The John Villiers Outback Art Prize is a prestigious contemporary art prize set in Winton, the heart of Outback Queensland. It gives established and young emerging artists an opportunity to tell their story of the outback and be eligible for prizes up to $10,000.
Each year, the John Villiers Outback Art Prize invites artists from all over Australia to use their talents to tell the story of the uniqueness of country landscapes and communities through painting, drawing, print and sculpture.
Culminating in opening night celebrations, and an exhibition at the Outback Regional Gallery in Winton, the event draws visitors from far and wide to celebrate the wonders of the outback.
Find out more about the event and the many reasons to visit Winton here.
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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
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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The Art Prize is open for entries now until January 2024. Submissions from adult and youth, professional and emerging artists are welcome as part of this artistic celebration of country life hosted by the Outback Regional Gallery in the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton.
The Art Prize is open until 12 January 2024. Winners will be announced in March 2024 and entries exhibited at the Outback Regional Gallery in the Waltzing Matilda Centre, and online.
In 2023/2024 even younger artists are encouraged to get involved with the John Villiers Outback Art Prize, 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 are 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 as part of the John Villiers Outback Art Prize.
It’s a great way to give young people from rural, regional and remote communities a voice and opportunity to express themselves through art.