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2020 Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition

The Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition is an annual exhibition proudly presented by the Western Downs Galleries Committee represented by Gallery 107@Dalby, Dogwood Crossing, Miles and Lapunyah Art Gallery. In 2020, the Exhibition offers a total prize pool of $3000, with four Category Prizes, a Young Artist Award and a People’s Choice Award. Held annually, 2020 will mark the seventh year – the first year it is presented online – with the exhibition open from 7 November to 12 December 2020 at Gallery 107@Dalby.


Western Downs Regional Council is working closely with the Queensland and Australian Governments to plan, prepare and coordinate response to the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region. The exhibition opening date may change subject to ongoing advice. For further updates on the COVID-19 situation in the region click here.

Theme – Phoenix 

Carol McCormack | Gulf blues 2018 | Acrylic on stretched canvas | 40cm x 40cm

The impact of compounding national and global events – unprecedented drought, bushfires and now a global pandemic have had a profound effect on the entire Australian community.

Bewilderment, fear and grief for life, property and our futures has been overwhelming. However, these terrible events have tapped into an amazing reservoir of humanity that has motivated family, friends, community and strangers to embrace positive collaborative action. Across the world people are finding creative ways in extraordinary circumstances of reaching out, maintaining both community and a sense of personal well-being. The danger has not passed, the journey is far from over and much will have to change, but already we can see the tremulous flutter of the Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Artists are asked to respond to the ancient myth of the Phoenix rising from the ashes as seen through the lens of personal, community or environmental transformation from death and destruction to new life. Artists may respond in their favoured medium including but not limited to painting, drawing, assemblage, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography and new media.


Entries can be submitted to one of four (4) categories:

  • Painting: Oils, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media.
  • Works on paper: Any work on a paper substrate including but not limited to pen, pencil, ink, collage (excluding watercolour, see painting category).
  • Photography: Any photographic works either digital or analogue including digital art.
  • 3D works: Including but not limited to ceramics, sculpture, installation, assemblage, textiles and woodwork.


Category Prizes
$2400 prize money is spread equally across the four categories – painting, works on paper, photography and new media and 3D. Open to all artists.

People’s Choice Award
$200 voucher from Murray’s Art & Farming as the result of a public ballot counted at the end of the exhibition. All artists are eligible.

Young Artist Award
$400 merit certificate. Awarded to an eligible emerging young artist aged between 14 and 21 years.

How to enter

Submit your entry online today via our online entry form.

Entry Forms are due by close of business Friday 25 September 2020.

Each artwork to be submitted must have the completed entry form submitted online. For those who require a paper entry form please call 1300 COUNCIL and a paper copy will be arranged. Paper entries must be submitted by the due date either in person to one of Council’s Customer Service Centres or emailed to

View the Terms & Conditions here  |  Read more tips for submitting your entries here


The non-refundable fee per entry is $25 and must be paid prior to delivery of artwork (see below). Entry fees can be paid in person at a Customer Service Centre or by credit card over the phone by calling 1300 COUNCIL.

Key Dates

Entries Close

Friday 25 September 2020, 5pm (one entry per artwork)

Artwork Delivery for Exhibition

Regional Courier Delivery (this service is FREE – all entries must be packed carefully for transport, no artwork will be accepted outside these times):

  • Chinchilla
    Date: Friday 25 September 2020 (for pickup by transport Monday 28 September)
    Time: 9am to 4pm
    Location: Chinchilla Customer Service Centre
  • Miles
    Date: Friday 25 September 2020 (for pickup by transport Monday 28 September)
    Time: 9am to 4pm
    Location: Miles Customer Service Centre
  • Dalby
    Date: Monday 28 September 2020
    Time: 10am to 4pm
    Location: Gallery 107@Dalby

Collection of Artwork

Collection is to be made in person or by private agent between 10am and 4pm from Monday 14 December to Wednesday 16 December 2020 from Gallery 107@Dalby (excluding any sold artworks)

Exhibition Opening Date

The exhibition will officially open from 5.30pm Saturday 7 November at Gallery 107@Dalby.

2019 Regional Artists Exhibition – Inside Out 

View the 2019 Regional Artists Exhibition Winners on the Dogwood Crossing Miles website.