The Incubator is a Hands On Art project that provides senior students and young artists the chance to gain experience in exhibiting their artwork in a public art space.

Students from Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region are invited to submit their work for display in our annual exhibition which celebrates the talented young creatives in our community. Prizes are awarded to those artists whose work shows skill, creativity and conceptual depth.

Incubator 2021

Like last year we have decided to host an exhibition online showcasing all the submissions we receive. Works accepted for submission this year are any medium including sculpture, photography and video. Online work or digital work is fine as long as it can be viewed online.

Following on from the online exhibition selected artworks will be selected for a physical exhibition held at Hands On Art.  These artworks will be in contention to win the Incubator main prize as well other prizes.

The main prize like last year is a residency at Hands On Art in their artists’ studio. The selected artist will have access to studio and exhibition space and will be able to work alongside and be mentored by experienced Hands On Art artists. This is a great opportunity for a young artist wishing to gain experience in the art industry. The winning artist will also get the chance to exhibit what they make during their residency in the Hands On Art gallery space.

The  online exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork. This artist will receive the People’ Choice Award.

See the 2020 online exhibition here.

Exhibition Dates

  • Online Exhibition Opens- 25th July 2021
  • Exhibition at Hands On Art- TBC

Deadlines and Terms and Conditions

  • Entries to the Incubator are due by the 25th June 2021. All artworks submitted to the Incubator must be completed at time of submission.
  • Students must be in either Year 11,12 or their 1st year of university or college.
  • Students are allowed to submit one artwork each however, triptychs and diptychs will be accepted as one artwork.
  • This year all mediums are accepted including sculpture, photography and video. Online work or digital work is fine as long as it can be viewed online.
  • Artwork can be from a student’s schoolwork or project or an artwork they have made outside of school.
  • Prizes will be judged and awarded by professional artists. There will also be a people’s vote for their favourite artwork which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
  • Participation this year is free.
  • Each artist must have a separate application form. Please complete the application form and then send an image of your artwork to
  • Images must be high resolution (300ppi) and should be of the whole artwork. Try to have your image just of the artwork with nothing else in the background. For sculptures or 3D work where this is not possible please try to take a picture of the work with a plain coloured background, preferably white.
  • Make sure emails reference the Incubator and your name in the subject line.
  • For video work please email a link to view the video.