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Artists are invited to submit work created in the past year which reflects their response to Summer.
Summer Salt is a group exhibition, inspired by the coastal city of Newcastle, the proximity of the Pacific Ocean and life by the beach.  Whilst we celebrate Australian Summers for the sun and the refreshing reprieve of water with El Niño forecasts there is an undercurrent of volatility.  Summer Salt looks back over the year and welcomes in 2024. 2D and 3D works completed in 2023 are eligible for entry.
+ The Clay Room: Teachers and students of The Clay Room are invited to submit work into the show. The opening night will also include a ceramics night market hosted by The Clay Room in the new NAS Studio Residency Space.


Entries open: 1 October 2023

Entries close: Midnight 3 November 2023

Selected work announced: 10 November 2023
Delivery of artwork to NAS: 10am - 2pm Wed 15, Thurs 16, Fri 17 November, & Sat 18 Nov noon-3pm

Opening night includes The Clay Room Ceramics Night Market:
4.30pm - 8pm Friday 1 December 2023

Exhibition Duration: Friday 1 - Sunday 17 December

Collection of artwork: 3pm - 4pm Sun 17 December

or 10am - 2pm Wed 20 December



Information you need prior to submissions

  • Artwork must respond to the theme 

  • 2D and 3D media are accepted (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics etc)

  • Artwork must have been completed in 2023

  • 2023 Students and teachers of The Clay Room are invited to submit ceramic work

  • Artwork size may be up to but not larger than 150 cm x 100 cm (including the frame), or an equivalent size/area ratio to a maximum of 1.5 square metres.

  • Artwork can consist of multiple parts but they must not exceed these overall size limits.

  • Artworks must be available for sale. Any works sold prior to the exhibition will be ineligible.


Entries must be made online using the form below before midnight on 3 November 2023.

  • A maximum of two works per artist can be submitted.

  • A $40 entry fee shall be paid for each work. Payment is made during the online entry process.

  • Entry receipts will be provided.

  • The entry fee is non-refundable and contributes to administration and handling.

  • Entry details must be accurate as these cannot be changed once the entry is lodged.

  • Only artists whose artworks are selected will have the opportunity to amend minor entry details of their artwork.


Image of your artwork

Uploaded image should be:

  • A minimum of 750 pixels on the shortest side

  • Saved in .jpg or .png format only (not .jpeg)

  • Maximum file size of each image not exceeding 2MB

  • The file name must include the artist’s name and title of the work as listed on the entry form e.g.firstname_lastname_titleofwork.jpg.


Communication & privacy

Artists consent to being added to the Newcastle Art Space electronic mailing list for updates and further information on this and other exhibitions run by Newcastle Art Space. Artists details will not be shared and an unsubscribe link is provided in each email.



Selection and notification

Artists will be notified if their work has been selected for exhibition by personal email on 10 November 2023. 


Delivery of works

Artworks must be delivered to Newcastle Art Space between 11-18th November and in accordance with the negotiated timetable. Freight costs and all other charges relating to delivery and collection of artworks are the sole responsibility of the artist. Artworks will not be accepted unless delivered and returned free of all freight and other charges. 

Insurance & indemnity

Newcastle Art Space will exercise all due care with the works submitted but will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered whatsoever to any artwork while in transit or under its control. Each entrant shall indemnify Newcastle Art Space against any loss or damage suffered to their artwork whatsoever. Each artist is responsible for their own insurance cover.


Artwork requirements

Artwork delivered to Newcastle Art Space must be CLEARLY MARKED on the reverse with the artist’s name, address, contact details, the title of the work, medium, size and the current retail price (including NAS 30% commission) specified on their entry.

All artworks must be available for sale. Artworks sold prior to the exhibition will be ineligible.

Sales & commission

Artwork sold at Newcastle Art Space Gallery will attract a 30% commission on sales. Sales will be processed up to 14 days after the close of the exhibition.


Photography & reproduction of artwork

All applicants authorise Newcastle Art Space formally and irrevocably, to capture and publish images of their works free of copyright, totally or partly, in all publications (catalogues, folders, posters, slide shows, brochures etc) related to promotion and documentation of this exhibition, as well as on the Newcastle Art Space website and social media.

Collection of unsold works

Works not sold during the exhibition period must be collected from Newcastle Art Space between 3-4pm on Sunday 17th December or between 10am - 2pm Wednesday 20th December. 
Sold artwork needs to be collected by the purchaser during the above times also. 

Any paintings not collected after the exhibition are liable to be stored at the artist’s expense and disposed of if not collected within a reasonable timeframe.


If you have any questions regarding your entry, please get in touch with us via

Enter the prize

Summer Salt Group Exhibition Application

I am a 2023 student or teacher of The Clay Room:
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