The Warrnibald 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018 to Sunday, 23 September 2018

Thank you to Marion Manifold, Danielle O'Brien and Jock Serong for judging the Warrnibald 2018  Judge's Selection First and Second Prize winners.

The Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) and Western District Employment Access (WDEA) invite entries to The WARRNIBALD2018. The ‘Warrnibald’ is a non-acquisitive open-entry portraiture exhibition and art prize run jointly between WDEA and WAG. 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. The Warrnibald helps raise funds to support WDEA’s Artlink Program: an initiative that assists people with a range of abilities identify and achieve their creative goals, and promote the inclusivity of everyone in community life.

The Warrnibald

Now in its 3rd year at WAG, 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 Warrnibald provides WDEA , a community owned and managed disability employment provider, with the works displayed at their Artlink Gallery at 241 Koroit St, Warrnambool 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.

The Warrnibald Portrait Prize was established as a way of recognising both the skills of our many local artists and providing a platform to recognise individuals who have made significant contribution to the fabric of South-West Victorian communities.

Warrnambool has a strong connection to The Archibald Prize which was established by Jules François Archibald (JF) and first awarded in 1921. JF’s father, Joseph Archibald was sergeant of police in Warrnambool and described as ‘enlightened, sober and sceptical’, founded the Warrnambool Art Gallery 130 years ago in 1886. As with its inspiration, The Warrnibald Prize fosters portraiture as well as supporting artists and perpetuating the memory of great local identities.

2018 Judges

WAG and WDEA are delighted to welcome Marion Manifold, Danielle O'Brien and Jock Serong to award the Warrnibald 2018 Judge's Selection First and Second Prizes.

Marion Manifold - Marion has received major awards including the prestigious Shell Fremantle Print Award 2001, the Silk Cut Acquisitive Award 2008, and Geelong Print Acquisitive Award 2008, and residencies include the Australia Council for the Arts Paris residency 2008, Print Council of Australia residencies, RMIT residency 2005, and an Australian Print Workshop collaboration 2016.Marion was born in Melbourne but has lived in regional Victoria since 1976. She has an extensive solo and group exhibition history with work held in the National Gallery of Australia and major public collections across Australia and overseas.

Danielle O'Brien - Danielle O'Brien completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (printmaking) at Deakin University in 1994 and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from University of South Australia (1998).The impetus and space to build an artist practice into daily life coincided with her return to Warrnambool in 2011. Operating out of a studio in the old Fletcher Jones Building her practice gathers together an extended family of distinct shapes that are combined to create systems of regularity. Danielle also has established Plus8 screen printing studio producing hand-printed textile designs.

Jock Serong - Jock Serong’s debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, his second novel, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His third novel, On the Java Ridge was published in 2017. Formerly a lawyer, Jock is now a feature writer and was the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.

The WDEA ArtLink Program

The ArtLink program operates to support people with a disability or those experiencing disadvantage to express their artistic flair in a way they enjoy, and to produce works they have full ownership of. Artlink currently operates at 11 Albert St, Warrnambool on Mondays and Tuesdays amongst many other activities in a vibrant space created by the 17 artists who participate in it. Visitors are welcome and volunteers are encouraged to assist the artists to achieve their artistic goals. To find out more about ArtLink and WDEA or to enquire about volunteering, please get in contact with WDEA 1300 521 511, warrnambool [at] wdea [dot] org [dot] au.


In 2018, the following prizes will be awarded:

  • Judges Selection: First Prize $1500, Second Prize $500
  • People’s Choice Awards: First Prize $1500, Second Prize $500

Voting for the People's Choice Awards

Voting for the People's Choice Awards 10am Saturday 28th July and closes 3pm Sunday 16th September 2018. Winners will be annouced at a special closing event from 2-3pm Sunday 23rd September.
How to enter the Warrnibald 2018

To enter, simply submit your portrait entry according to the 2018 Terms and Conditions along with the entry form to the Warrnambool Art Gallery during one of the set delivery dates and times. Entry fees must be paid in full at the time of delivery. Click here to access the 2018 entry form.

Have a question?

See the Frequently Asked Questions section of the entry pack for more information, or contact the Warrnambool Art Gallery gallery [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au, (03) 5559 4890.