Junior Warrnibald Prize 2021

Saturday, 3 July 2021 to Sunday, 18 July 2021
Temporary Gallery

WAG and WDEA Works invite entries to the Junior Warrnibald Prize 2021 – a portrait competition, just like The Warrnibald Prize, but for artists aged 18 and under.

Artists can submit a portrait of anyone in their lives who they look up to. The subject must know and have a relationship with the artist, for example the artist’s subject could be a parent, a grandparent, a foster carer, a neighbour, a friend, a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, or a shop owner. Pick up your frame from the Gallery and create your portrait either at WAG or at home, and return before 3pm Friday 16 July.

Portraits will be exhibited at WAG between 3 to 18 July 2021. Junior Prize-winning works will be included in the Warrnibald Prize 2021 exhibition.


WAG and WDEA Works are delighted to announce Shelley Knoll-Miller as the 2021 Junior Warrnibald judge.

Shelley Knoll-Miller has been creating and drawing for over 20 years. She has held editorial cartoonist positions with The Melbourne Age and Darwin Sun, and worked as a freelancer for many magazines, including The Big Issue. She now writes and illustrates children’s picture books.


All entrants must comply with the following entry instructions and conditions.


Entries to the Junior Warrnibald Prize 2021 must be by artists under the age of 18

Key dates

  • The Junior Warrnibald will open 10am Saturday 3 July and close 3pm Sunday 18 July 2021
  • Artworks must be delivered by 3pm Friday 16 July 2021
  • Prize winners will be announced at WAG from 1-2pm on Sunday 18 July 2021

Making and Submitting your Portrait

  • One artwork only per entrant
  • Can be vertical or horizontal
  • Any art materials or combination of art materials may be used
  • The artwork must be two-dimensional
  • Artwork must not be self-portraits
  • Fill in and submit the entry form on page 4 ensuring that a parent or legal guardian has signed permission for entry. Entry forms are available for download via the WAG website or in person at WAG reception 26 Liebig Street
  • Specially-designed Junior Warrnibald art boards can be collected from WAG. Further details via WAG website or reception
  • Artworks can be created at WAG between 3 to 16 July 2021. Please note gallery hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Sat-Sun
  • Alternatively, artworks can be created anywhere so long as they’re delivered by 3pm Friday 16 July 2021



Entrants will be eligible to receive a prize in the artist’s age group. First and second prizes will be awarded in five age groups:

  • Up to age 5
  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-11
  • Ages 12-15
  • Ages 16-18

First prize winners in each age group will receive a cash prize of $100. Second prize winners in each age group will receive a Darrian Office Choice Art Gift Voucher valued at $50. A special prize will also be awarded to one artist whose work displays outstanding creativity. This winner will receive a cash prize of $100 and the opportunity to work with a local graphic designer to create a children’s mascot for WAG



Entries will be judged by an art industry leader according to the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the submitted artwork to the theme, as decided by the judges
  • Artistic interpretation of the theme, as decided by the judges
  • The originality of the submission

Judges will be announced on or before 3 July 2021



Contact WAG | gallery [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

 | (03) 5559 4949

Image credit: Rose Harvey, Maryanne, 2020. Oil paint on board, 42 x 42 cm (Winner, Junior Warrnibald 2020)