We regret to inform you that, for reasons explained below, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA) is now unable to sponsor and hold the Prize this year. However, we hope to be back in 2021.
In recent years, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA has sponsored the $20,000 Perth Royal Art Prize and invested substantial resources in holding and promoting the exhibition of Perth Royal Art Prize finalists and the Salon. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially impacted RASWA’s available resources. We are an events organisation, and since March, we have been unable to host any events. While a decision in relation to the 2020 Perth Royal Show is pending, it is clear that even if a 2020 Perth Royal Show is held, there is no guarantee that RASWA will have sufficient resources to conduct all of its activities in the same way. As a consequence, RASWA has had to make some difficult decisions. With the situation rapidly changing, we wanted to give the Prize every chance of being held this year. That is why we waited until the impact of COVID-19 was clear before making a final decision. However, in the absence of a major sponsor, we now have no option but to cancel this year’s Perth Royal Art Prize.
We appreciate that you may have already put inspiration, effort and significant resources into your intended entry. However, we hope that you understand why we have taken this difficult decision and we look forward to more favourable conditions in 2021.
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