Throughout the festival’s history, many known artists have painted dunny doors for our auction with approximately 70 doors auctioned off, raising over $70,000 for charity to date.

The original idea came in 1975 by the late Peter Evert from a discovery of an old outhouse door in the Cairns area with a painting of U.S. General McCarthur on the back of the door painted during WWII.

As a tribute to Peter Evert, the festival committee introduced in 2023 the ‘Peter Evert Memorial Dunny Door Art Competition’. On Friday 22nd September after the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby we auctioned off the doors, raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Eligibility: Open entry, FREE to enter.

Painting Theme:  The theme of the painting is ‘’The Dunny’’. The painting should captivate fun and humour, bordering on Cartoon/Comical – near the knuckle but not crude.

Artwork Specifications: The specifications of the ‘’Dunny Door’’ 760mm (w) x 1,500mm (h). Paintings need to be painted on a piece of Masonite/Board.

Process of Selection: Artists must submit one visual of the planned artwork (max file size 256MB, jpeg format) and include name of the artist and title of the work for judging via the application.

Entries must be received no later than 21st July 2023.
Successful applicants will be notified by 28th July 2023.
Selected doors will be displayed during the 2023 Outback Festival from 19th – 23rd September.

Judging: Entries will be judged by professional artists only. The decision of the judges(s) are entirely their own, and are final.

Delivery of Work: It is the responsibility of the selected finalists to have their submission delivered to the Outback Festival 60 Oondooroo Street Winton Q 4735, no later than 1st September 2023. Greyhound Coach, Followmont Transport, Winton Express, Toll travel to Winton weekly. Outback Festival Committee will not be responsible for any loss or late entries that occur in transit. While the artworks are in the possession and control of the Outback Festival all care will be taken for the artworks during the exhibition and storage time frames. The final artworks will be exhibited online, during the Festival and at the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby Friday 22nd September 2023.  

Sale of Work: Selected submissions will be auctioned at the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby Friday 22nd September.

  • The artist will receive 50% of what their artwork is sold at auction for.
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section) will be the beneficiary of the remaining 50%.

Media: Entrants’ names may be used in media communications (radio interviews, newspaper articles, social media etc.) Entrants may be asked to undertake radio interviews. If an entrant wishes to remain anonymous this request should be noted via email application.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please email us: [email protected]

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