John Leslie Art Prize

Medium / category: Painting

Eligibility: Any artist living and working in Australia

Associated institution: Gippsland Art Gallery

Inaugurated in 2000, the Prize is named after John Leslie OBE (1919—2016), Patron of the Gippsland Art Gallery. The continuation of the Prize is made possible by the generous ongoing support of the John Leslie Foundation. The John Leslie Art Prize is open to any artist living and working in Australia. Entrants may submit up to two entries. Entries must be paintings in any medium, and must not exceed 200 x 250cm (including frame) each. The theme of the Prize is ‘landscape’, which may be interpreted in any way. In addition to the John Leslie Art Prize, there is a non-acquisitive ‘Best Gippsland Work’. To be eligible for ‘Best Gippsland Work’ entrants must live or work within the Gippsland region defined by the borders of Wellington, Latrobe, East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Baw Baw Shire Councils.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Sarah Tomasetti, Kailash from the Air, 2019

Winner: John Leslie Art Prize

The Different Award Categories

Prizes include the John Leslie $20,000 Acquisitive Prize as well as a $1,000 non-acquisitive prize for the ‘Best Gippsland Work’.

Information up to date from June 14 2023