Celebrating and promoting the outback through art


Outback Regional Gallery, Winton, Qld




The John Villiers Outback Art Prize

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Since 1998, the Waltzing Matilda Outback Gallery in the central outback town of Winton has curated an annual art exhibition and competition to promote art and culture in the Outback. The John Villiers Trust has supported the Art Show since 2012 and the 2021 inaugural emerging youth category.

The John Villiers Art Prize is an annual art competition open to all Australia artists and presented by the Outback Regional Gallery and Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton Queensland.

The national art exhibition has been held annually since 1998 and celebrates and explores the different themes of the Outback in both painting and three dimensional works in a competitive and professional environment.

Held every year during the peak tourist season between May-July, the exhibition is seen by 5,000-8,000 visitors between March- May. It gives the local community and visitors the opportunity to learn about art in its many different forms, as well as enjoy images of familiar Outback scenes through the eyes of artists.

Our mission at JVT is to achieve transformative impact in Queensland through active engagement and strong partnerships, The John Villiers Trust were pleased to partner with the Waltzing Matilda Centre for a further three years.

After 21 years the John Villiers Outback Art Prize diversified in 2020 and became more inclusive by becoming the only national prize that includes an emerging youth category based in remote Queensland.

The competition includes all ages within the community and these expressions and viewpoints are necessary for culture to continue to flourish. Skilling workshops will accompany the prize and also target the wellbeing of youth and create an opportunity for development.

The partnership between JVT and The Waltzing Matilda Centre is even clearer as it will create transformative change, empower youth and stimulate arts and culture in our region.

Entries open August and close January each year.  For more information on how to enter The John Villiers Art Prize click here.