Rush Art Competition

This annual competition is a highlight on the Gallery calendar and features nine sections with over $10,000 prize money.

This year the Open Award for a painting with any subject or any medium attracts a $5000 cash prize sponsored by the Gympie Regional Council and the Friends of the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Local businesses, individuals and organisations sponsor the remaining sections.

The competition exhibition is on view from 11 – 28 October with the opening night on Wednesday 11 October, with doors opening at 6pm for 7pm start.

Check out the many Public Programs on while the competition is on view, including an Oil Painting Workshop with renowned Melbourne based artist Ross Paterson on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, Sketch Crawl on Sunday 28 October and Judges Discussion on Thursday 12 October.

Entry forms and competition information can be found here.

» View the 2016 competition winners and image gallery.

Brief history of the Rush Art Competition

2015 Open Award winning entry Evening Skies by Ken Gailer

James Nash discovered gold in a creek subsidiary of the Mary River in 1867 and Gympie grew into a small prosperous town during the gold rush. The Rush Art Competition is celebrated every year during October Rush Festival.

The Rush Art Competition began in 1973 by the Cooloola Art Society for their members and artists with sections mainly for painting, drawing and works on paper.

In the early 1990s it was known at the Gold Rush Art Competition and held in the Gympie Town Hall. It moved to different locations around Gympie including the Civic Centre. The Cooloola Shire Public Gallery hosted the competition after it opened in 1998.

The few dedicated Cooloola Art Society members handed the competition over to the Gallery Regional Gallery in 2008.