The Warrnibald Prize 2021

Saturday, 24 July 2021 to Sunday, 26 September 2021
Temporary Gallery

This is an archive of The Warrnibald Prize 2021. For information on The Warrnibald Prize 2022, check here [link]


*Please note exhibition dates have been extended due to COVID19

WAG and WDEA Works invite entries to The Warrnibald Prize 2021. The Warrnibald Prize is a non-acquisitive open-entry portraiture exhibition and art prize. All entries are eligible for first and second prizes selected by a panel of art experts as well as The Peoples’ Choice Award (The Archibool Prize) first and second prizes selected by public vote. Portrait subjects are those who are currently, or have previously, made significant contributions to culture, art, volunteering, business, sport, politics, education or health in South West Victoria or have represented our region by contributing in these areas in Australia or overseas.

The Warrnibald Prize helps raise funds to support WDEA Work’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 Prize 2021

The Warrnibald Prize was established as a way of recognising both the skills of our many local artists and provide a platform to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fabric of South West Victorian communities. Now in its 5th year at WAG, the exhibition and art prize continues to foster community spirit and celebrate those who contribute to our rich and diverse community.

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 in 1886. As with its inspiration, The Warrnibald Prize fosters portraiture as well as supporting artists and perpetuating the memory of great local identities.


The WDEA ArtLink Program

The Warrnibald Prize provides WDEA Works with vital funding to support the continued operation of the ArtLink Program. 100% of entry fees and 50% of artwork sales go directly to WDEA Works to keep the program open.

WDEA Works is a community focused not-for-profit organisation offering Disability Employment Services (DES), jobactive programmes, Training (RTO), Social Enterprises, NDIS programs and activities.

The ArtLink program operates to support people with a disability to express their artistic flair in a way they enjoy, and to produce works they have full ownership of. ArtLink operates at 11 Albert St, Warrnambool on Mondays and Tuesdays amongst many other activities in a vibrant space created by the 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 Works Social Enterprise or to enquire about volunteering, please get in contact with WDEA Works Social Enterprise on (03) 5564 5200 or enterprises [at] wdeaworks [dot] org [dot] au



  • The Warrnibald Prize (Judges Selection): First Prize $2000,
  • The Warrnibald Prize (Judges Selection): Second Prize $500
  • The Archibool Prize (People’s Choice Award): First Prize $2000
  • The Archibool Prize (People’s Choice Award): Second Prize $500


How to enter The Warrnibald Prize 2021

To enter, submit your portrait entry according to the 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.

Book your delivery time through Eventbrite [here]. We ask that you adhere to your allotted delivery time for Covid-19 and social distancing conventions. You may cancel and re-book a different time if necessary.

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 4949.

Image credit: Karen Richards, Des, Portrait of Des Bunyon, 2020, Embroidery 21 x 20.5 cm (Winner, Judges Selection 2020)