Closing date extended to enter the Community Art Awards

The Queensland Council of Unions is holding an inaugural Labour Day Community Art Awards competition in 2020 to promote the achievements of working people in Queensland.

**The submission closing date has now been extended to Friday, 24 April 2020 due to the impact of the national response to the Coronavirus pandemic.**

It will be open to all in the community, with a particular focus on inspiring Queenslanders of all ages to create their vision of the power of collective action.

Prize money will be offered across a range of categories, and winning entries will be displayed at Labour Day events.


Download the Art Awards entry form and more information.

Prizes will range from $3000 for the Open category winner, to $300 for age category winners.

The Labour Day Community Art Awards are open to all members of the Queensland public.

Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Michael Clifford said the Community Art Awards offered an opportunity for Queenslanders to portray their vision of how working together benefits all in society.

“Queensland’s Labour Day celebrations are showcased and recognised as the largest and best attended in Australia,” he said.

Since 1901, Labour Day has consistently been celebrated in Queensland on the first Monday in May.

Why Queenslanders celebrate Labour Day

“Labour Day recognises the vast majority of the community who go about their jobs with little or no recognition,” he said.

“The contribution that these ordinary workers make to society and the economy would otherwise go unnoticed and uncelebrated.

“Labour Day acknowledges the improvements made to the lives of working people – and to our society – by the labour movement. Improvements such as paid leave (including paid parental leave); universal superannuation; equal pay for women and shorter working hours; as well as improvements to working conditions and workplace health and safety,” he said.

“These Awards aim to record and celebrate these contributions through the creative process.”

Art Awards Theme

The Community Art Awards inaugural theme is “Celebrating Queenslanders Working Together”.

Submissions should reflect this theme, designed to inspire artists of all ages to depict the collective achievements of working people.

Entries can be submitted in a variety of media (paint, crayon, pencil, ink, sculpture, or photographic) and  winning entries will be featured in a Labour Day exhibition.

Entrants must be residents of Queensland.


You can also submit a scan of your entry online through the form below. Note that you may be asked to submit the original artwork for exhibition purposes.

Submit your entry online