Young Archie entries now open + Young Archie Workshops

Saturday, December 4, 2021


Young artists between the ages of five and 18 are encouraged to paint a portrait of someone special to them and submit an entry to the Cowra Young Archie Competition.

The Cowra Young Archie competition is part of the 2021 Archibald Prize Regional Tour that will be on display at Cowra Regional Art Gallery from Saturday 19 March until Sunday 1 May 2022.

The Young Archie competition is open to residents of the Cowra, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Orange, Weddin and Hilltops LGAs.

The finalists from each category will be displayed in the Cowra Library whilst other entries will be included in on online exhibition on the Gallery website.

Key Information:

Competition opens: Saturday 4 December 2021
Entries must be received by Friday 11 February 2022
Finalists will be displayed 11 March to 30 April 2022
Winners will be announced on Friday 18 March 2022

5-8 year olds
9-12 year olds
13-15 year olds
16-18 year olds

Prize: One winner from each category will receive $50 provided by the exhibition sponsor ANZ Bank

Information Packs:

Click the links to below to download.
Entry Form
Artwork Frame
Terms and Conditions

Summer School Holiday Workshops

Come to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery these school holidays for FREE Young Archie Portraiture Workshops. With guidance from Gallery staff, participants will create a portrait of a person who is special to them- someone who plays a significant role in their life. Finished artworks may be entered into the Young Archie competition, held in March-April, hosted by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery at the Cowra Library.

When: Every Thursday in January 10am-12pm (ages 5 to 12)
and every Thursday in January 1pm-3pm (ages 13-18)

Where: Nguluway Room next to the Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street Cowra

What to bring: A photo of someone special to you and a drink/snack. All other materials provided.

Limit of 10 participants per session.

Register now online: Click here to register for free

Central West Artist wins the prestigious Calleen Art Award 2021, a national acquisitive art prize for painting.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Claret Ash, Bathurst, 2021, oil on linen on plywood, 139 x 122cm

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 is Bathurst based artist Rachel Ellis with her painting Claret Ash, Bathurst. Through the support of The Calleen Trust the Calleen Art Award has increased in value and is now worth $25,000 in prize money.  The winning work will now become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.   

The announcement of the winner took place on Saturday 30 October with several of the finalists and their guests present.  A recording of the opening and announcement of the winner by the Award Judge, Mr Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator, Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as images of the 46 finalists works (selected from over 400 entries) is now available on the Gallery website.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 by art patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM to encourage originality, creativity and excellence in the visual arts and is now considered a signature art event in the central west region of NSW. The 46 artworks in the exhibition, selected from over 400 entries from around Australia, are visually compelling, thoughtful and challenging covering a diverse range of subjects and painting styles.

Judge’s comments

“What I found extraordinary about this (painting) is the sense of light and the sense of how light has imbued colour to create form within the work. The more you look into it, the more you realise how the artist has really worked up the surface, has painted up, has scraped back, has thought through the exact placement of all the components. It has this strong sense of place, a really strong sense of a lived experience. As you suspect from the way I’ve spoken about this painting and how strongly I responded to it, this is the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021”….. Wayne Tunicliffe (excerpt from the judge’s walk-through description of the winning work Claret Ash, Bathurst by Rachel Ellis)

Artist’s Statement

The shape of this Claret Ash, in Bathurst where I live, caught my eye. This tree, cut (hacked), to make way for powerlines, standing in balanced submission to the light which sustains it.  Rachel Ellis (catalogue statement)

When visiting the exhibition gallery visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite painting in the Calleen People’s Choice Award 2021 (non-acquisitive). The winning artist will be announced at the close of the exhibition and will be awarded $1,000, courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery trust fund.

The exhibition continues to 5 December 2021 at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street, Cowra. Open: Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm and Sun 2pm – 4pm. Admission free.   Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.      


For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email


Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the finalists for the Calleen Art Award 2021 worth $25,000 in prize money.

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize for painting in any style or subject. An entered artwork must be an original and unaided painting by the artist in any painting medium including oil paint, acrylic or watercolour. This year the Gallery received 407 entries by artists from across Australia and 46 finalists have been selected by the pre-selection panel of art professionals.

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and excellence in the visual arts and is a signature art event in the central west region of NSW. The selected artworks consist of a diverse range visually compelling, thoughtful and challenging paintings.

The winning work will join the Calleen Collection housed at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery and visitors to the Calleen Art Award exhibition (including online at the Gallery website) can vote in the People’s Choice Award. This is announced at the end of the exhibition. 


Susan Baird, NSW

Andrew Baylor, NSW

Deirdre Bean, NSW

Camelia Blitner, QLD

Yvonne Boag, NSW

René Bolten, NSW

Sally Browne, NSW

Penny Burnett, TAS

Genevieve Carroll, NSW

Jacob Cartelli, VIC

Carol Christie, NSW

Paul Connor, NSW

Daniela Cristallo, NSW

Katie Daniels, VIC

Mark Dober, VIC

Shannon Doyle, NSW

Rachel Ellis, NSW

Lynne Flemons, NSW

Oliver Fontany, NSW

Keith Fyfe, NSW

Kate Gorman, VIC

Leanne Harrison Davies, NSW

Michelle Henry, NSW

Col Jordan, WA

Naomi Lawler, NSW

Tania Mason, NSW

Samuel Massey, VIC

Lisa McKimmie, NSW

Agatha Ngakmik Morgan, NT

Polly Ngale, NT

Eleanor Noir, SA

Rebeccah Power, VIC

Amanda Penrose Hart, NSW

Hal Pratt, NSW

Anna Petyarre Price, NSW

John Reid, NSW

Michael Simms, NSW

PJ Smith, ACT

Allen Stephenson, NSW

Belinda Street, NSW

Neil Taylor, NSW

Dianne Tchumut, NSW

Wendy Teakel, NSW

Phil Went, NSW

Anita West, QLD

Louise Zhang, NSW


For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email

Now on at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, the “must-see” exhibition – Weapons for the soldier

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Weapons for the soldier: protecting country, culture and family is a major exhibition bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists who have made new work to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and country.

