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It's that time of year again.


Watercolour palettes melt into one homogenous blob; viewfinders seem to be perpetually foggy; oil paintings simply refuse to dry. Left unchecked, spare rolls of canvas will grow their own mouldering masterpieces overnight. By mid-October, the 'L' in Plein Air may as well be silent (paintbrushes don't make good fly swats). But there is no relief to be found in the studio- it's become a sauna. A miniature tropical garden will begin to bloom under the drip-drip-dripping of the A/C, which shudders back to life as the louvres clack shut for the first time since June.


There's no doubt about it. It's that time of year again. It's Too Bloody Hot!



Yep, the build-up is back! And so is our annual Members' Show.


‘Too Bloody Hot’ invites artists of all disciplines to interpret how North Australia’s climate shapes our lives, landscapes, and culture. No matter the medium, this theme is your chance to capture the essence of a climate which is as much a part of our collective identity as it is our daily lives. From the scorching hot of the Red Centre to steamy humidity of the Top End, NCCA invites you to celebrate the resilience and resourcefulness that comes with living in a place where it's always, well, Too Bloody Hot!


STEP 1: Make sure you are a member. You can sign up or renew here.
STEP 2: Get making! 
STEP 3: Submit your entry by downloading and filling out the form below and emailing it to the Assistant Curator, Kate Land (, or visit the Centre and fill out a hard copy.
STEP 4: Deliver your artwork to NCCA before 5pm on Friday 24 November.

Entries close: Friday 24 November, 5pm
Launch Party: Thursday 30 November, 6pm
Closing party and prizes: Saturday 16 December, midday

There will be a cash prize for first, second and third prize, and a Jacksons Art Supplies voucher for the winner of the people’s choice award. Guest judges TBA soon.
NCCA is a non-commercial art space. Our Members' Show is an exception, where we help artworks find new homes. Sales enquiries will be referred directly to the artist. NCCA does not take a commission.
0% commission for sold works =  100% return to our artists
Interpreting the theme:
Think beyond the temperature gauge! Your work could capture the rituals of cooling off, sub-cultures of the tropics, local stories of global warming, or the rhythm of living in between extremes of wet and dry. This is your opportunity to explore the relationship between climate, culture, and creativity.


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