About us
The Melbourne Prize Trust has been established with three objectives:

to recognise and reward excellence and talent;
to inspire creative development;
to enrich public life.

Run in conjunction with the Committee for Melbourne, the Trust achieves its objectives by running the annual Melbourne Prize. By offering selected award categories, each annual Melbourne Prize provides professional development, enables overseas travel and financial reward to allow artists to pursue their creative work.


The annual Melbourne Prize is positioned as the prize of the city for the city and runs in a three–year cycle:

Melbourne Prize for
Urban Sculpture 2005
Melbourne Prize for Literature 2006
Melbourne Prize for
Music 2007

The three–year cycle commences again with the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2008.

The Melbourne Prize Trust activities are supported by a collaboration of corporate and public partners and private patrons—see Sponsors & Patrons.


The Trust aims to demonstrate the value of our creative resources and recognise these under the banner of Australia’s cultural hub— Melbourne. The annual Melbourne Prize is positioned, in most categories, as the most valuable cultural development prize in Australia and focusses on Victorian artist in the first cycle.

A free public display of finalists will be held at Federation Square annually in November.

The Melbourne Prize Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity and islisted in the Federal Government's Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

An initiative of the Committee for Melbourne