to 7 November 2021. The call for submissions is open from 28 May 2020 to 28 May 2021. This earlier call for entries is intended to allow artists more time to create new work and takes into account the current challenging climate for artists due to COVID-19.


Jennifer Mills, In the echo chamber (WARNING NUEAO, Brendan 1976-8), 2018. Splash McClelland Watercolour Award Winner 2018. Collection McClelland.