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Artz Blitz 2017

 2017 theme:



2D 1St Prize   - Claire Cummack

2D 2nd Prize - Fionna Madigan

3D 1St Prize - Jo Thompson

3D 2nd Prize - Jacqueline Goedhart

Youth Prize - Hayley Thompson

Junior Prize - Casper Cullen

Digital Media - Robert Donat


Creative Writing

1st Prize - Poppy Woodhouse

2nd Prize - Katherine Jorgensen

Youth Prize - Hannah Schauder

Junior Prize - Rafael Nselel


artz Blitz is Kingston Arts’ annual community competition of visual, digital and creative writing arts

The competition will begin when a secret theme is announced on Friday 11 August 2017 at 5pm from which participants will have 24 hours to create an artwork (2D, 3D, digital media or creative writing) and deliver it to Kingston Arts in Moorabbin for the exhibition.


Visual Arts

2-Dimensional 1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Melbourne Artist Supplies

2-Dimensional 2nd Prize - $300 - generously sponsored by Artward Bound

3-Dimensional 1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett

3-Dimensional 2nd Prize - $300 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett

Digital media 1st Prize - $400 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett

Visual Arts Youth Prize (13-17) (2D or 3D) - $100 Melbourne Artist Supplies voucher - generously sponsored

Visual Artists Junior Prize (Under 13) (2D or 3D) - $100 Melbourne Artist Supplies voucher - generously sponsored


Creative Writing

1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow - generously sponsored

2nd Prize- $300 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow - generously sponsored

Creative Writing Youth Prize (13-17) - $100 voucher  - generously sponsored by Benn's Books

Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13)  - $100 voucher - generously sponsored by Benn's Books


People’s Choice

Annual subscription to Art Guide Australia - generously sponsored


visual arts judging panel

Pimpisa Tinpalit is a Thai-born sculpture artist who moved to Melbourne in 2009 and established her first studio not long after. She holds a Master's Degree in Fine Art with an particular focus on sculpture. Pimpisa also has extensive experience in teaching art within multiple Thai Universities. Throughout her 15+ years as a professional artist, she has showcased her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, USA and Hong Kong.

A childlike sense of wonder animates Pimpisa Tinpalit’s sculptures. “I sculpt every day, keeping my mind open to other possibilities and ideas” she says, “and am always excited to find new methods.” That constant search for new ideas is exemplified in the unexpected combinations that form the basis of her pieces, from the mix of colours and textures to the role that written language and found objects play.


Jeannie Mueller - since 2006 Jeannie Mueller has been writing, curating and participating in the Arts in both New Zealand and Australia. Jeannie’s curatorial focus is creating inclusive and engaging spaces that reach beyond typical arts audiences. She is particularly interested in using the arts as a tool for social inclusion and education.

On completion of her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History at Victoria University, Wellington Jeannie was appointed Collection Assistant at the New Zealand Parliamentary Library a role that continued her research interests in the culture of the book and further developed her archival and works on paper collection management skills. During this time, she also continued to develop her interest in contemporary art practices, contributing to organisations such as the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi and Letting Space.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2012 she has competed a Masters of Curating at the University of Melbourne she has undertaken internships at Gertrude Contemporary and Margaret Lawrence Gallery and was employed as Gallery Manager and Curator at Red Gallery. In this commercial environment, she represented emerging and mid-career artists working in various media presenting group and solo shows across three gallery spaces. She enjoyed mentoring these artists and assisting them to formulate strong exhibitions that best represented their practice.

Since 2015 she has curated for Immerse a large community focused public art event consisting of 30 exhibitions for 30 days across 30 venues in Knox.

As a writer she has written catalogue essays to accompany exhibitions at galleries such as Fort Delta and Margaret Lawrence Gallery and was previously employed as a contributor for Arts Radar Asia, an online arts journal focusing on contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region.


Jeremy Swan - is an emerging artist from The Basin and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University. A strong passion for the visual arts has lead him to work on projects with Burrinja, The Hut Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria. Jeremy has gained a passion for painting and drawing, specifically, observational drawings of train commuters and life drawings. This has allowed him to facilitate life drawing sessions out of The Hut Gallery for the local art community. Jeremy has been exhibiting his artwork in a range of exhibitions from group and solo shows and was awarded the young artist award for the Immerse program 2016.


creative writing judge

Zoe Dzunko is a writer, editor and educator from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Selfless (TAR, 2016) and three other chapbooks of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous Australian and international publications, including The Age, Australian Book Review, Southerly, Guernica, Tin House, The Fanzine, Prelude et al. In 2014 she co-founded Powder Keg, an online poetry quarterly based out of Melbourne and New York, and alongside Annabel Brady-Brown she is editor of The Lifted Brow. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Deakin University, and completed her Masters degree at Melbourne University, where she teaches creative writing, small press publishing and independent media.


