Call for Entries and Awards


We have a number of awards and call outs, providing artists with the opportunity to show their work at the Incinerator Gallery.

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Fireworks 2019


Applications are now closed.

The Incinerator Gallery is calling for Years 11 and 12 students who live, work or attend school in Moonee Valley to enter Fireworks 2019, the city’s annual art and design award.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to gain exposure and have their art and design works showcased in a professional gallery space.

Shortlisted finalists will have their work exhibited in the gallery with an opening night celebration to commemorate their achievements. There are also five prizes to be won, including:

- The $500 Fireworks Art Award
- The $500 Fireworks Design Award
- The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Art
- The $200 Mayoral Award for Excellence in Design
- The People’s Choice Award $200 Art Supplies Voucher

The judging and selection panels will comprise two highly regarded Victorian art educators and advocates.

Students also applying for VCE Season of Excellence will be given the option to submit two items for consideration, which can be nominated in order of preference. This is to ensure the availability of works if one works is selected and unavailable.

Applications closed at midnight, Sunday 4 November.

For more information on how to apply for Fireworks 2019, please view or download our Application Tips for Students (pdf, 717KB).

Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change 2018 


13 October – 25 November
Artist and Curator Talks: Saturday, 20 October at 2pm

Shortlisted Artists

Duha Ali & Justine Youssef, Helen Amanatiadis, Hayley Arjona, Rob Bartolo, Alison Bennett, Izzy Brown, Jazmina Cininas, Shan Crosbie, Adam Douglass, Megan Evans, Sarah Firth, Joseph Griffiths, Amala Groom, Nigel Hewitt, Paul Hodges, Kathy Holowko, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Sally Mannall, Jordan Marani, Margaret McIntosh, Asher Milgate, Hayley Millar-Baker, Ilona Nelson, Shane Nicholas, Claudia Phares, TextaQueen, Robbie Rowlands, Mia Salsjö, Nina Sanadze, Tama Sharman-La hole, Amy Spiers, Bethany Wheeler, Paul White

The Incinerator Art Award is the Gallery’s annual contemporary art prize of national significance, with entries received from across Australia. The award showcases 33 works inspired by the theme of art for social change. 

The award is inspired by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, who believed that art and architecture practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change. 
On Friday, 12 October the Incinerator Art Award’s first and second prize recipients were announced. The awards were judged by Mark Feary (Artistic Director at Gertrude Contemporary), Melissa Keys (Curator at Buxton Contemporary) and Miriam Kelly (Curatorial Manager at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art).

Nina Sanadze - $10,000 Boathouse Award

The Divide, 2018
polystyrene, glue, sand, cement, oxides, aluminium, dimensions variable 


The Divide is a collection of replicas based on the anti-terrorist bollards from all the around the world. Viewers are invited to reflect on the meaning of these ubiquitous objects.

Do they suggest order or disorder, safety or danger, freedom or control, us or them, fake or real, true or false?

Mia Salsjö - $3,000 Incinerator Art Award

Modes of Translation, 2017
digital video, 14min 


In 2015, Salsjö was granted permission to make a film in the now dilapidated National School of Art in Havana, Cuba and to record a 1,500-bar score for eight violins. Significantly, the art schools had been neglected, especially so when ideological hardliners took exception to the graceful architectural forms that spoke so eloquently of a utopian socialist future. 

The multi-media project, Modes of Translation pays homage to the magnificent structures created by architect Ricardo Porro, which are now recognised as the finest example of Cuban Revolutionary Modernism.

Modes of Translation emerged from a time of social change in Cuba and to a certain extent, the work, which honours a utopian structure, has become a part of its future. In 2017, the entire project was presented at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and in 2019 it will be presented in Cuba for the first time. 

For more information call the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750.

View or download the full list of shortlisted works here.

The Atrium 2019


Applications for the Atrium 2019 are now closed.

We received an overwhelming number of applications this year and will be reviewing them in coming weeks. Selected artist or curators will be contacted by a Gallery staff member in the coming months.

Thank you to everyone who applied. Our next call for entries will be for Boadle Hall Community Gallery, which open on Wednesday, 1 August and close Friday, 31 August 2018.

If you have any further questions or are interested in exhibiting your work within Moonee Valley throughout 2019, please contact the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750 or email

Boadle Hall Community Gallery 2019


Applications are now closed.

The Incinerator Gallery is creating new exhibition spaces throughout the City, including Crown Street stables, some library locations and Flemington Community Centre. Artists and community groups interested in exhibiting in these spaces in 2019 are encouraged to visit the Incinerator Gallery website and express their interest.

If you have any further questions, or want to see the space, contact the Incinerator Gallery on 8325 1750 or email

Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change 2017

The 2017 Incinerator Art Award was judged by Anthony Fitzpatrick (Tarrawarra Museum of Art), Jacqueline Doughty (Ian Potter Museum of Art), and Pippa Milne (Centre for Contemporary Photography).   

Shortlisted artists:

Cigdem Aydemir, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sheena Colquhoun, Jacquelene Drinkall, Carly Fischer, Rew Hanks, Heather Hesterman, Alana Hunt, Kelly Hussey-Smith and Alan Hill, Thea Jones, Aaron Martin, Mohsen Meysami, Phuong Ngo, Becc Ország, Perdita Phillips, Jacob Raupach, Georgia Robenstone, Paul Trefry, Matthew Vaughan, Yandell Walton and Sharon West.


Winner $10,000 Boathouse Award:

Alana Hunt, Cups of nun chai, 2017, participatory memorial and media intervention involving tea, conversation, photography and text, dimensions variable


Winner $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award

Heather Hesterman, LOSS/GAIN, 2017, plywood, stain, water-jet cutting, native plant stock,160 x 160 x 120 cm


Winner, $1,000 People's Choice Award

Paul Trefry, Homeless Still Human, 2015, mixed media, 140 x 150 x 140cm



The 2017 Incinerator Art Award was sponsored by The Boathouse.


Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:16 AM