Rush Art Competition Exhibition


Wed, 11 Oct – Sat, 28 Oct    |    Various Times


Gympie Regional Gallery, 39 Nash Street, Gympie



Free entry to the Gallery


Entries in the Rush Art Competition

Presented by

Gympie Regional Gallery

Phone: 07 5481 0733




This annual competition is a highlight on the Gallery calendar and features nine sections with over $10,000 prize money.

This year the Open Award for a painting with any subject or any medium attracts a $5000 cash prize sponsored by the Gympie Regional Council and the Friends of the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Local businesses, individuals and organisations sponsor the remaining sections.

The competition exhibition is on view from 11 – 28 October with the opening night on Wednesday 11 October, with doors opening at 6pm for 7pm start.

Check out the many Public Programs on while the competition is on view, including an Oil Painting Workshop with renowned Melbourne based artist Ross Paterson on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, Sketch Crawl on Sunday 28 October and Judges Discussion on Thursday 12 October.

Brief history of the Rush Art Competition

James Nash discovered gold in a creek subsidiary of the Mary River in 1867 and Gympie grew into a small prosperous town during the gold rush. The Rush Art Competition is celebrated every year during October Rush Festival.

The Rush Art Competition began in 1973 by the Cooloola Art Society for their members and artists with sections mainly for painting, drawing and works on paper.

In the early 1990s it was known at the Gold Rush Art Competition and held in the Gympie Town Hall. It moved to different locations around Gympie including the Civic Centre. The Cooloola Shire Public Gallery hosted the competition after it opened in 1998.

The few dedicated Cooloola Art Society members handed the competition over to the Gallery Regional Gallery in 2008.


Access: Please enter via the main front door of the Gallery

Opening hours: The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Seating: Limited seating is available.

Parking details: Limited parking is available behind the Gallery with additional parking available in Nash Street.

Disability access: Disability parking in the carpark at rear of building, ramp access via the side of the building, lift access to the first floor. Disability bathroom on the first floor adjacent the lift.

Entries Close: 15 September 2017

Entry forms and competition information can be found here.

» View the 2016 competition winners and image gallery.





If you are interested in becoming a partner or friend of Rush Festival please get in touch for more info

Email :

Phone : 1300 307 800

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