Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition 'Grow'

Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Illustration by Sheryl Cole.


A huge thank you to all of our 9x5 entrants for all your fantastic work, you certainly are a talented bunch! 

Congratulations to this year's winners!

BEST IN SHOW: Ingrid Bartkowiak


BEST DIGITAL: Jody Pratt  


STUDENT PRIZE: Susanna Rivas Vegas

Keep an eye out for the digital catalog and photos of the event coming soon!

Keep Going. Keep Growing.

We’ve come a long way together, and we’ve only just begun! We changed, evolved and continue to shape IA over the last 30 years to become who we are today. Great things take time to grow. 

Illustrators Australia's much loved 9x5 Exhibition returns for another year and this year is very special. It’s our birthday. So we’re taking it back to where it all began to The Victorian Artists Society, once again paying homage to the Heidelberg School's famous paintings on little wooden cigar boxes with this years’ theme- ‘Grow’. 

So ‘Grow’ with us, as we celebrate 30 years of supporting Illustrators and helping each other grow professionally and creatively. Show us what it means to ‘Grow’. We’ll leave the interpretation to you. 

Be brave, be bold, bloom and ‘Grow’.

Save the Date

Join us for the opening night of ‘Grow’ Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition on the 6th December 2019 at The Victoria Artists Society. This year we will showcase our artist's entries alongside a small retrospect of IA over the last 30 years. Come celebrate 30 years of creativity with us, meet and greet other artists and discover what it means to ‘Grow’.

Opening night:
The Victorian Artists Society 

6 pm to 9 pm on Friday 6th December 2019
Light refreshments provided.

Exhibition runs:
6th - 16th December

10 am – 4 pm weekdays 
1 pm – 4 pm weekends during exhibitions



Registration is now open for members and non-members who are Professional, Establishing or Students 18 year or older within Australia. This year we welcome back digital artists thanks to our friends at Print on Wood. Please select your entry type below and be sure to read the 'Terms and Conditions'  and 'Artists Agreement and Waiver' carefully before you complete your registration, once registered you will receive an Artists Welcome Pack with instructions for entry. 

Click here for Members Registration: $30.00 inc GST
Click here for Student Member Registration: $20.00 inc GST
Click here for Non- Members Registration: $40.00 inc GST
Click here for Non-Member Student Registration: $25.00 inc GST

Traditonal Artists Welcome Pack will include a 9x5 panel of high quaity Hoop pine, a welcome letter outling important dates and submission instructions. Deadline for Traditional Submissions is the 25th November 2019.

Digital Artists Welcome Pack will include a welcome letter outling important dates, 'Print on Wood' instructions detailing how to prepare your work for print and submission details.  Deadline for Digital Submissions is the 19th November 2019.


Procreate: 1 x IPAD with Procreate
Ironlak Artists Pack including: 
1 x Visual Diary
4 x Brushes
1 x Set of Aquarelle Pens
1 x Set Technical Drawing Pens
9 x Acrylic Artists Color 60ml Tubes
10 x Artists Water Based Acrylic 45ml Fluids
1x Platypi book
1 x IA Membership or Renewal

Jacky Winter: Portfolio Review
SMLXL: $250 Print Voucher
IA Membership or Renewal
1x Platypi Book

Penguin: Portfolio Review
SMLXL:$250 Print Voucher
1 x IA Membership or Renewal
1 x Platypi Book

1 x Platypi16 Artist Page valued at $250
1 x IA Membership or Renewal
1 x Platypi Book

1 x IA Membership or Renewal
1 x IA Portfolio Review
1 x Platypi Book
1 x $50 Art Supplies Voucher


Prizes have been generously supplied by Ironlak, The Jacky Winter Group, Penguin Random House AustraliaProcreate, and SMLXL. Thank you for supporting Australian Illustrators!