Live in Art 2020 Invitation Art Prize

9 January – 1 March 2019

Curator:      Guan Wei
Judges:       Guan Wei and Kon Gouriotis OAM
Producer:    Huijinou Wang

Eventually, Live in Art 2020 Invitation Art Prize opened on January 9, 2020. This exhibition consists of two parts, a pre-exhibition at the Live in Art Sydney gallery in the early stage and an extended exhibition at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in the later stage. The pre-exhibition opening held at 6 pm on January 9th at the Live in Art Sydney, and then exhibited until 30 January; and the Award Night will be held at 6 pm on February 1st at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay Held, and then extended to March 1.

Live in Art 2020 Invitation Art Prize is a professional contemporary art competition organized by Live in Art Sydney. The exhibition aims to provide a wider exhibition platform for artists living in Australia, and to show the international community more possibilities for Australian contemporary art.

We are honored to invite well-known Chinese-Australian curator and artist, Guan Wei, as the curator and chief judge of this invitation exhibition, and senior art critic Kon Gouriotis OAM as the other judge.

At the same time, we also thank the Zobon Group and E & A Live in Art Education for their strong support.



Live in Art Prize 2020: The prize money of $30,000 is to be awarded to the artist of the single winning entry selected by all judges sponsored by Zobon Group. The work will be collected by Live in Art Sydney as a return to the prize.

Live in Art Highly-Commended 2020: The prize money of $10,000 is to be awarded to a highly-commanded artist selected by all judges sponsored by Live in Art Education Fund (E&A Live in Art Education).

Live in Art People’s Choice 2020: The prize money of $1,000 is to be awarded to the most popular artist selected by all audiences during the 1st exhibition at Live in Art Sydney supported by Live in Art Sydney.

Live in Art Exhibition Opportunities: The Live in Art 2020 Invitation Art Prize offers unrepresented award-wining artists one solo exhibition each and some group exhibitions at Live in Art Sydney. All participated unrepresented artists will have opportunities to be invited to solo or group exhibitions.


Guan Wei is a major figure in both the Australian and Chinese contemporary art scenes. For almost 30 years he has been creating work that interweaves imagery from his Chinese heritage, his life experience in Australia and his personal mythology. In 1989, three years after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University, he came to Australia as artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian School of Art. He migrated in 1990. Further residencies followed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1992) and the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (1993). In 2008 he set up a studio in Beijing and he now lives and works in both Beijing and Sydney.


Kon Gouriotis OAM has held leadership roles in the Visual Arts since 1995. He was Director at the Australian Centre for Photography; Director, Visual Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts; Director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. He is the co-founder of 3C Projects. A regular arts writer for Australian Art Monthly, Asian Art News, and ArtAND. His recent curatorial projects include Silent Tears for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2015) and Open Field currently on at the Auburn Botanic Garden and Peacock Gallery. He is Editor of Artist Profile, a national journal dedicated to visual artists behind the art.



Carol Barroso
Echo Z Cai
Ning Chen
Hugh Drake
Irene Harmsworth
Gabrielle Jones
Paul Kelleher
Karen Lee
Camie Lyons
Gemelle Madigan
James Needham
Jianhai Niu
Alice Pulvers
Lucy Pulvers
Sophie Pulvers
Shan Richards
Yifeng Tan
Leah Thiessen
Xifa Yang