Seeing Stars SKA Art Prize 2013


Seeing Stars is a celebration of art and astronomy inspired by the world’s largest telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which will be co-hosted here in Australia!

Using the inspiration of the SKA, artists and would-be artists are invited to create original pieces of artwork expressing the excitement and mystery of the SKA and its potential for discovery.  Seeing Stars is open to 2D graphic mediums including painting, drawing, textiles and prints of digital art.  Mediums not accepted include photography, installations or other craft.

Artwork should be based around one or more of the five ‘themes’ identified below, which align with the five research areas for the SKA.

The themes are:

  • The birth of stars and galaxies
  • The mysteries of dark energy
  • Alien life
  • The genius of Einstein
  • Giant magnetic fields of space

Entries close at 11:59 PM AEST, Friday 5 July 2013.

Entrants are allowed a maximum of five (5) entries.



The winner and runner-up in each category will be awarded prizes. 

Open category

  • Winner     $3,000
  • Runner-up     $1,500

12 years & under category

  • Winner     iPad
  • Runner-up     iPad mini 


The Exhibition

The exhibition of winners and finalists will be held in early August at the Yarra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.


Judging panel

The judging panel will be responsible for selecting the winning entries from the shortlisted artworks.

The judging panel includes:

  • Dr Brian Boyle, Australia – New Zealand SKA Project Director
  • Dr Soula Bennett, Director, Quantum Victoria and President, Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria
  • Mr Wilson da Silva, Editor-in-Chief, COSMOS Magazine
  • Kate Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Fed Square Pty Ltd


People’s Choice award

The People’s Choice winner will be selected by the public from the shortlisted entries.  Voting will take place online and the entry with the highest number of votes will be awarded as the People’s Choice winner.

The winning entry of the People’s Choice will be displayed as the winner of the award at the exhibition.

 For full details, terms and conditions and details of how to enter, visit

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