2024 John Villiers Outback Art Prize finalists announced

February 2024

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:

Ainslie McMahon

Baden Johnson 

Carmen Jackson

Dache Geiger

Deborah Michell Smith

Desma Munro

Diane Clark

Elena Churilova

Elizabeth Clark

Gabriela Thiecke

Georgie Johnson

Glenda Jones

Harita Lakshmivenkatesaku

Jacqueline Burgess

Joanne Kerr

Juanita Sangangitha

Karen Standke

Kathy Ellem

Laura Prowchowski

Louise Vadasz

Lyn Bartolo

Margery Goodall

Mark Coombe

Mary Nguyen

Maureen Harley

Melinda Giblett

Melissa Stone

Miriam Innes

Misty Lee Talbot

Patricia Menegazzo

Paul Whitehead

Renee Sanson

Sam Pennisi

Sally West 

Sarah Field 

Sarah Singleton

Sharon Wilkinson

Steve Lopez

Susanne Denham

Susie Goodyear

Suzanna Hay 

Travis Harbour

VRM Morrison

Zac Moynihan


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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Entries now open for the John Villiers Trust Outback Art Prize