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Hidden Gems 2024

24 January 2024 - 4 February 2024

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24 January 2024
4 February 2024
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This is an open-themed exhibition which will allow entrants to show work in any style and media.

The exhibition will be on show from Wednesday, 24th January to Sunday 4th February, 2024.

Entries are now closed for Hidden Gems.

The Royal Queensland Art Society is proudly supported by

Brisbane City Council

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Event ActivityDate
1Entry forms submitted to RQAS by:Wednesday, 17th January 2024 3:30pm
2Bring in day-Artwork to be delivered to RQAS:Saturday 20th January 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm
3Exhibition Opens to Public:Wednesday 24th January 10:00am
6Exhibition closes:Sunday 4th February 3:30pm
7Bump out Day - pickup your work:Monday 5th February 10:00am-12:00pm


Entry FeeDescription
$20Per Artwork
$10Per Artwork - RQAS Brisbane Branch Members

Terms & Conditions

1.1 Entry fees are not refundable and non-transferable.

1.2 Entry forms can be completed either:

  • on the RQAS website,
  • emailed to: entries@rqas.com.au
  • or are to be returned to Petrie Terrace Gallery at Unit 3, 162 Petrie Terrace Brisbane.

1.3 The successful completion and submission of the entry form, image(s) and payment will be considered as receipt of payment and entry. The gallery will email you to confirm your place in the exhibition or if we need further information about your entry.

1.4 Image Format: Image(s) of your work need to be submitted as a digital jpeg file.

Save the file as “yourname_artworktitle”


2.1 Any 2D or 3D media may be submitted.

2.2 Members and Non-Members may enter this exhibition.

2.3 This exhibition does not accept entries that were completed in whole or in part by artificial intelligence.

Selection, Judging & Prizes:

3.1 A selection process may be implemented. After the submissions, all artists will be advised if they have been selected as a finalist or not. Selection is based on the quality of artworks, their relevance to the brief and the gallery capacity. Only finalists will have their work exhibited in the Gallery.

3.2 This exhibition is not judged.

3.3 People’s Choice will be awarded at the end of the Exhibition. The winner will receive free Membership to RQAS Brisbane Branch for 12 months.

Permissions & Copyright:

4.1 Exhibitors agree to images of their work being reproduced in print and online for promotional purposes.

4.2 Entries must be the original work of the exhibitor, and not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party.

4.3 If you are submitting a portrait the entrant must have the subject’s consent to enter the artwork in this exhibition including ensuring they understand the artwork may be displayed to the public.


5.1 Artworks must not exceed 1.5m in width.

5.2 All works need to be easily and safely carried by 1 to 2 people.

Delivery, Installation & Pick-up:

6.1 Artworks to be delivered to the Gallery at 3/162 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD, 4000.

6.2 Entries are accepted, displayed, and returned at the owner’s risk. Freight and insurance are also the owner’s responsibility. All care will be taken, but no responsibility accepted for loss or damage.

6.3 Any questions artists have during installation must be addressed to the Creative Director or their representative.

6.4 Should any dispute arise where no specific ruling is laid down the RQAS Committee’s decision is final.


7.1 The work must be suitably presented and ready to be safely displayed with the appropriate hardware. Any artwork not professionally finished will not be able to be placed on display.

7.2 Framed artworks and works on canvas (or otherwise mounted) must be ready to hang on the all using large “D” rings placed approximately 5cm from the top of the frame. Wire or string is not required.

Commission & Sales:

8.1 Artwork must be for sale, please allow for RQAS commission and any applicable GST when setting price. Artists aged 17yrs or under DO NOT have to list their artwork for sale but must notify gallery at time of entry.

8.2 The gallery will charge 27.5% commission (including GST) on all sales.

8.3 We offer 3-month lay-by options for buyers. Any lay-by not finalised within this time will have the artwork returned to the Artist.

8.4 Artists will be paid for any sales after the end of the exhibition OR when any lay-by is paid in full.

Finishing and Professionalism for Artwork Entered into RQAS Exhibitions


When entering artwork into RQAS exhibitions, the artworks need to be presented and finished in a professional manner. This helps the gallery to create a cohesive exhibition with a professional look, as well as ensuring the hanging process is easy and safe for our staff and volunteers.


Artworks must be clean, dry and professionally finished before being delivered to the gallery. This includes cleaning the glass and wiping off any dust that may have accumulated while in storage.

To download guidelines and view images please click here

Painted Edges & Framed Works

If works on stretched canvas are not framed the edges of the canvas must be cleanly finished. Artists may choose to paint the edge a single colour such as grey or a colour that complements the artwork, see  Figure 1, or you may complete the artwork in the “round” as in Figure 2. In the “round” means to extend the painting around the edge of the canvas. Essentially, the edges should not have random marks, such as fingerprints or paint drips.

D Rings

Framed artworks and works on canvas (or otherwise mounted) must be ready to hang on the wall using medium or large sized “D” rings placed approximately 5-10cm from the top of the frame. Attach hooks facing upwards and on the outside of the canvas frame, as pictured in Figure 3. Wire or string is not required. However, if you would like to add wire or string, please see Figure 3. As you can see the wire is further down the canvas and is not attached to the top “D” ring.

Squaring Up

To determine if a rectangular or square canvas is “square” or “squared up”, measure the diagonal of the canvas/artwork, and it should be the same length both ways. Please refer to Figure 4.

Foxing & Mould

Foxing is an age-related process of deterioration that causes spots and browning and can appear as brown, yellow, or red stains on the paper or canvas. If it appears on an artwork mat, the work must be reframed with a new mat. If it appears on the canvas or paper, it must be treated and repainted, so it is not visible.

Artwork Labels

Clearly mark the artist’s name, contact details, the title of work, and price on an artwork label, to be placed on the back of the work. We need this information to easily identify your artwork before the exhibition labels (didactics) and catalogue are printed for the exhibition. Some artists choose to write this information on the back of the frame/canvas directly. You may also choose to include this on a removable/temporary label, or on a permanent label or “Certificate of Authenticity”.