Prizes
John Leslie Art Prize
Feb 26, 2024
Jul 19, 2024
entries are closed
Inaugurated in 2000, the Prize is named after John Leslie OBE (1919—2016), Patron of the Gippsland Art Gallery.

The continuation of the Prize is made possible by the generous ongoing support of the John Leslie Foundation, and 2024 marks its 13th iteration.

Prizes include the John Leslie $30,000 Acquisitive Prize as well as a $1,000 non-acquisitive prize for the ‘Best Gippsland Work’.

An exhibition of finalists will be exhibited from 7 September to 24 November 2024, with the announcement of winners taking place at the launch on Friday 6 September at 6.00pm.

Judges

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Associate Curator, Gippsland Art Gallery
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Juan Ford
Australian contemporary artist
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Dr Sam Leach
Australian contemporary artist
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Dr Louisa Waters
Collections and Exhibitions Coordintor/Curator
Terms and Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions of Entry. It is assumed the entrant has read and accepted the Terms and Conditions of Entry when they enter the Prize.

General

1.1 The John Leslie Art Prize is open to any artist living and working in Australia.

1.2 Entrants may submit up to two entries. Entries must be paintings in any medium, and must not exceed 200 x 250cm (including frame) each. The theme of the Prize is ‘landscape’, which may be interpreted in any way.

1.3 Entries must have been completed after 1 March 2022.

1.4 To be eligible for ‘Best Gippsland Work’ entrants must live or work within the Gippsland region defined by the borders of Wellington, Latrobe, East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Baw Baw Shire Councils.

1.5 Each individual artwork is only eligible to win one of the two Prizes. Either the John Leslie Art Prize 2024 – $30,000 (acquisitive), or ‘Best Gippsland Work’ – $1,000 (non-acquisitive).

Payment & Entry

2.1 A non-refundable payment of $35.00 is applicable for each entry. The Gippsland Art Gallery will not store any payment details, or share your information with a third party.

2.2 To be eligible for entry please submit:

a) A completed entry form online
b) Payment of $35.00 or $70.00
c) A 300dpi image suitable for reproduction of the artwork/s

Entries must be received by the Gallery by midnight (AEST) on Friday 19 July 2024.

2.3 Entries must be submitted online at www.gippslandartgallery.com/prizes

Selection of Finalists

3.1 All entrants will be notified about the selection of finalists via email by Monday 5 August 2024. The decision of the selection panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

3.2 Artworks selected for exhibition must be professionally presented, free of dirt and insect contamination, and ready to hang with either two D-rings or hanging wire attached.

Exhibition of Finalists

4.1 Artworks selected for exhibition must be delivered to the Gallery no later than Friday 30 August 2024.

4.2 Artworks that the Gallery considers to be defamatory or likely to cause offense will not be exhibited.

4.3 All work exhibited must be available for sale. The Gallery reserves the right to first option for purchase. Enquiries received from exhibition visitors regarding the sale of artworks will be directed to the artist or his/her agent. The Gallery does not charge commission on sales made through exhibition at the Gallery. The Gallery will not receive or hold payment (whole or in part).

4.4 Entries are required to remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.

Additional Information

5.1 Finalists agree to allow the Gallery to photograph and reproduce their work for the purpose of promoting the John Leslie Art Prize, for a period not exceeding two years from the closure of the exhibition. Any reproductions of artworks will provide full attribution of the artist.

5.2 Employees of Wellington Shire Council and members of their immediate families are ineligible for entry.

Past Winners
2022
 Winner
Greg WOOD
V34 Reimagining
Year: 
2022
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Size: 
96 x 80cm
Courtesy the artist, Otomys, Melbourne, and Stockroom, Kyneton.
© 
2020
 Winner
Sarah TOMASETTI
Kailash from the Air
Year: 
2019
Medium: 
Oil and incision on fresco plaster
Size: 
220 x 130cm
Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney, and Beaver Galleries, Canberra. Winner John Leslie Art Prize 2020.
© 
2018
 Winner
Vanessa KELLY
Wyatt Brothers Chicory Kiln, Corinella Gippsland
Year: 
2018
Medium: 
Acrylic on linen
Size: 
90 x 120cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Acquired, 2018. Winner John Leslie Art Prize 2018.
© 
2016
 Winner
Amelda READ-FORSYTHE
Under the Storm
Year: 
2016
Medium: 
Oil on board
Size: 
60 x 91cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Purchased, 2016. Winner John Leslie Art Prize 2016.
© 
2014
 Winner
Shannon SMILEY
Untitled, Burnley
Year: 
2014
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Size: 
120 x 95cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Purchased, 2014. Winner John Leslie Art Prize 2014.
© 
2010
 Winner
Jason CORDERO
The Pillars of Wind
Year: 
2009
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Size: 
122 x 183cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Donated by the artist, 2011.
© 
2008
 Winner
Andrew MEZEI
Unimpeachable Pillars
Year: 
2008
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Size: 
61 x 102cm
Collection Gippsland Art Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of the Gippsland Art Gallery Society, 2008.
© 
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