Tim Burns Sacred rocks Gwambygine 2019 acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA

PERTH ROYAL ART PRIZE CROWNS 2019 WINNER  ​

Out of 52 WA finalists, Tim Burns of York, WA was awarded the sought after 2019 Perth Royal Art Prize for his painting, Sacred rocks Gwambygine.

Burns took away the $20,000 first prize and the prestigious title of the 2019 Perth Royal Art Prize for Landscape at the official opening at Claremont showgrounds on Monday evening. Burns, an internationally reknowned artist, commented, “ I am thrilled, this was not expected and it is outrageous good news for me. ”

This year the judging panel was comprised of several highly renowned art professionals; including Adam Derums – WA artist; Visual Arts Teacher, Guildford Grammar School; and Dr Sally Quin – Curator, The University of Western Australia Art Collection. ​

Sandra Murray, Art Curator for the Royal Agricultural Society and Perth Royal Art Prize Judge noted, “The winning artwork is a highly accomplished, mature painting in which the landscape is imbued with a powerful presence. Overall the diverse collection of responses to the landscape , both built and natural, makes this a confident, outstanding array of Western Australian art. The calibre of the Prize has risen again in its third year and it has become a coveted exhibition to be selected for”. ​

52 finalists were chosen from 253 entries, with two Highly Commended artworks awarded for their excellence: Doreen Chapman (of Warralong, south-east of Port Hedland) for her acrylic on canvas work Untitled and Di Cubitt (of Perth)  for her oil and gesso painting Frankland riverscape.  ​

The Perth Royal Art Prize exhibition is specially open for free public viewing from 24 September – 26 September from 6pm to 8pm, then during the 2019 Perth Royal Show, 28 September to 5 October, from 9am to 8pm. General Show admission prices apply during the 2019 Perth Royal Show. ​

2019 Perth Royal Art Prize Finalists: Jacinda Bayne; Philip Berry; Belinda Birchall; Tim Burns; Doreen Chapman; Di Cubitt; Jo Darvall; Stuart Elliott; Caspar Fairhall; Robert Gear; Kay Gibson; Dianne Golding; Yusef Hourani; Susan Hoy; Bec Inwood; Bec Juniper; Kris Keen; Rohin Kickett; Hiroshi Kobayashi; Waldemar Kolbusz; Hee  Lee; Sue Leeming; Nicole Leuchter; Suzanne Logue; Camilla Loveridge; Louise Malarvie; Elisa Markes-Young; Susan Marwick; Minaxi May; Matthew McAlpine; Matthew McVeigh; Harvey Mullen; Lesley Munro; Lori Pensini; Denise Pepper; Rusty Peters; Annette Peterson; Ross Potter; Andy Quilty; Elizabeth E Riley; Jennifer Sadler; Winnie Sampi; Ben Sherar; Bruce & Nicole Slatter; Alex Spremberg; Angela Stewart; Sally Stoneman; Jonathan Tarry; Alastair Taylor; Wade Taylor; Sioux Tempestt; Geoffrey Wake. ​

The prize winners and the Curator are available for interview. Additional images provided on request. ​


Information for editors: The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) is a not-for-profit, apolitical organisation based in Perth, WA. RASWA’s role is to promote the significance of rural Western Australia and the state’s primary industries. RASWA is also responsible for the organisation and management of Western Australia’s largest annual community event, the Perth Royal Show and the prestigious Perth Royal Food Awards.

For more information, visit www.raswa.org.au, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact: Robert Davies – Public Relations and Communications (08) 6263 3104 / robert.davies@raswa.org.au ​


Shortlist revealed for WA’s top landscape prize

52 of Western Australia’s best landscape artists have been shortlisted for the $23,500 Perth Royal Art Prize.

The prize – one of the largest in WA – attracts entries in a broad spectrum of styles and mediums, with the mission of promoting the high standard of artistic talent within the state.

This year’s shortlist includes well-known artists from across urban and rural WA, each who bring their own perspective on the theme of landscape. Robert Gear, Susan Hoy, Sue Leeming, Waldemar Kolbusz, Bruce Slatter, Alastair Taylor and Wade Taylor will all be exhibiting for a record third consecutive time, continuing an impressive run of success.  Other notable artists include  Angela Stewart, Jonathan Tarry, and a number of Aboriginal artists including Doreen Chapman and Rusty Peters.

Sandra Murray, Curator of the Perth Royal Art Prize, said: “Once again, the selection panel have been greatly impressed, not only by the standard of the works submitted for consideration, but by the variety in mediums and interpretations which we believe will present a truly engaging exhibition for visitors.

“We are privileged to have such significant participation from the WA art community and we look forward to presenting an exhibition of exceptional art to the public.”

First awarded in 1974, the prize is open to both established and emerging artists, with the rare opportunity for artists to have their work on public display during the Royal Perth Show in September this year.

The Perth Royal Art Prize offers a unique opportunity for artists being the only art prize in the state dedicated to landscape. The theme was introduced in 2017 and the exhibition is of importance to the art community in providing an unmatched annual show of new, contemporary art which supports Western Australian artists on a nationally significant platform.

The winners will be announced on Monday 23 September 2019 with this years’ judging panel comprising Adam Derums (WA artist and Visual Arts Teacher, Guildford Grammar School); RASWA Art Curator Sandra Murray (Royal Agricultural Society of WA Art Curator); and Dr Sally Quin (Curator, The University of Western Australia Art Collection).

