Open Art

Open Art Exhibition 2019

Entries are now open for the 2019 Open Art Exhibition

There is a total prize pool of $10,000

This year we have a new $5,000 prize – the DAFA (Darlington Arts Festival Award)

There are four categories: Painting; Drawing, Mixed Media and Printmaking; Photography and Digital Art; and 3-Dimensional Art.

In each category there is a $1,000 first prize and $250 for highly commended.

From the whole body of work from the Open Art Exhibition in Darlington Hall, there will be an overall winner with the Darlington Arts Festival Award (DAFA) major prize of $5000

Please refer to the Entry form for number and size restrictions in each Category.

Entry Form

Open Art - things you need to know
Open Art entries for 2019 – Things you need to know

Open Art Exhibition 2018

Thank you to all of the visitors and the artists that took part in the 2018 Open Art Exhibition

Every year we are amazed by the diversity and the quality of the artwork.  Last year really was the best ever (according to feedback from visitors).

‘Fabulous artwork,  excellently curated’

Below are some of the winning artworks from 2018


1st  |  Dimity Gregson No 88  – Welcome Home

Winner | Open Art 2018 | Painting | Dimity Gregson – Welcome Home

Judges Comment:  The spontaneous circle in the square perfectly frames the complete simplicity of the flowers.


Highly commended  | Amanda Smith No 112 – Hound on Rug

Highly Commended | Open Art 2018 – Painting | Amanda Smith – Hound on Rug – Detail
Highly Commended | Open Art 2018 – Painting | Amanda Smith – Hound on Rug

Printmaking | Drawing

1st  |  Noreen Burrow No 58 – This Could Be Awkward

Image: Not provided.

Judges comment: The delicate simplicity of the drawing captures the unique Australian environment.


Highly commended |  Moira Court  – No 100 – The Crow and the Pitcher

Highly Commended | 2018 Open Art – Printmaking/Drawing | Moira Court – The Crow and the Pitcher

The Crow and The Pitcher (concertina artist’s book). Woodcut and lino print on Awagami bamboo paper with screen printed linen cover.


1st  |  Ron Dullard – No 31 – Madeleine Clear

Winner | 2018 Open Art  – Photography – Ron Dullard – Madeleine Clear

Judges comment:   A classic portrait photograph with great empathy for the subject.


Highly commended  |  Kevin Wilson No 32

The Bankers

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Highly Commended | Photography | Kevin Wilson – The Bankers


1st  |  Joanne Francis –  No 21 – Vessel Spanning the Isle

Basketry in all natural fibres

Winner | 2018 Open Art – 3D | Joanne Francis – Vessel Spanning the Isle

Judges comment:   Material from nature combined with hand weaving that intuitively connects the viewer.


Highly commended  |   Jane Button No 25 – Voyager (Image not provided)

Mixed media – drypoint etching, wood

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