2024 Terms and Conditions


1. A non-refundable fee (inc GST) of $30 for one entry or $50 for two entries or $60 for three entries, together with the entry form and one visual of each work submitted for consideration, must be received by the Outback Regional Gallery no later than 5pm Friday 12th January, 2024. The entrant will set the final sale price for the artwork on the entry submission form.

2. The John Villiers Outback Art Prize is open to all Australian citizens and NOT an international art prize. Entrants must reside in Australia to enter the prize. All finalist’s artworks must be for sale. Entries must not have won any other prizes.

3. Entrants represented by a commercial gallery will provide details of the gallery at the time of entry submission.

4. Please include a short statement about the artwork.

5. The name of the artist, title of the work and direction for viewing should be clear on each visual (e.g. OLDTRUCK_BILL SMITH_IMAGE 1.jpg). All images will be sized at 2MB and in jpeg format. Images can be uploaded directly on the prize website found at www.matildacentre.com.au or electronic versions are acceptable (USB) sent via mail (entry form completed and included). No refunds of entry fees will be made under any circumstances. All fees can be directly deposited to: Winton Shire Council, BSB: 084990 ACCT: 509011458 Please include your full name as the remitter and a record of the confirmation number.

6. Entries must be the original unaided work of the entrant executed within two years prior to the closing date—5pm, 12th January, 2024. No wet works accepted. All works must correspond to the theme – Outback: A Sense of Place. NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR DIGITAL mediums accepted. Accepted mediums include: Painting, Drawing, Print Making or Sculpture, Textile.

7. The 2024 John Villiers Outback Art Prize is open to emerging youth aged 15 – 26 years of age. A guardian must be responsible for entrants under 18 years of age who wish to enter the prize. Emerging artists who are 18 years or over can choose either to enter into the Adult or Emerging Category but state on entry form which section they are entering. Finalist works chosen from entrants aged 15-26 years must demonstrate date of birth details on request from the prize organiser. Work must be the original work of the person between 15-26 years of age.

8. All 2d works must be suitably framed ready for hanging—D RINGS TO A MINIMUM SIZE OF 10MM MUST BE USED and placed 10cm from top of frame. Maximum size for 2D artworks is 105cm x 105cm. Ceramics and Sculpture must have suitable stands, supports or a flat base where necessary. Three-dimensional works must not exceed the carrying capacity of two average sized people and weight must allow for easy transportation. Any artwork not suitable presented or a of a fragile nature may be excluded for the display. Maximum framed size for painting 100cm x 100cm (total weight 5kg); for 3-dimensional works 60cm (square).

9. The selection of finalists works will be undertaken by the judging panel from the visuals submitted. Please provide quality images of your work. Artists whose works are selected will be advised by Monday 5th February, 2024. The estimated quantity of entries chosen as finalists will be 35 to 40 artworks.

10. ONLY SELECTED works for the prize must be delivered to the John Villiers Outback Art Prize, c/- Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton, Qld, 4735, no later than Monday 11th March, 2024. No late entries will be accepted. All finalist artworks must be available for exhibition between 23rd March and 19th May, 2024 at the Outback Regional Gallery.

11. The entrant is responsible for freight and insurance on artworks while in transit. The Outback Regional Gallery will not be responsible for any lost or late entries that occur in transit. All artworks will be insured by the Winton Shire Council while the artworks are in the possession, care or control of the Outback Regional Gallery. All care will be taken for the artworks during the exhibition and storage time frames.

12. All finalist artworks should be clearly marked with the artists name, address, title of work, medium, dimensions, sale price which should agree with details on the entry form.

13. Only the Adult Major First Prize for this competition is acquisitive for the total prize money total of $10,000 and the artwork will be acquired for the Outback Regional Gallery collection. The acquired work does not include commission.

14. All finalist works must be for sale. A commission of 25% plus 10% GST on commission, will be retained on any works sold. Where the entrant is registered for GST, the stated sale price should be GST inclusive, and an ABN must be supplied. Where the entrant is not registered for GST either an ABN must be supplied or the declaration on the entry form regarding hobby status, must be completed. Payment of sales of artwork will be made within 30 days of the of receipt of full payment from the purchaser of the artwork. If an entrant is contracted to a commercial gallery the commission will be calculated at 40% plus GST and split 50 -50 between the Outback Regional Gallery and the gallery representing the artist. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that these commissions are acceptable to their gallery or other representative.

15. The adult section placing will be Major Prize $10,000 (acquisitive), Second Prize $2000, Third Prize $500. The emerging youth section placing will be First Prize $1500, Second Prize $1000, Third Prize $500. People’s Choice Award $500 open to both sections

16. Final judging will be conducted at the Outback Regional Gallery by the judge/ judges. The announcement of the awards will take place at the official opening on Saturday 23rd March, 2024. The judge/s decision/s shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The Judge/s will select finalists works that best interpret the theme: Outback—A Sense of Place. People’s Choice Award will be announced near the closing date of the exhibition.

17. Entrants retain copyright in their works. The Winton Shire Council including the Outback Regional Gallery may reproduce copies of the finalists and winning works. Finalists and winners grant the Winton Shire Council and Outback Regional Gallery a non-exclusive and non-commercial licence to reproduce images of artwork for the purpose of promoting the art prize and could include printed and online promotion including third party sponsors websites and online platforms that promote the prize. The artist and the artist’s gallery (if applicable) will be acknowledged in such material. This licence will be for a period of five years except for acquisitive artworks which will have a perpetual licence and any archival use which is perpetual. The Winton Shire Council including the Outback Regional Gallery will not make any changes to reproductions of an artwork without prior written consent from the artist, unless it is reasonable to do so.

18. The Outback Regional Gallery will repack unsold works and return to the entrant after discussion with the entrant via a nominated freight transporter to be paid for by the entrant. Finalist works unclaimed after six weeks of the close of the exhibition shall become the property of the Outback Regional Gallery, and may be deaccessioned. The Outback Regional Gallery would make every effort to contact the artist before any deaccession process occurred.

19. The placement of all finalists works within the exhibit will be at the discretion of the prizes appointed curator.


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