The Incubator provides senior students and young artists the experience of exhibiting their artwork in a public art space.

Students in year 11 and 12, as well as first year tertiary arts courses from Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region are invited to submit their work for display in our annual exhibition.  We not only strive to promote and celebrate talented young artists, but also nurture the connections necessary for a thriving creative community. Prizes are awarded to those artists whose work shows skill, creativity and conceptual depth; however, the true reward is earned through participation.

After applications are submitted, artworks will be selected for an exhibition held at the Hands On Art substation gallery in Paddington.  These artworks will be in the competition to win the Incubator main prize, as well the People’s Choice. 

People’s Choice is judged on the night of the opening and will be voted in by attendees. Traditionally, the winner receives an art gift pack, which has previously been donated by Oxlades and Art Shed Brisbane. 

The main prize is a residency at Hands On Art artists’ studio, which resides on the top level of the substation. The selected artist will have access to the studio and exhibition space and will be able to work alongside and be mentored by experienced artists in the space. 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 their artworks after the residency in the Hands On Art gallery space in their very own solo exhibition.  

Participation is free and applications open on 15th July.

Email us for an application form:


  • Applications open: 15th July
  • Application close: 2nd September
  • Participant announcement: 6th September


  • Opening night 21st September 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Exhibition 21st September – 28th September


Terms and Conditions

  • All artworks submitted to the Incubator must be completed in time for the exhibition.
  • All artworks must be ready to hang, mount or set-up – artists are responsible for ensuring hooks, screws and lines on the frame or canvas are appropriately secured. Sculptures must be able to stand without additional support. Paper artworks do not need any framing unless it is a part of the artist’s intention.
  • At the time of submission artworks must be at least 80% completed.
  • Students must be in either Year 11,12 or their 1st year of university or college.
  • Students are allowed to submit up to two artworks each; however, triptychs and diptychs will be accepted as one artwork.
  • This year all mediums are accepted including sculpture, photography and video.
  • Artwork can be from a student’s schoolwork or project or an artwork they have made outside of school between 2023 – 2024.
  • The main prize winner will be judged and awarded by a panel of professionals in the arts. There will also be a people’s vote for their favourite artwork which will be announced on the exhibition night.
  • Participation in 2024 is free.
  • Participants agree to drop off and pick up artworks on the dates and times stipulated on the application form and will sign a waiver for artworks left past these dates.
  • 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.