Time is running out to submit artwork for the hArt23 Exhibition, with applications closing 5pm on May 28.

The exhibition aims to showcase and celebrate the work of youth and adult artists who live, work or are connected to Mitchell.

This year, in addition to the open category, there will be two new categories for hArt23, the Climate Solutions/Environment Prize, and the Youth Artist Prize for those aged 12 to 24.

The theme for the Climate Solutions/Environment Prize is ‘Nurturing Hope Through Creativity’, which ties in with the work Mitchell Shire Council is doing with the community to create a Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Council is seeking expressions of what people personally value in the natural world and why.

Work may depict a native animal, plant or landscape or people within the environment.

First prize for Climate Solutions/Environment category is $500, along with two highly commended prizes of $300 each. Prize winners will also receive the book: Retrosuburbia by David Holmgren, valued at $85.

Prizes will be judged on elements that help people understand local climate risks, innovation or inspire hope and meaningful change.

In the youth category, participants are also eligible for one of three art supplies gift vouchers valued at $300.

Works in hArt23 can be two or three dimensional in any medium, including digital, projections, painting, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, small sculptures, photography, textiles and jewellery.

Prizes will be announced at the opening night event on Friday, June 9, from 6pm to 8pm.

The exhibition is from 10am to 4pm on June 9 to 18, except Monday, June 13, at Broadford Hall, with entry via the council chambers.