The Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition is an annual exhibition proudly presented by Western Downs Regional Council, supported by the Western Downs Galleries Committee represented by Lapunyah Art Gallery, Gallery 107 @ Dalby, Dogwood Crossing, Miles. 

With the theme of ‘Essence’ the 2023 exhibition is a contemplation on what’s beyond the surface of a subject. It is an invitation to pause and engage deeply with what is right in front of us.

In 2023, the exhibition offers a total prize pool of $3800, with four Category Prizes, Young Artist Merit Award, and People’s Choice Award. The exhibition will feature on Western Downs Arts as a Gallery and 3D virtual exhibition, and on show from 16 September – 10 November 2023 at Gallery 107 @ Dalby.


Essence is the basic, intrinsic nature of something – whether a person, a place, an object, or idea. It is the fundamental characteristic which gives something its individual identity. Essence also describes an extract concentrated from a plant or other matter that enhances our experience of the world through flavour and scent. It deepens our sensory perception beyond the visual. 
These layers of meaning, combined with the artwork size limitations, are a provocation to artists to subject their creative practice to a distillation process.  Essence asks artists to look beyond the façade and enquire into the core of their subject to discern its most significant element or defining quality. Their challenge is to capture and communicate this essence through their visual medium of choice.

Exhibition Curator

Meet this year’s exhibition Curator Cara-Ann Simpson. The curator selects the exhibition from the entries submitted, awards the prizes, writes the curatorial essay and attends opening night. In the video message below Cara-Ann talks about the exhibition theme Essence.

How to Enter

Entries are due by close of business Monday 10 July 2023.
There is a limit of two (2) entries per Artist.
Each artwork to be submitted must have completed the online entry form

* For those who require a paper entry form please call 1300 COUNCIL and a paper copy will be arranged. Paper copies can be handed in person to one of the Customer Service Centres, or scanned and emailed to 

Entry Fee

The non-refundable fee per entry is $25
The non-refundable entry fee for those entries eligible for the Young Artist Merit Award are at the reduced rate of $5
Entry fees can be paid in person at a Customer Service Centre or by credit card over the phone by calling 1300 COUNCIL.
All entry fees must be paid prior to delivery of artwork (see below). 


Entries were submitted to one of four (4) categories:

Maximum overall artwork dimensions are: 2D works 610mm x 510mm; 3D works 300mm x 300mm x 500mm (W x D x H), TV display available for video art 36cm x 55cm (66cm diagonal screen).


Category Prizes

$500 for first place and $300 for second place will be awarded in each of the four categories: Painting; Works on paper, Photography and new media art, and 3D works.
Open to all artists. 

People’s Choice Award

$200 voucher Murray’s Art & Farming as the result of a public ballot counted at the end of the exhibition. All artists are eligible.  

Young Artist Merit Award

$400 merit certificate. Awarded to an eligible emerging young artist aged between 14 and 21 years. 

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Key Dates

Entries Close

Monday 10 July 2023, 5.00pm 
One entry per artwork. Non-refundable entry fee $25 per artwork. 

Delivery of artwork

Tuesday 11 July
Delivery made in person or by private agent to Dogwood Crossing, Miles between 9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Or by

Regional Collection

This service is FREE. All entries must be packed carefully for transport and delivered to the locations below. No artwork will be accepted outside times indicated. 

Tuesday 11 July 2023
8:15am – 4:45pm
Chinchilla Customer Service Centre
80-86 Heeney Street, Chinchilla Qld 4413

Tuesday 11 July 2023
8:15am – 4:45pm
Dalby Corporate Office
30 Marble Street, Dalby Qld 4405

Collection of Artwork

Pick-up from Gallery 107 @ Dalby in person or by private agent, between 1pm Friday 10 November and 4pm Saturday 11 November 2023 or by arrangement with the Gallery (except sold artworks).

Exhibition Opening

5.30pm, Saturday 16 September at Gallery 107 @ Dalby, 23 Marble Street, Dalby, Qld 4405

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