In recent times, CAPO has been able to contribute to Canberra’s art scene outside of its annual Auction Party and the new Emerging Artists’ Prize. Here are some of the areas CAPO has been able to make a difference.

M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

Cat Mueller

Cat Mueller with her winning entry in the 2014 M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

For the last two years, CAPO has provided one of the prizes for M16’s own Drawing Prize, and in 2014 we provided First Prize. The winner that year was Cat Mueller. CAPO looks forward to continuing our relationship with M16’s Drawing Prize into the future.



ANU School of Art Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS)

Rebecca Hinwood, Green Grey

Rebecca Hinwood, Green Grey 2013, Stainless Steel with powder coating and enamel paint, 8 x 8 x 6 cm

CAPO has supported EASS for several years, on each occasion providing an Acquisitive Award for an artwork that is subsequently entered into CAPO’s own Auction. In 2013, CAPO gave an award to Rebecca Hinwood, and her work subsequently sold in the CAPO Auction that year. In 2014, CAPO’s EASS award went to Lara Nott for a piece you will see in CAPO’s Auction this November.

Last year CAPO added an important new award to its commitment to EASS – the CAPO Curatorial Internship Award. Given to two outstanding Art History graduates each year, this award effectively provides curators – mentored by CAPO – for the CAPO Emerging Artists’ Prize exhibition, the first of which was held in May 2015 at M16 Artspace.