Entry is by invitation only. To be eligible artists must have exhibited in at least 2 of the seasonal shows and received the highest number of votes during these shows. The Artist of the Year Award is awarded to the artist gaining the most votes for all exhibitions including the Artist of the Year Exhibition.
Other Awards on the night:
Gordon Moffatt Award: Gwendoline Krumins
Design Framing of Essendon Award: Gregory R. Smith
Sculpture Prize: Mike Ebdon
Signatory Awarded: Louise Foletta, Ann Jolivet and Ken Jungwirth