Fisher’s Ghost Art Award

Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2016. Image courtesy Document Photography

Exhibition: From 28 October 2017
Official opening night and award announcement: Friday 3 November.

Entries in the 2017 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award are now open. Please read the terms and conditions before entering. Please submit your entry using the ‘Enter Online’ button below or download a printable entry form.

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 10 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.

The Open section of the Art Award is acquisitive to the C-A-C permanent collection and is awarded prize-money of $20,000. In the past it has been awarded to some of Australia’s most respected Contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen.

2017 Key Dates

Entries close: Wednesday 6 September 2017
Finalists announced: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Pre-selected works to be delivered to Campbelltown Arts Centre: Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 October 2017, 10am – 4pm
Collection of artwork from Campbelltown Arts Centre: Friday 15 – Monday 18 December 2017, 10am – 4pm

The opening night and award announcement is a ticketed event, tickets will be available for purchase in September. All pre-selected artists will receive an invitation to attend. Entrants in the Macability Award and school categories will receive two tickets.
Conditions of Entry and Artwork Specifications
• Works must have been produced within the last 2 years.
• All artworks must be for sale.
• One entry is allowed per category, a maximum two entries per artist.
• Artists may enter these works into any Award.
• Previous entries will not be accepted.

Please ensure you read the full list of terms and conditions on the entry form before contacting Campbelltown Arts Centre or submitting an entry.


All artworks will be preselected for exhibition and must be accompanied by an image.
One (1) entry per category with a maximum of two (2) entries per artist is permitted.

$20,000 Open
Sponsor – Campbelltown City Council & Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre
Open to all artists and mediums and awarded to one work. The winning work is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council permanent collection.

$3,000 Contemporary
Sponsor – Marsden’s Law Group
Artworks entered in this in this category can be any style or medium of Contemporary Art.

$2,000 Traditional
Sponsor – Australian Labor Party
Artworks in this category must be created in a traditional style such as; still life, realism, landscape, portraiture or using traditional techniques.

$1000 Sculpture
Sponsor – Coonamble Shire Council
Artwork in this category must be in the form of sculpture, be it in traditional sculpture, wall based or installation, ceramic, jewellery or other 3D form.

$1000 Photography
Sponsor – Macarthur Greens
Artwork in this section must be in the form of photography

Primary Students
Sponsor – Rotary Club of Ingleburn
Open to Primary school aged students, Awarded to 3 students who will receive workshop vouchers for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s workshop program valid for 12 months, to enter this section please contact the Arts Centre

Secondary Students
Sponsor – Western Suburbs Leagues Club
Open to Secondary school aged students, Awarded to 4 students who will receive workshop vouchers for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s workshop program valid for 12 months, to enter this section please contact the Arts Centre

$5,000 Surrealism Award
Sponsor – Michael and Marilyn Reardon-Small with acknowledgment of the Gleeson O’Keefe Foundation
The James Gleeson Surrealism Award has been established to promote surrealist practices within contemporary art in Australia. The award is open to artists who have a practice in painting, drawing and collage with a strong influence and focus on Surrealism. Surrealism is defined as an artistic style that explores the subconscious minds free of intentional logical meaning. The award will be selected under this definition and is open to any artist living in Australia and working within the above mentioned mediums.

$3,000 Macarthur Award
Sponsor – Campbelltown Catholic Club
Awarded to the best chosen work by an artist living within the Macarthur, Wollondilly or Camden region

$1000 Aboriginal Art Award
Sponsor – Liberal Party of Australia
Awarded to the best chosen work by an Aboriginal Artist living and working within NSW

$500 + Mentorship Macability Award
Sponsor – Macarthur Disability Services
Awarded to the best chosen work by an artist living with a disability