Du Rietz Art Awards

The Du Rietz Art Awards honour the architect of the beautiful historic School of Arts building where the Gallery is housed, and is open to all experience levels.


Key Dates

Winner Announcements | After judging Wednesday 5 August 2020

Exhibition viewing | 5 August – 5 September 2020


2020 Finalists 

Congratulations to the finalists who have been pre-selected for inclusion into the 2020 Du Rietz Art Awards. Click here to see the full list of this years finalists.


2020 Winners

Winners of the inaugural Du Rietz Art Awards are listed below.

Winners shared in over $13,000 in prizes over seven awards.

The Gallery staff would like to thank all the artists who submitted artwork and all the generous sponsors for supporting creativity and the arts in the Gympie region.

Award Name Artwork Name Artwork Image Judges Comments

Section 1 | 2D Award $6,000

Marjan Bakhtiarikish 


Reminiscent of the golden age of Baroque and the Dutch Masters. The haunting eyes and dreamy expression on the face of the subject captivated me from the start. Close up it is full of texture as the artist has pushed the paint around the surface. The mark making with palette knife and brush is clear and the hand of the artist is obvious. But viewed from a distance there is a beautiful softness to the work. The use of light and colour enhance the focal point of the painting, the eyes. I find this a highly emotive and beautifully rendered portrait of a young woman gazing into her future and contemplating what life may hold in store for her.

Section 2 | Budget Steel 3D Award $3,000 (Acquisitive) Ken Munsie Library of the Orient

The level of detail and the composition of the work invited much closer inspection and contemplation. The work raised a number of questions that created an internal dialogue and led me down several different paths. It spoke of ancient knowledge, perhaps now discarded as no longer referenced. The library is obviously well used, or has been well used. The stairs beg explanation. I found the work evocative and absorbing. Wonderful in composition and design.

Bendigo Bank Locals Award | $3,000 Miriam Innes Where were you when...

I was drawn to the scale of the work and its ability to encourage me to look deeper into it. The balance of negative space in the foreground, incredible detail in the middle ground and the threat (or promise) captured in the vast sky and towering cloud formation in the background draws your attention around the image. A deserted, quiet, rural streetscape, it nevertheless has the ability to capture your imagination as it leads you by the nose around the entirety of the scene.

Bryan Moore Memorial Ceramic Award | $500 cash prize Paula Bowie Afterlife

A beautifully executed piece; I found its strength to be in its simplicity, its execution and its ability to evoke response.

To me, it questions our expectations of what may occur after our mortal coil is extinguished. A thought process that originated at the dawn of humanity and has probably been our greatest source of conflict and contemplation. It is likely the reason for religion.

Ceramic Encouragement Award | $200 cash prize Carol Forster Gumnut Story

I was drawn to the detail and the fact that this process and experimentation is a work in progress.

I loved the tensions created in the contrasts of colour, shape and texture.

Locals Encouragement Award | $445 total prize value Ian Gunn Silenced

This work has narrative that is often repeated almost as often ignored. It references animals and species now lost to what could be largely described as progress. I loved its references to climate and the environment through its subtle mark making that could be describing currents of either wind or water. It refers to timelines and areas specific to some of those now extinct animals. It is a large scale work that thrusts this message onto the viewer and demands attention.

Roy Skinner Memorial Works on Paper Award Roy Skinner Memorial Works on Paper Award | $500 cash prize Kenneth Inwood The Pocket-Book

This work intrigues the viewer with the complexity of possibilities in the image. The confused look on the male figure and the almost dismissive look on the female figure coupled with the direction of the gaze of the child leads the viewer to speculate. There appears to be a number of situations happening that may or may not be related. I liked the composition of the work and the fact that the slightly blurred imagery and use of muted pastel colours added to the dreamy intrigue of the work.

People's Choice Award | $300

Lew Brennan

She Stole Erwin’s Jacket, Borrowed Leeroy’s Truck and Headed East


Thank you to Mike Mitchell for being the judge of this year's competition.

Mike is the Director of Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and has a long history of curating and presenting exhibitions around the world.

Mike has a strong commitment to visual arts education across all genres and strives to nurture emerging talent and promote Australian art and artists around the world. 



The Gympie Regional Gallery would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity and for supporting creativity and the arts in the Gympie region.

  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Budget Steel
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Gwyn Moore
  • Anne Skinner
  • Chroma
  • Creative Arts Gympie
  • Heinke Butt
  • Cooloola Potters Group
  • Sally and David Gartshore
  • Gold Town Framing
  • Kingstons Office National
  • Olive Hooper