The Perth Royal Art Prize exhibition will be open for public viewing from 24 September – 26 September from 6pm to 8pm (admission free), and during the 2019 Perth Royal Show, Saturday 28 September to Saturday 5 October 2018, from 9am to 8pm. General Show admission prices apply during the 2019 Perth Royal Show.

2019 Perth Royal Art Prize Finalists: Jacinda Bayne; Philip Berry; Belinda Birchall; Tim Burns; Doreen Chapman; Di Cubitt; Jo Darvall; Stuart Elliott; Caspar Fairhall; Robert Gear; Kay Gibson; Dianne Golding; Yusef Hourani; Susan Hoy; Bec Inwood; Bec Juniper; Kris Keen; Rohin Kickett; Hiroshi Kobayashi; Waldemar Kolbusz; Hee Lee; Sue Leeming; Nicole Leuchter; Suzanne Logue; Camilla Loveridge; Louise Malarvie; Elisa Markes-Young; Susan Marwick; Minaxi May; Matthew McAlpine; Matthew McVeigh; Harvey Mullen; Lesley Munro; Lori Pensini; Denise  Pepper; Rusty Peters; Annette Peterson; Ross Potter; Andy Quilty; Elizabeth E Riley; Jennifer Sadler; Winnie Sampi; Ben Sherar; Bruce & Nicole Slatter; Alex Spremberg; Angela Stewart; Sally Stoneman; Jonathan Tarry; Alastair Taylor; Wade Taylor; Sioux Tempestt; Geoffrey Wake

Both the featured artists and the curator of the Perth Royal Art Prize are available for interview. Images – including those of the artists’ work, may be provided on request.


Information for editors: The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) is a not-for-profit, apolitical organisation based in Perth, WA. RASWA’s role is to promote the significance of rural Western Australia and the state’s primary industries.

RASWA is also responsible for the organisation and management of Western Australia’s largest annual community event, the Perth Royal Show and the prestigious Perth Royal Food Awards.

For more information, visit www.raswa.org.au, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact: Robert Davies – Public Relations and Communications

(08) 6263 3104 / robert.davies@raswa.org.au


Entries Open for $23,500 Perth Royal Art Prize

The 2019 Perth Royal Art Prize – one of the most prestigious art competitions in Western Australia – is now open for entries.

The prize for landscape attracts entries in a broad spectrum of styles and mediums from artists across urban and rural WA with the mission of promoting the rich pool of artistic talent within the state. The prize, first awarded in 1974, is open to both established and emerging artists, with the rare opportunity for artists to see their work on public display during the Royal Perth Show in September this year.

Sandra Murray, Art Curator for the Perth Royal Art Prize, said: “The Perth Royal Art Prize offers a unique opportunity for artists, as it is the only art prize in the state dedicated to landscape.

“The exhibition is of great importance to the art community in providing an unmatched annual show of new, contemporary art, supporting Western Australian artists on a nationally significant platform.”

The Perth Royal Art Prize has seen a significant rise in entries in recent years as artists compete not only for the significant cash prize, but for the prestige of being chosen as a finalist, opportunity to establish new contacts and find new markets for their work by securing a place at one of the highest attended exhibitions in the state.

The addition of the ‘Salon’ in 2018 – a space dedicated to those works which missed out on selection for the official exhibition – created an even greater opportunity for artists to get their work in front of the general public and increase their exposure. The Salon will return for 2019.

Penny Coss, who won the prize in 2018, encourages artists to enter: “I’d known about the Perth Royal Art Prize for a few years, but last year was my first time entering. I had a piece that I thought was particularly special and it was wonderful to win among such a high standard of art and artists.

“There are very few exhibitions in WA that have such broad appeal. Being part of the Perth Royal Show means that people who might usually never contemplate visiting an art gallery, or might find the idea intimidating, get a chance to see some of the best landscape works in the state, all on display, in one place. I think it’s of real benefit to artists and the public alike.

“The prize money itself has been an enormous help. I had been contemplating giving up my studio because of the cost but the Perth Royal Art Prize allowed me to keep it and pay my expenses for two years.”

Entries for 2019 will close on 7 July with winners to be announced on 23 September. For more details, visit  https://entries.perthroyalshow.com.au.

The Perth Royal Art Prize exhibition will be open for public viewing from 24 September – 26 September from 6pm to 8pm (admission free), and during the 2019 Perth Royal Show, Saturday 28 September to Saturday 5 October 2018, from 9am to 8pm. General Show admission prices apply during the 2019 Perth Royal Show.

Further Details:

  • First Prize: $20,000 (Non-acquisitive)
  • Highly Commended (Two Prizes) – Each Prize: $1500 Domestic Transport Art Voucher Sponsored by IAS Fine Art Logistics
  • People’s Choice Award: $500

Information for editors: The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) is a not-for-profit, apolitical organisation based in Perth, WA. RASWA’s role is to promote the significance of rural Western Australia and the state’s primary industries.

RASWA is also responsible for the organisation and management of Western Australia’s largest annual community event, the Perth Royal Show and the prestigious Perth Royal Food Awards.

For more information, visit www.raswa.org.au, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact: Robert Davies – Public Relations and Communications

(08) 6263 3104 / robert.davies@raswa.org.au