Outback Archies 2017


The 2017 Outback Archies art prize and exhibition opened in style at the Outback Arts Gallery with over 60 locals and visitors attended with artists and supporters travelling from afar to celebrate the artistic talent of our communities.


1st prize: The Shearer by James Kearns

2nd prize: Shaped by Place No 2 by Lisa Wheeler


1st prize: Roadmap by Anna Kaineder

2nd prize: Golden neck by Prue Cullen


1st prize: Along the Way by Viki Murray

2nd prize: Droving along the Castlereagh by Mardi Remond


1st prize: Enduring River by Dianne Craig

2nd: Boobeng (emu caller)

Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist Award:

Cindy Brown Schuler of Lightning Ridge

Highly Commended:

Calamity Cup by Barbara Hawerkamp

The People’s Choice Award went to Mardi Remond for her work titled ‘Rory’.


Now in its seventh year, the Archies attracted entries from all over the region going as far west as Broken Hill and across to Moree. This popular exhibition and art prize is all about celebrating the colour, creativity and spirit of our communities across the Far West.

There were a total of 140 artworks entered across the four categories of Open Art (painting, etching, sketching, pastel), Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture, all exploring the theme of ‘Legends and Landscapes’. After completing the pre-selection process, the number of entries successful for exhibition was 65.

Outback Arts were excited to team up with a number of generous local sponsors as well as metro galleries to ramp up the prize packages this year. As well as cash, the winning artist of each category also received an exhibition with one of these Sydney based galleries. Campbelltown Arts Centre, Studio MV, Kerrie Lowe Gallery and Lane Cove Gallery all jumped on board to offer our regional artists the opportunity to extend their practice and profile.

Winning artworks were from across the whole far west region and the judges were highly impressed by the standard of works across all four categories.

Eliza Walters of Outback Arts said “We have watched the Outback Archies develop over a number of years and it just keeps on getting better and better. We have so much amazing talent in our communities and every year this exhibition provides regional, rural and remote artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a curated show. This year the imagination of artists has been really impressive, from the use of recycled materials, to digitally manipulated prints, to the most beautiful handmade paintings, and the most striking ceramic pieces. I am always astounded at how talented these local artists are! It was also interesting to see people’s different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities.”