This years theme is
Outback: A sense of Place
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.
Learning & Public Engagement
Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art
Home of the Arts, Gold Coast
Award Winning & Leading
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.
by Rhonda Rettke
2015 John Villiers Outback Prize First Prize Section Two Winner.
2019 Winning Piece
Enter your piece into the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize.
Here are some key dates that you don't want to miss.
Friday 1st February 2019
Entries for pre-selection close.
Friday 8th February 2019
Notification of selected finalists works.
Friday 22nd March 2019
Final date for selected works to be delivered.
Friday 28th March 2019
The John Villiers Outback Art Prize Exhibition opens.
Friday 29th March 2019
Official Opening & Awards night.
Friday 12th July 2019
The exhibition comes to a close.
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