Du Rietz Art Awards

Annual Gympie Regional Gallery art competition honoring the architect of the beautiful historical School of Arts building where the Gallery is housed.

The Du Rietz Art Awards are the premier art awards for the Gympie Region. Finalists are displayed throughout the Gallery and feature a range of 2D and 3D artworks.

Entries into the 2024 Du Rietz Art Awards have now closed. Finalist announcements coming soon.

Key Dates:

2024 Award Prize Money

2D Acquisitive Award $6,500

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2D Highly Commended $1,500

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3D Acquisitive Award $3,500

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Local’s Award $3,000

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Ceramic Award $1,000

Sponsored by Gwyn Moore, Gympie Regional Council and Cooloola Potters Group

People’s Choice Award $1,000


  • David and Sally Gartshore
  • Annette Reilly
  • Heinke Butt
  • Drs Calin and Mihaela Negru-Radu

Download our 2023 Winners

2023 Winners




2D Award

Meaghan Shelton
Oil, graphite, acrylic and polyurethane on Belgian linen

Judge’s comments:

“The simplicity of the composition of this work belies the technical skill of the artist. The satisfying grid layout holds beautifully executed optical illusions. The restrained palette is appealing as it gives each stone or seed the visual space to show off its unique detail.”




2D Highly Commended

Patricia Sheppard
Picnic on the Paroo

Judge’s comments:

“This famous vista at Paroo is given an interesting surrealist twist with the flash of pink. The artist’s choice to obscure the scenic view of the lake with the gnarled bare trees holds the viewer’s gaze and the application of paint provides texture and detail.”




3D Award

Yanni Van Zijl
Life’s a Journey

Judge’s comments:

“This piece is a clever combination of fluidity and movement while being constructed with a hard and inert material, has resulted in a beautiful sculpture that keeps the eye moving. The consistency of colour, size and shape is a remarkable achievement.”




Ceramic Award

Susan Lynch
A Sketch of the Last Convict
Wildclay (unfired)

Judge’s comments:

“This ephemeral work evokes the artists memories of her grandfather and his journey as a migrant. Although small, this humble piece draws the viewer in with its detail and unmistakeable sentiment reflecting on the mixed emotions of migration and family history.”




Local’s Award

Kurt Olsen
Jan’s Chair Under the Mountain

Judge’s comments:

“The artist’s clever restraint in his colour palette rewards viewers in this abstracted landscape. Bold brush strokes and smooth lines provide textural clues for what the view from Jan’s chair might be and results in a successful and interesting landscape.”

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People’s Choice Award

Helen Kajewski
Nature Calling … After the Flood


2023 Exhibition Album


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