Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival

Art Competition


  • Paint: Oil, Watercolour and acrylic.
  • Works on Paper: Pastels, pencil and ink.
  • Mixed Media: More than one medium or material has been used
  • Photography
  • 3D: Sculpture, pottery, jewelry, felting and other art forms that are not attached to a board, canvas or paper.
  • First Time Entry: An extra award across all open categories.
  • Youth (High School): Any media of choice.
  • Youth (Primary School): Any media of choice.

Art Entry Conditions

  1. Entries close at 5pm on Friday the 19th of August.
  2. Artwork will be received at the Boonah and District Cultural Centre from 9am – 4pm Tuesday 30 August. Artwork outside this time cannot be accepted.
  3. Each work must be clearly marked on the back with name of the artist, title of work, category and selling price (if applicable).
  4. Each Work must be ready for hanging using D hangers or steel wire, except Youth Primary School where paper entries are accepted.
  5. Artwork must be collected from the Boonah Cultural Centre between 9am – 1pm on Tuesday 13 September or collected on the night of 10th September.  
  6. First Time Entry – this is an extra award to encourage those that are entering for the first time in any Art Competition (ie does not include Country Shows etc). Please also indicate in the description what open competition you are entering ie Paint, Mixed Media.  For example you can enter a Paint entry as a First Time Entry, your entry will be judged as a normal Paint entry but will be eligible for a First Time Entry Award.  This award is judged across all First Time Entry pieces within all Open Categories together.
  7. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries may be refused if deemed unsuitable or inappropriate.
  8. Entrants give permission for their work to be photographed for publicity.
  9. Entries must be the original and sole work of the artist and have been completed within the last 12 months.
  10. It is optional for artwork to be sold there is a 10% commission fee on all sales except Youth where no commission is charged.
  11. People’s Choice Award – Raffle tickets will be sold during the exhibition.  Each person buying a ticket will get one entry into the People’s Choice Award.
  12. It is the judge’s prerogative to award a prize or not in any category.  2nd prize will only be awarded where there are 4 or more entries in one category.
  13. Paint is open to Oils, Watercolours and Acrylics.
  14. Works on Paper includes pastels, pencil and ink.
  15. 3D includes sculpture, pottery, jewelry, felting and other art forms that are not attached to a board, canvas or paper.  Otherwise enter Mixed Media.
  16. Youth Categories may use any media of choice.
  17. While all care will be taken with entries, the organisers cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage incurred before, during and after the Festival. 


  • General categories 1st $500, 2nd $250   
  • First Time Entry, two prizes of $100 
  • Youth (High School) 1st $100, 2nd $75      
  • Youth (Primary School) 1st $60, 2nd $30
  • People’s Choice $200 

Entry Fees

All open entries $20, Foundation Members $10, Youth entries free

  Prizes will be presented on the night of the Fashion & Festival Awards at the Cultural Centre on Saturday 10 September at 7pm.

Reminder – Art Entries Drop Off & Collection

Artwork must be delivered to Boonah Cultural Centre 9am – 4pm on Tuesday 30st August.  Late artwork will not be accepted.  Alternative arrangements can be made before this date for special circumstances by emailing artsfestival@boonahculturalfoundation.org.au

Artwork must be collected from the Boonah Cultural Centre 9am – 1pm on Tuesday 13 September or can be collected on the night of Saturday 10th September after the Awards Ceremony.
The Foundation has no storage facilities for uncollected works.


The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival is about promoting the cultural heart of the community. It gives everyone an opportunity to display their talent in the art, writing, and fashion competitions, or on stage in lively and entertaining shows.


Get involved: onstage, backstage, social media, logistics, clerical, or general help. Make friends and contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of the community. It’s lots of fun.

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