Outback: A Sense of Place

This years theme is

John Villiers Outback
Art Prize 2019

Entries now closed!

Download our information brochure below for all the details you need about the 2019 John Villiers Art Prize!

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

The Outback Regional Gallery is a cultural initiative of the Winton Shire Council and a purpose-built gallery to enable the display of artworks from State and National Institutions. The gallery’s aim is to promote a vibrant cultural destination and enrich the cultural life of the community by presenting diverse public programmes that promote opportunities for locals and regional artists.

Generously supported by The John Villiers Trust the competition is a highlight on the annual calendar and celebrating its 20th year.

The 2019 John Villiers Art Prize features four prizes, totalling $13,000. The Major Award will be an acquisitive prize of $10,000. Three non-acquisitive prizes will be an Honorary Mention of $2000, Third Prize of $500 and a People’s Choice Award to the value of $500 sponsored locally by Ros Kavanagh of Elders Insurance Queensland.


Our Judging Panel

Meet the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize Judging Panel.

Simon Wright

Assistant Director
Learning & Public Engagement
Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art

Tracy Cooper-Lavery

Gallery Director
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

Joe Furlonger

Award Winning & Leading
Australian Landscape Painter

Previous Prize Winners!

Need some inspiration? Check out some winners from 2015 below.

From the Outback to the Sea

by Carol Forster

2015 John Villiers Outback Art Prize Second Prize Section Two.

Memories, Dreams and Reflections

by Kathryn McGovern

2015 John Villiers Outback Art Prize Major Award Winner.

I See the Light

by Kathey Ellem

2015 John Villiers Outback Art Prize Third Prize Section One.

Channel Country Cattle

by Kerry Landsberg

2015 John Villiers Outback Prize Winner of the Celebrity Prize.

Anthill Country

by Rhonda Rettke

2015 John Villiers Outback Prize First Prize Section Two Winner.

2019 Winning Piece

by You!

Enter your piece into the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize.

Joe Furlonger Workshop

Join one of our Judges, Award Winning Artist, and leading Australian landscape painter, Joe Furlonger, for his weekend workshop "Working En Plein Air in Winton, Outback QLD" on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st of March 2019. Spaces are limited.

For more information, please contact us or download our brochure.  

Credit - Producer/ Director/ Editor Bruce Inglis and Art Gallery of NSW



Exhibitions Supervisor
c/- Outback Regional Art Gallery
Waltzing Matilda Centre
50 Elderslie Street