Desert Equinox


Entries into the Desert Equinox 2021 Art Prize are nowclosed

This exhibition welcomed Australia and the World to join us in Broken Hill for an online art exhibition with a $5000AUD prize pool.
About the Art Challenge 

We invite you to create an artwork in any arts discipline including visual, literature, moving image or performance, on an elemental theme of Earth, Fire, Water or Air. Capture your artwork in a quality image, video or audio recording and submit it as an entry in our Art Challenge. There are detailed requirements for entries in the Terms and Conditions on this page.

Your artwork image will be exhibited online at our International Arts Exchange website (launching soon), or we’ll link your moving image or audio entry directly to your Vimeo or YouTube upload.

BHAE Members can enter as many works as they like for free (but each entry requires a separate entry form). Non-Members are charged an entry fee of $25 per entry.

Independent judges will select finalists from the four categories, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 3 December.

There are two entry sections based on where you are in the world:

Western New South Wales

This section is for everyone who lives in the western NSW region (the blue section below): including Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia, Wentworth, Tibooburra, and other regional centres.

Everywhere else

What we’re calling the “Beyond and Away" section, for people who live beyond the borders of Far West NSW




If you have any doubts about which section to enter, send us a query with your location to

Please read the full terms and conditions before entering.

Entries have closed.

We thank all participants and partnering businesses and look forward to sharing the artworks with you.

The online exhibition can be viewed at from 30th October, and the category finalists will be announced soon. 

Submissions must be made in the following way:
  • For visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, sketch etc):
    • Maximum of 2 only jpeg file per entry: - 1 full view, 1 optional detail (eg, for sculptures) (We recommend a maximum resolution of 1000 x 1000 pixels at 72dpi, or a “save for web” optioned image upload.)
  • For literature (poetry, prose, song lyrics, etc):
    • Limited to 2500 words only. 1 only PDF per entry. Word documents will not be accepted.
  • For performance works:
    • The work must be a MAXIMUM of 3 minutes in length.
    • You must provide a link to your work uploaded on VIMEO or YOUTUBE only. No other links will be accepted. You may provide a thumbnail image for us to signpost your work.
    • Any inclusion of a link to other sites will result in the entry being automatically disqualified without notice.
The Prize Categories

Environmental Art Award: $500 Overall Prize

Western NSW Prize: $500 in each prize category (Earth, water, Air & Fire).

The ‘Everywhere Else’ Prize: $500 in each prize category (Earth, water, Air & Fire).

Youth Encouragement Awards: Under 12 years $250; 12 – 17 years $250

BHAE wishes to acknowledge the generous support provided by our sponsors:


Broken Hill First Site
Eureka (Michael O'Hanlon) July 2021
 Melinda Giblet
Visual Artist July 2021


Mechanical Monsters
Caitlin Foster & Tim Coats June 2021
Wet Sign Dry Signal
 Sonia Leber and David Chesworth June 2021


Bev Kennedy
Guest of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Jonathan McBurnie
Guest of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery


Tuesday Browell and Carol Carney

River Bar Convoy April

Free Art Workshops
Royal Flying Doctors @ The Wellbeing Place
Desert Pearls: Art Exhibition
Visiting artist Cynthia Schwertsik and Broken Hill artist Susan Thomas April 2021

 Tim Coats

Verity Noonan June,

Lorraine Binnington 


Overlaps of Perspective
Mark Ryan, Visual Artist in Residence March 2021
Broken Hill or Bust Group! 
Water colour artists visiting galleries and observing the landscape. March2021
Memory, History & Light
Michael Simms Artist Residency for painting

March 2021



Shane Vink
Painter in Residence current

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