 Q. When will registration packs be sent out?

Thursday 10 August via email. You may also collect yours directly from the Kingston Arts Centre Office.


Q. How will I find out what the secret theme is?

Each registered participant will be emailed the secret theme at 5pm on 11 August, but it will also be revealed here on our website and Facebook page - so make sure you've liked @KingstonArtsAU to see it in your newsfeed.


Q. I’ve registered and paid my entry fee for the 2D and 3D category online, does this mean I can enter both a painting and a sculpture?

A. Unfortunately not. We think creating (and delivering) one 2D or 3D work in 24 hours based on the theme is the challenge and we’d like to see you focus your creative energies on one or the other. However, if you’re an arts all-rounder you’re very welcome to enter the creative writing and digital media categories with up to one entry in each provided you submit the required registration fees.


Q. So what is the ‘digital media’ category?

A. The digital media category is for digital photography (including camera phones), animation, video art, etc. which is to be delivered to Kingston Arts digitally (via USB, WeTransfer, etc. details will be given to registered artists after the closing date) and projected in our multimedia room, the Vault, which is located in G1 during the exhibition.

The digital media category is the only open category, which means artists of any age may enter.


Q. Can I enter a printed photograph in the 2D category or do I need to apply for the digital media category?

A. You may enter a printed photograph in the 2D category if you wish, including digital and analogue mediums. However, if you do not wish to print the photograph (can be tricky and costly to do in 24hrs) and would prefer it presented on our digital projector – please apply for the digital media category as above.


Q. Can I write a non-fiction piece for the creative writing category or does it have to be fiction?

A. You can write in fiction, non-fiction or even a mixture of both! As long as your piece of writing is between 50 and 150 words and formatted on an A4 piece of paper and delivered in softcopy or hardcopy. You may respond with a short-story, poem, lyric – it’s completely up to you!


Q. My child has registered for the Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13) - can they hand-write and include illustrations in their entry on an A4 piece of paper?

Yes, certainly. We do accept both hardcopy and softcopy creative writing entries for all ages and this may include pictures if you wish, however please bear in mind the word limit of 50 - 150 words. Once we have received the entry (whether via email or hardcopy) it is put in a frame to be installed on the gallery wall, so it must be formatted for an A4 piece of paper to be accepted.


Q. So what’s the difference between 2D and 3D? What will textile works come under?

A. As part of your registration pack, which will be sent to registered entrants after the entry deadline closes, you will be asked to nominate 2D or 3D for your submission. All 2D works are presented on the wall. All 3D works are presented on plinths. Please familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions, which outlines the specific dimensions for eligible 3D works. If you intend for your work to be displayed on the wall, i.e. weaving or cross-stitch, please nominate the 2D category.


Q. Are there any material restrictions in the 2D or 3D category? Do I have to use traditional art materials?

A. No, you don’t have to use ‘traditional’ art materials as such. Previously, artists have entered Lego sculptures and other creatively interpreted readymade materials in 2D and 3D. As outlined in the Terms and Conditions as long as the material is safe and dry and can be handled by our volunteers and gallery install team, you are welcome to think like the conceptual artists and get creative with your medium.

Kingston Arts reserves the right to refuse any entries that it deems unacceptable and not keeping in the spirit of Artz Blitz. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions or contact Kingston Arts for more information.


Q. How will my work be judged?

A. All visual arts categories will be judged by our Visual Arts Panel on Sunday 13 August prior to the award presentation at 4pm. The Panel is made up of industry professionals, including artists and artsworkers. Due to the smaller nature of the creative writing category, all entries will be judged by one literary industry professional.

The guidelines for judging:

  • Adherence to and creative interpretation of the theme
  • Stylistic and aesthetic merit
  • Technical merit

More information about our judges will be uploaded soon.


Q. I’m interested in becoming an Artz Blitz sponsor for 2018, who should I contact?

A. Great! We’re always looking for new sponsors of any size or shape to help grow the competition, including gift vouchers and in-kind services. This year, new sponsorships enabled us to create two new creative writing categories and increase the prize money pool for creative writers.

Please contact the Visual Arts Coordinator for a Sponsorship Pack and to discuss future avenues for involvement. 






Opening: Sunday 13 August, 4pm - 6pm
Exhibition: Monday 14 August – Saturday 2 September

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, 12pm – 5pm


G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


ENTRY FEES: FULL $25 | CONC. $20 | YOUTH $15 | JUNIOR $10

Key dates

Entries open: 1 June 2017

Entries close: 8 August, 5pm 2017

Secret theme revealed -  Friday 11 August, 5pm

Visual artworks & creative writing submitted - Saturday 12 August, 3 – 6pm

Opening - Sunday 13 August, 4pm – 6pm

Exhibition - Monday 14 August – Sat 2 September

Terms and Conditions:


2. Please complete and return the Parent/Guardian consent form (only for applicants 17 and under) below:


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