The John Villiers Outback Art Prize exhibition opens next month, showcasing the incredible talent of artists in outback communities, and their ability to share the story of the wonders of rural, regional and remote Australia.
Our congratulations go to all the finalists in the Adult and Emerging Youth categories:
Deborah Michell Smith
Misty Lee Talbot
In 2024, even younger artists were encouraged to get involved through the new Children’s Art Project and Digital Exhibition.
For the first time, budding artists aged 5-14 years from Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Barcoo, Tambo and Diamantina were invited to submit their artwork expressing what they love about living in the bush or what they would like to see or change in their region. Entries will be exhibited online through a digital gallery, coinciding with the John Villiers Outback Art Prize exhibition.
The John Villiers Trust (JVT) has supported the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the John Villiers Outback Art Prize since 2012 and is proud to help bring this iconic event to life.
JVT exists to help amplify the voices of country communities, and in recent years has strategically chosen to focus on children and youth. So, we are delighted that the WMC has extended the Art Prize in a way that gives young people from rural, regional and remote communities a voice and opportunity to express themselves through art.
The works of the finalists will be on exhibition at the Outback Regional Gallery at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton from 23 March to 19 May 2024.
The finalists’ images will also be available online for the duration of the exhibition.
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