Du Rietz Art Awards

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


People's Choice Award Voting

Voting is now open for the People's Choice Award. To vote online, click here to visit Council's facebook page or visit the Gympie Regional Gallery to place your vote in person. 

Voting closes on 23 August 2019.


2019 Winners

Winners of the inaugural Du Rietz Art Awards were recently announced in front of a packed crowd at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

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.

Below is the list of winners from this years Awards.


Award Name Artwork Name Artwork Image Judges Comments

Section 1 | 2D Award $6,000

Helena Jackson- Lloyd

Mack in the Yard

Image Credit: Mick Richards

A dynamic, full-throttle composition with the mid-section brilliantly rendered in paint, indicating a great sense of shape and form; the variety of painterly effects that do not lose sight of the subject. On the East Coast of Australia, the presence of transport is unmissable. The artist has worked in an expressive way as if personal experience was being identified. So as viewers we move forward and back from knowing it to be a Mack Truck but recognizing colour and texture that signify other narratives.

Section 2 | Budget Steel 3D Award $3,000 (Acquisitive) Meaghan Shelton Diving Helmet and Overlay

Image Credit: Duncan MacQueen

The two elements of this work are intended together to display difference. However, what is the stronger part is the overlay. It is so strong in its fragility; it could easily be the work itself with the fine line of thread leading back to the roll of copper wire. The wire could still be unravelling. The artist describes this component as a “crocheted sheath that takes the presence of a child’s garment floating”. It is this but it is more. As a child’s garment, it is a metaphor for a child or indeed an adult as a child. The crocheting makes us aware of human touch, but given the tearing of the form we think of misadventure. It is the trace of something else.
Bendigo Bank Locals Award | $3,000 Kym Barret Wrapped 1

Impressive use of layering and texture treatment of paint and wax media. The image can be viewed on a number of aesthetic levels; as landscape, as abstraction, as colourfield that is particularly Australian. The separation of framing prompts the viewer to see the “scene” as if through a window. A quiet work that rewards contemplation.

Bryan Moore Memorial Ceramic Award | $500 cash prize Dennis Forshaw Coral Connections

Image Credit: Cheryl McGannon

Beautiful, uplifted form with a visually engaging pattern and surface. Interior surprises with the contrasting colour glaze. A great deal of skill evident in the control of the medium. Lovely satin patina. Good form for the display of the glaze effects.

Ceramic Encouragement Award | $200 cash prize Kerrie Browning Social Souvenirs

A very bold piece that impresses by its fine detail and yet a depth of theme. The idea of flotsam and jetsam is represented here. Minutiae, isolated; it forces a closer look at things normally overlooked. Encouragement to continue, extend and develop this line of enquiry. The title encourages us to look beyond what we can see.

Locals Encouragement Award | $445 total prize value Kerrie Atkins Hut in the Woods

Image Credit: Leeroy Todd

This “experiment” deserves to be extended – the small “window” in the wood block transforms the piece with an illusion of distance and depth – a small world in the woods that delights us while referencing the block itself. Clever, delicate, well-painted and great design. Surprising – it takes you into a miniature world - it’s object-hood is like a talisman.

Roy Skinner Memorial Works on Paper Award Roy Skinner Memorial Works on Paper Award | $500 cash prize Jane Grealy Maria’s Garden: Spring Beans

Image Credit: Martin Barry

Meticulous and intensely concentrated use of media with complex effects of texture, distance and structure elements. An ambitious work in terms of scale, and subject matter that is both formal, homely and sensual.

People's Choice Award Lew Brennan Sunday Artist comment: Some of the best moments in observing architecture and culture come accidentally. A stop over for a weary traveller in a small town off the highway, an invitation to a long distant friend or relatives wedding…or funeral, or simply aimless wandering with no set direction. That’s the time when a walk around the unknown streetscape impacts the most, particularly on the morning of great reflection, the day after the event. ‘Sunday’ is that moment in life’s eclectic procession. A time to marvel at the unsung beauty of a town that has obviously been a place of great success and business as seen through the sandstone and the brick and the cedar and the pressed metal.


Round-Up interview with Meaghan Shelton

Imbil based artist Meaghan Shelton recently won the major 3D Award at the  inaugural Du Rietz Art Awards for her sculpture titled Diving Helmet and Overlay.


Tell us about yourself and your career as an artist?

I began art school formally in 1995 when I took a year off work to put a folio together to apply for the Associate Diploma of Fine Art/ Visual Art at RMIT. I then went on to a Bachelor of fine Art/ Visual Art majoring in painting at RMIT. Now I exhibit my works nationally and have since been awarded Master of Fine Art last year at QUT.


Explain the meaning behind your sculpture titled Diving Helmet and Overlay and what the inspiration behind its creation was?

My sculpture refers to the sense of a foreign habitat and means of survival. There is an echo of the helmet in the crochet sheath without support, but nevertheless with aesthetic substance and potential. The diving helmet as a symbol of survival offers the idea of finding a way. A way to meet one’s objectives, to do one’s work, to have a sense of purpose and exploration and still survive.


Is there any advice you would like to give aspiring artists who are beginning their journey as an artist?

Learn through observing those artists you truly admire, but find your authentic path, this is what makes you interesting as an artist. Don't posture. Anyone who’s opinion of your work is worthy will see right through the facade. Be obsessive about your practice and ignore those who cannot see the value in what you do. There are many pathways to being a successful artist in the world, so carve out your own. Learn from your mistakes and blow your trumpet when you have a win of any kind, and that doesn't refer to just prizes. Don't elbow others out of your way, there’s room for everyone but remain single minded and determined, don't be afraid to stand alone and believe in yourself. Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help.


Why do you think art is important to our community?

Art is important to our community because it teaches us that there is no singular way to look at and understand the world. Art gives us the opportunity to celebrate difference and difference is the spice of life. I am so grateful and proud to have the support of my community in its many facets and I hope my work brings joy and a deeper insight into human experience.

I am so grateful and proud to have the support of my community in its many facets and I hope my work brings joy and a deeper insight into human experience. Thankyou so much for the opportunity to speak a little about my practice.



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
  • CoolArts Gympie
  • Heinke Butt
  • Cooloola Potters Group
  • Sally and David Gartshore
  • Gold Town Framing
  • Kathy Burden Art Down Under Studio
  • Kingstons Office National
  • Olive Hooper


2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the Du Rietz Art Awards 2019 finalists as listed here.  

Information for finalists has been sent regarding delivery and other details.


Exhibition viewing | 24 July - 23 August 2019


The Gallery is located at 39 Nash Street, Gympie and open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Contact us on 1300 307 800 or email DRAA@gympie.qld.gov.au