This ground-breaking project was initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Vincent Namatjira, Aaron Ken, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Anwar Young and Kamurin Young, with support from senior artists Willy Kaika Burton, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken, Peter Mungkuri, Mumu Mike Williams and Frank Young.

The title Weapons for the soldier has been used over the past 15 years by senior artist Kunmanara (Ray) Ken in his paintings of traditional weaponry. The exhibition honours the senior men of the APY Lands and their role in passing on knowledge to younger generations, while also making connections with their peers outside the Lands.

The artists from outside the APY Lands who have been invited by the Anangu artists to contribute to this exhibition have all explored similar themes in their art practices, including Australian histories of conflict and protest, of fighting to protect cultural traditions and the land, as well as the personal experience of the soldier.

APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker | Eric Barney | Willy Kaika Burton | Pepai Jangala Carroll Taylor Cooper | Sammy Dodd | Witjiti George | Rupert Jack | Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken | Kunmanara (Ray) Ken | Maruku Arts & Crafts | Hector Mitakiki | Junior Mitakiki | Kamarin Mitakiki | Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin | Peter Mungkuri | Vincent Namatjira | Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey | Keith Stevens | Derek Jungarrayi Thompson | Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya | Bernard Tjalkuri | Ginger Wikilyiri | Mick Wikilyiri | Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams | Anwar Young | Frank Young | Kamurin Young | Young men of Amata

Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah | Tony Albert | Brook Andrew | Lionel Bawden | George Gittoes | Shaun Gladwell | Jonathan Jones | Richard Lewer | Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden | Danie Mellor | Steaphan Paton | Ben Quilty | Reko Rennie | Greg Semu | Alex Seton

The exhibition is an opportunity to honour the distinct position of Indigenous people within Australia who have long fought to maintain cultural strength and pride.

Weapons for the soldier is a touring exhibition by the APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

This touring exhibition is supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program. The project has been supported by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Create NSW, Sutherland Shire Council, and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Exhibition dates at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery are 10 August to 20 October 2021.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794 Open: Tues to Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 2pm – 4pm – Admission free,
For more information and updates go to or facebook.


For additional media information about the exhibition contact Carrie Kibbler, Curator, Hazelhurst Arts Centre tel 0417494599 or for general enquires contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery tel 0429072282.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm
Admission Free Phone: 02 6340 2190
Email: www:
The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 opens at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ada Clark, co-winner of the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards Major Prize Award with her painting, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas
Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 Judge, Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Now on at the Cowra Regional Gallery is the wonderful regional art exhibition the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 showcasing 100 artworks by 61 artists based within a radius of 100 klms from Cowra. This includes artists from  Darby’s Falls, Millthorpe, Grenfell, Woodstock, Canowindra, Greenethorpe, Bathurst, Young, Koorawatha, Orange, Gooloogong, Newbridge, and Cowra.

The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards (LVBAA) was established as a stand alone exhibition project by the Cowra Art Group following over 20 years presenting exhibitions in association with the annual Festival of the Lachlan Valley (1986-1992) and the Cowra Festival of International Understanding.

The opening event including the announcement of the winners was broadcast online by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (this was due to COVID-19 restrictions) on Wednesday 19 May 5.30pm and can now be seen on the Gallery website. Cr Bill West Cowra Mayor launched the exhibition. He congratulated the Art Group and the participating artists as well as acknowledging the artistic talent in Cowra and the region

“Walking in here it is quite inspiring and amazing to look at the work, not only of the art and the talent we have in the region, but to have it showcased in such a way, the diversity and the quality is outstanding. I would hope that when people come and look at this exhibition they would understand and appreciate the talent and the quality of the artists we have in our region.” said Mayor Bill West.

The 2021 judge was Emma Collerton, Curator. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.  The judge selected  two co-winners of the Major prize and four highly commended.

“As you can see when you walk around the exhibition space there is so much diversity with the styles, the techniques, and the subject matter…. I had a very hard job, so I went to the committee and I said can I please choose two? And they said ok” said Emma Collerton.

List of winners and highly commended are:

TRISHA WALSH, Untitled, mixed media. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

ADA CLARK, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

Highly Commended:

LINDA CHANT, The Stems Fell Gently, drawing

ISABEL HARNDEN, Golden Hour, oil on canvas

WAYNE MILES, Flowers in a Glass Jar (after Olley), acrylic and enamel on plate glass

JOEL TONKS, Late Afternoon, Ophir, acrylic on canvas

This is a “must-see” exhibition and unique opportunity to enjoy the works of local talent from across the region. The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery to  12 June 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm and admission is free. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra 2794. For more information contact the Gallery administration on 63402190.


For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.