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22 May, 2021

A capacity crowd of 300 attended the opening night of Art Unlimited at Dunedoo on Friday to applaud the winners and admire the 330 entries from artists, photographers and ceramicists from every State in Australia. As usual there was plenty of spirited discussion about the judges’ choices. What art competition doesn’t attract a bit of controversy? But everyone present agreed that it was a memorable night and a wonderful chance for people to get back together in an atmosphere of conviviality and creativity.

Guests were welcomed by Dunedoo Lions Club President, Dale Hogden, before Nick Lowther from ABC Western Plains took to the stage of Dunedoo Central School Hall. Nick did his usual great job as MC and announced the winners of seven prizes totalling $11,000. After acknowledging the contribution of the school’s food technology students who made and served delicious finger food, he introduced Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, to officially open the exhibition.


Mark Coulton paid tribute to the many volunteers and Lions Club members who each year make the event possible. He praised the quality of the works on show and expressed admiration for the way they were presented. This was his first experience of Art Unlimited and he said it would leave a lasting impression.



Peabody Wilpinjong Prize for Hanging Art –

Winner: Eleanor Anson (Cardiff Heights) “Aftermath”

Highly Commended: Chris Kunko (Gilgandra) “Your Bubbly Essence Left Me Screaming”; Kim Harding (Ilford) “Banksia and Found Objects”; Harriet Taylor (Wellington) “My Grandfather”


ib vogt Prize for Photography –

Winner: Andrew Davis (Muswellbrook) “Pacific”

Highly Commended: Rowena Galway (Dubbo) “Beauty”; Denelle Adams (Dubbo) “Juxtapose 1, 2 and 3”; Tim White (Mudgee) “Trudge and Roses”


Art Unlimited Ceramics Prize –

Winner: John Tuckwell (Bellingen) “We Stopped the Clouds”

Highly Commended: Greg Daly (Cowra) “Dappled Light”; Susie McMeekin (Katoomba) “Large Serving Bowl”; Owen Rye (Boolarra) “The Blues”


Orana Arts Prize – Greg Daly (Cowra) “Dappled Light”

ABC Western Plains Prize – Gil Pedrana (Dubbo) “Riverbank Frank”

Janace Holmes Family Memorial Prize – Glen Southwood (Orange) “Sunset”

Deutscher Packing Room Prize – Christine O’Leary (Elong Elong) “Busy”

The Dunedoo Rural Hardware People’s Choice Prize will be announced at the end of the exhibition on 30 May.


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Media contacts: Penny Stevens (02) 63751540; Marianne Deutscher 0402 404 352


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May 10, 2021

Like so many events, Art Unlimited 2020 was a casualty of Covid 19. The cancellation of the exhibition was disappointing but unavoidable. However there has been a silver lining to what has been a challenging year for everyone, particularly those in the arts world. The imposed quiet time that many artists, photographers and ceramicists have been able to spend working at their practice has produced positive and exciting results.

An impressive 333 entries from every state in Australia testify to the important role that events like Art Unlimited play. For entrants it offers an opportunity to pursue excellence and have their work exposed to a significant audience. For audiences who attend the exhibition it provides inspiration, enrichment and pleasure. For the community of Dunedoo it brings a sense of pride in an event of quality, style and imagination that demonstrates the vision, commitment and co-operation of the team of volunteers involved.


Art Unlimited Weekend Workshop with Jude Flemming

February 3, 2021

The Australian landscape has provided the inspiration for artists from earliest days, offering a rich source of subject matter that speaks with a unique voice.With this in mind, The Language of Landscape is the title that has been chosen for a stimulating weekend art workshop to be conducted at Art Unlimited in Dunedoo on 23rd and 24th May.
Led by respected artist and tutor Jude Fleming, the workshop will explore sensory responses to the landscape and demonstrate how these perceptions can be translated into expressive pieces of art.

Jude Fleming’s own profound love of the Australian landscape and her impressive body of work that reflects that makes her eminently qualified to lead this workshop. She has shared her practice and studio with students in weekly classes for more than 30 years and has conducted regional, interstate and international workshops. Her art has been exhibited at regional and metropolitan galleries and she has been a successful and popular exhibitor at Art Unlimited each year for the past decade.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Jude works mostly on paper, making acrylic paintings, collages, mixed media pieces and artist books.
“Even at its harshest, the Australian bush has infiltrated my soul. It speaks of ancient knowledge and its unique flora and fauna offer strong appeal”, she says. “The workshop will take a very sensory approach to landscape art works because it’s through our senses that we experience the world. It will reflect our personal response to the land and natural environment”.

The Language of Landscape will focus on the local landscape with both en plein air and studio work. On both days Jude will lead participants outdoors to make visual notes and drawings. The afternoons will be spent fleshing out the drawings with paint to create works that pay homage to the landscape. The workshop will be suitable for all levels of art making experience.


Cost of the workshop is $285 which includes lunch both days at the Art Unlimited exhibition. Bookings can be made via the Art Unlimited website:
Places are limited so early booking is advised.


Further information: Penny Stevens (02) 63751540; Marianne Deutscher 0402 404 352 

Australia Honor for Art Unlimited

January 31, 2019

Art Unlimited, Dunedoo’s annual art exhibition and competition, was declared Warrumbungle Shire’s Community Event of the Year at an Australia Day Awards presentation held in Dunedoo on January 26th.
Warrumbungle Shire councillor Wendy Hill announced the award to a capacity audience at Dunedoo Sports Club, acknowledging the Shire’s recognition of the significant contribution the event has made to the Dunedoo district.

Since it was launched in 2008, Art Unlimited has achieved a reputation as one of regional Australia’s most acclaimed arts events. Presented by Dunedoo Lions Club and held at Dunedoo Central School hall, the event each year attracts around 400 entries from around Australia, bringing hundreds of visitors to the town over 10 days in May. It offers over $10,000 in prize money, funded by sponsorship contributed by local businesses and individuals. Its importance to the Dunedoo community has been recognised by three Government grants to assist with infrastructure, including professional hanging and lighting systems.


Art Unlimited has been recognised in the NSW State parliament as an example to other small rural communities in a member’s statement made by Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries.Accepting the award, Art Unlimited committee chairman Ron Gallagher said: “I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of the Art Unlimited committee, the Dunedoo Lions Club and the dedicated team of volunteers who make the event happen. We launched Art Unlimited 10 years ago to give a small town a taste of the cultural stimulation you can get in a big town. It’s now one of the most looked-forward-to regional art shows in the State. It has brought new pride to the people of Dunedoo, new opportunities for the art community, and a new reason for art lovers across the country to visit our region. Thank you Warrumbungle Shire for this honour on Australia Day.”

Art Unlimited 2019 will be held in Dunedoo from 17th to 26th May. It is open to entries from artists, photographers and ceramicists aged 18 years and over. Further information and entry forms can be obtained from the Art Unlimited website:


Contacts: Penny Stevens Phone 02 637551540; Marianne Deutscher 0402 404 352