Launched in 2004, the RBS Emerging Artist Award is a unique initiative designed to bring the business and the arts closer together, while recognising and promoting the work of emerging Australian contemporary artists. Each year, carefully chosen contemporary artists are invited to compete for the Award. We define emerging artists as Australian artists who do not consistently sell their work for more than A$10,000 and whose excellence is evident, but yet to be recognised on a commercial scale.
Between 50 and 60 artworks are selected and shown in two preliminary exhibitions held in RBS's foyer in Sydney. Selected artworks typically reflect the diversity of contemporary artistic expression and include paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photographic and new media works. Finalists are short-listed from these exhibitions and shown at a final exhibition in Sydney, held in September. This exciting exhibition, showcasing leading contemporary talent, is open to the general public.
A panel of judges from the Australian art community selects the final winner each year, with the winner announced at the Award night. In 2010, this special event will be held on 21 September. The winners of the RBS Employees' Choice and RBS Client Choice Awards will also be announced.