SOAP 2017- Open for Entries

Robe’s community arts event - the Southern Ocean Arts Prize (SOAP), is back again on November 3.

SOAP’s mission is to embrace and advocate for the visual arts by providing an accessible platform for exhibition, and to promote art as a powerful and creative tool for expression and visual communication.

The volunteer committee has worked conscientiously to make improvements toward the prize. This year, they are excited to deliver a new, user friendly website that offers contributing artists an option to process their registration forms and payment online.

The team is hopeful that this new and improved entry format will help artists and encourage their participation. Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the new website @

Last year’s event saw record participation and support. The committee is hopeful to see this level of interest backed up with contributions from locals as well as regional artists from all ages all across Australia.

Tom Davidson, committee member added “we are thrilled to announce this year’s team of Professional Judges that will be identifying the winning works. “We have a well rounded and diverse team of incredible talents including Jon Goulder - a master craftsman and furniture designer, Jacqui Bateman - a past winner and accomplished photographer, and David Dridan - a true South Australian art icon, well recognized for his landscape paintings.”

On top of the major category prizes in 2D, Sculpture and Creative Photography, the Robe District Council have followed on with it’s sponsorship of an annual themed prize. This year the RDC theme of “Connection to Country” will provide inspiration to those wanting to connect with the natural world.

“It offers an excellent opportunity for artists to explore lessons that can be learned from first Australians - to embrace the beauty of the environment and to become more in harmony with nature” said Tom.

“It’s very humbling to see the community come together and offer their sponsorship support - without this generosity we would be unable to continue to offer such an event” Our committee would like to take this opportunity to make a genuine and sincere thank you to all of this year’s sponsors.”

“Our committee would like to ask that you help promote the prize by encouraging those around you to enter their work. It is important to all of us that this prize remains a positive space and one of encouragement to anyone interested in communicating through art.” 

For anyone that prefers to have a tangible registration form they can be downloaded from the website at or found at many local venues including:

  • The Robe Community Bendigo Bank
  • Union Café
  • Robe Visitor Information Centre
  • Wilson's Gallery
  • Robe Post Office