Wyndham Art Gallery established the Wyndham Art Prize in 2015. It has become one of the largest prizes, in terms of the number of artists shortlisted for exhibition, in the country. Each year the artists are shortlisted by Wyndham Art Gallery curators and the judging is done by independent curators and art professionals.
The gallery shortlists entries on their own merits (as opposed to looking over CVs). The shortlisting results in an exhibition of scale and diversity with last year over 90 works exhibited. This means that both emerging and established artists from all backgrounds are exhibited side-by-side, a priority for Wyndham Art Gallery.
Artworks can take any form, including (but not limited to) sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, installation, digital sound and video.
Winners of the Wyndham Art Prize are David Sequeira (2015), Katjarra Butler (2016), Tina Barahanos (2017), Camille Hannah (2018), wāni toaishara (2019), Amala Groom (2020) and Gideon Wilonja (2021). In 2019, Wyndham City Council established LEAP (Local Emerging Art Prize), which was won by Emmet Davies. The 2020 LEAP winner was wāni toaishara and 2021 was won by Xiang Li. The people’s Choice Award winners have been, Peter Waples-Crowe 2015, Samantha Bonham 2016, Anindita Banerjee, 2017, Carmel Louise 2018, Emmet Davies 2019 John Mathet 2019, 2020 Aisha Hara 2021
Image: WAP 2021 Winning work by Gideon Wilonja
Getting to the gallery
Wyndham Art Gallery is 33km from the Melbourne CBD and 43km from Geelong’s CBD.
Wyndham Art Gallery is a 10 min walk from Werribee Train Station. Currently the V-line is no longer going through Werribee. The closest V-line station is Wyndham Vale, which is a 12 min drive away.
Wyndham Art Gallery is situated inside the Wyndham Cultural Centre at 177 Watton Street, Werribee. Parking is available on street , a 3hr lot next door to the Wyndham Cultural Centre and all-day parking at the end of the street.