Wyndham Art Prize 2021

This year’s winners:

  • Wyndham At Prize 2021 ($12,000) – Gideon Wilonja
  • LEAP Acquisitive 2021 ($5,000) – Xiang Li
  • TREAT (Commission Opportunity $5,000) – Peter Burke
  • People’s Choice Award – To Be Announced 22 JUL 2021

The Wyndham Art Prize, now in its seventh year has again attracted some fascinating artwork. This annual contemporary art prize attracts entries from some of the best artists across Australia and offers a chance for local and emerging artists to exhibit alongside them.

The 2021 Wyndham Art Prize has had the most entries ever, over 300 works submitted, and of those 84 selected as finalists for this year’s exhibition including 20 from local artists, which is fantastic. We have paintings, sculptures, video, prints, drawings, ceramics and many other wonderful creations on display.

Wyndham Art Prize 2021

Gideon Wilonja has taken the major prize, a $12,000 non-acquisitive with his mesmerising photograph Soft. The highly sought after Local Emerging Art Prize, a $5,000 acquisitive was awarded to local artist Xiang Li for her work The Werribee River Book, which will now be part of the Wyndham City Contemporary Art collection. And TREAT, a socially engaged commission to work with the Wyndham community and with Deakin University’s Public Art Commission, has been awarded to Peter Burke. The judges also selected 4 highly commendable works by artists Gail Harradine, Yask Desai, Eva Nolan, and Ryan Andrew Lee.

Wyndham Art Prize 2021

This year’s People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Arts Assist.

Wyndham Art Prize 2021 Finalists:

Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer, Fae Ballingall, Elaine Batton, Ashlee Becks, Tanya Beehre, Lynn Berry & Margaret Knight, Peter Burke, Fiona Cabassi, Ann Capling, Yu Fang Chi, Glen Clarke, Muthi.Tidda (Jessica Clarke), Madison Connors, Sal Cooper, Jenna Corcoran, Jack Danger, Payel Dasgupta, Yask Desai, Emily Dober, Alice Duncan, Merrin Eirth, Pony Express (Ian Sinclair and Loren Kronemyer), Liss Fenwick, Sai-Wai Foo, Katherine Gailer (AKA Katira), maddison gibbs, Brad Gunn, Safak Gurboga, Anni Hagberg, Aisha Hara, Gail Harradine, Sammy Hawker, Angela Hickey, Chris Humphries, Suresh Jeanel, Tracey Jones, Ayman Kaake, Duain Kelaart, Dominika Keller, Marketa Kemp, Soyoun Kim, Zai Kuang, Jo Lane, Julee Latimer, Ryan Andrew Lee, Janet Leith, Xiang Li, Cally Lotz, Kera Lukies, Catherine Mackay, Jasmine Mansbridge, Bethany Mansfield, John Mashar, Donna Marcus, John Mathet, Cathy Yarwood-Mahy, Liza McCosh, Kirsty McIntyre, Amy Meng, Nunzio Miano, Eva Nolan, brenda page, Raj Panda, Kirsten Perry, Mu Naw Poe, Shirley Ploog, Lorna Quinn, Katy Robinson, Jaymi Rowarth, Carol Rowlands, Natalie Ryan, Pip Ryan, Johny Salama, Arun Kumar Sharma, Lily Soga, Linda Sok, Paul Snell, Shuklay Tahpo, Jill Velinos, Danny Lee, Simon Welsh, Sally West, Timothy White, Gideon Wilonja

Image: Winner Wyndham Art Prize 2021: Gideon Wilonja – Soft ­– Photograph, 2021 – image courtesy of the artist

View the art works, artist statement and the full listing of shortlisted artists in the Exhibition Catalogue.

Go Deeper

Wyndham Art Gallery and the Wyndham Cultural Centre are currently closed due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Our Artist in Conversation which was planned to go ahead this Thurs 3 June is postponed. We look forward to welcoming you back and rescheduling this program in the near future.

Join us, soon hopefully very soon, for our Artist in Conversation and hear from local artists Xiang Li, Jessica Clarke, John Mashar, Tanya Behree, Cathy Mackay and Yufang Chi as they talk to audiences about their artworks and their art practices.

Getting to the gallery

Wyndham Art Gallery is 33km from the Melbourne CBD and 43km from Geelong’s CBD.

By Train
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.

By Car
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. 

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