The Warrnibald 2017

Saturday, 22 July 2017 to Sunday, 20 August 2017
Ren Gregoric

The ‘Warrnibald’ is an annual, non-acquisitive open entry portraiture exhibition and art prize run jointly between the WDEA Community (WDEA) and the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). The prize is open to individuals residing in Warrnambool, Shire of Moyne and Shire of Corangamite.

Portrait subjects are those who have made contributions in the areas of local culture, charity, business, science, health education, sport or politics in South-Western Victoria, nationally or internationally.

Now in its 5th year, the exhibition and art prize seeks to continue to foster community spirit and celebrate those who have contributed to our rich and diverse community. The Warrnimbald also provides WDEA with vital funding to support the continued operation of the ArtLink Program, with 100% of entry fees and 50% of artwork sales going directly to WDEA to keep the program open.

Prize Overview

In 2017, the following prizes will be awarded:

  • Judge's Selection: First Prize $1,500, Second Prize $500
  • People’s Choice: First Prize $1500, Second Prize $500

Judge's Selection Awards

Warrnambool Art Gallery is please to announce the 2017 Warrnibald judging panel, who have selected a first and second:

  • Rory Neeson: Rory is from Allansford and works at Corangamite Shire where he is responsible for, amongst other things, the delivery of arts and cultural activities.  He has led the installation of public art pieces, the delivery of a new arts and culture program and has a real passion for the promotion of the arts.
  • Jean (Jeanie) Gleeson: Jeanie is a Port Fairy based artist who works across drawing, printmaking and painting. Cultural identity and childhood memory serve as a rich field of possibilities, with current work focusing on the South West Coast. Jeanie Gleeson teaches at the Centre for Creative Arts at South West TAFE, in Warrnambool.
  • Cr Jordan Lockett: Jordan Lockett is a social worker and an art therapist who has worked in youth justice and mental health. Jordan is also Deputy Mayor of Moyne Shire. Lockett recently wrote and co-produced an album about Port Fairy (Southern Ocean Sea Band), a project which also involved the producion of a book featuring local artists interpreting the album's songs in artistic forms. The Southern Ocean Sea Band has since toured the album locally and performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. 
  • Des Bunyon: Des is Gallery Director of Customs House Gallery Warrnambool, now Hawkesdale (1990-2017), a former art teacher, graphic designer and (pre-computer) film animator, aa life member of the artist run initiative The F Project, a member of the acapella group 'The Resonators' and a printmaker.
  • Fiona Clarke: Fiona Clarke is a renowned local Aboriginal artist and children’s book author of the Kirrae Whurrong who has been a practising for over 26 years. Her most recent achievement was being selected by Cricket Australia to design the Aboriginal motif used to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first Aboriginal Cricket team to play at the MCG on Boxing day, 2016.

People's Choice Awards

Throughout the exhibition, 22nd July to August 20th, members of the public will have the opportuntity to nominate a work for the People's Choice awards. Entry forms are availble at the gallery front desk.

Key Dates

  • Entry forms and artworks must be completed and returned to WAG no later than 6pm Tuesday 18th July 2017;
  • The exhibition will be formally opened at an Exhibition Opening event held at WAG from 6pm to 7:30pm on Friday 4th August 2017. Judges selection award winners to be announced at this event.

A special exhibition closing reception will be held at WAG from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 20th August 2017. People’s choice award winners to be announced at this event.