The annual Top Arts exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria is a celebration of the creativity and talent of young artists across the state. Now in its twenty-eighth year, the exhibition showcases outstanding work created by students who have completed VCE Art and VCE Studio Arts.

In 2022 we look forward to presenting an exhibition which celebrates the resilience, creativity and innovation of students in what has been an extraordinary year.

How to apply

Applications can be made via this website from Wednesday 1 September 2021.

Register and complete the online form by 11:59pm Wednesday 20 October 2021. You will need to provide information about yourself and your work of art and upload up to five photographs of it.

Selection criteria

Exemplary resolved artworks and folio/support material are selected from a range of media, themes and approaches based on their demonstration of the following criteria:

  • fulfil the assessment criteria for VCE Art or Studio Arts
  • strong conceptual development
  • imaginative and individual qualities
  • technical excellence
  • an awareness of aesthetic considerations
  • an awareness of past and contemporary art practices

Works must also fulfil the following technical requirements:

  • be appropriate for public exhibition
  • fit exhibition constraints including space and safe weight restrictions
  • be suitable for display purposes in regard to fragility and power needs and stable enough to be shown for the duration of the exhibition, for example, works on paper must be suitable for mounting, framing or pinning.
  • have copyright clearance for all non-original material used in screen-based or other works


Registered yet?

First thing you’ll need to do is register.

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Top Arts is part of the VCE Season of Excellence