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fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders are inviting submissions from emerging Australian artists for the annual Emerging Artist Award 2018.A selection of approximately 25 artworks will be chosen for a two-week exhibition from 19 to 30 June 2018 at fortyfivedownstairs, with $3,000 worth of prizes awarded to the finalists whose work most closely aligns with the Award selection criteria. With a growing community of Emerging Artist Award alumni experiencing industry success, the Award is a proven catalyst for ongoing recognition and professional development and allows audiences the privilege of accessing early-career works by exciting young artists.fortyfivedownstairs showcase independent, experimental and thought-provoking visual art. The Emerging Artist Award 2018 is an opportunity to examine developing trends in the contemporary art scene whilst allowing emerging artists to gain exposure in a professional setting and kick-start their careers.Submissions close 21 May 2018. Exhibition runs from 19 to 30 June 2018.