The Outback Archies Art Prize is an Outback Arts project, now in its twelfth year! In this time the Outback Archies has grown in anticipation with each year, shining a light on the diverse and talented creatives in the region, as they celebrate and explore the theme ‘Legends and Landscapes’.

Outback Arts have once again teamed up with several key partners which will once again extend the reach of this project. Entries will be accepted from not only from the Outback Arts region of Bourke, Brewarrina, Bogan, Cobar, Coonamble, Warren and Walgett Shires but also, Gilgandra, Narrabri, Moree, Gunnedah, Liverpool Plains, Gwydir, Tamworth, Broken Hill, Wentworth Shire, Central Darling Shire and the Western Unincorporated Area – that’s seventeen Local Government Areas in total!

The 2022 Art Prize will also cater for our creative youth in Regional New South Wales with the Young Archies, featured in two categories, Primary School and High School. Youth entries may explore any medium of their choosing. The usual prizes remain, including the major Outback Archies Prize, People’s Choice, Aboriginal Art Award plus first and second prizes for each category of Ceramics, Sculpture, Two Dimensional and Photography.

Executive Director for Outback Arts, Jamie-Lea Trindall says “The Outback Archies is looked forward to by artists and the broader community each year. Great interest has already been shown by artists preparing to enter and those planning a trip to view the exhibition. It has locals at the core but promotes regional artists far and wide.”

The Outback Archies showcases the talented creatives within regional NSW and brings them together to inspire one another as well as providing emerging artists with a platform to boost their profile. Outback Arts strive to support artists by providing opportunities to exhibit and showcase their work locally as well as in metro galleries by securing exhibition opportunities.

Special thanks to our project partners Arts North West, West Darling Arts, 2 Rivers Pty Ltd, Gilgandra Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council, Campbelltown Arts Centre, our anonymous donors, sponsors NorthWest Vets and contributing Councils to the Outback Art program Bourke, Brewarrina, Bogan, Cobar, Coonamble, Warren and Walgett Shires.

Entries for pre-selection open 18 July 2022 and close 14 August 2022 with the exhibition scheduled for 12 September – 28 October 2022.

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