Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Competition Overview 

Artists from across Queensland will showcase their extraordinary talents in the Painting and Drawing Competition presented by Spotlight.

Judging will now be conducted over two rounds. In preparation for the first round of judging, exhibitors must upload a photo of their exhibit/s online. After the first round of judging, a selection of exhibits will be invited to be hung at the Ekka, and eligible for the final round of judging. All entries in Class 7 - Mouth & Foot Painters Only - will be hung and judged in the final round. 

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists. There is a class for every style, from Native Australian Wildlife Flora and Fauna, Traditional Watercolour and Indigenous Art to Drawing, Still Life and Mouth and Foot Painters.   

In 2021, the competition will have an exciting new home with the Spotlight Arts & Cookery precinct moving upstairs in the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC). This will allow for easier drop-off and pick-up for exhibitors via the Royal ICC loading dock.  

For information on delivery and collection dates, times and location, please read the Important Exhibitor Information.

We welcome Spotlight as presenter of the Arts and Cookery competitions. All Champions and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters will receive a Spotlight voucher. 


Please note, we will only be accepting online competition entries for the 2021 Ekka. If you need assistance, please contact Competition and Events Coordinator Frances Maguire on 07 3253 5145.

Important Dates
13 June 2021
Final day to upload photo/s & dimensions exhibit/s
20 June 2021
First round of judging (by photo)
22 June 2021
Exhibitors notified if their exhibit/s are eligible for hanging & exhibit labels emailed
31 July 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Delivery of invited exhibits (day 1)
01 August 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Delivery of invited exhibits (day 2)
04 August 2021
Final round of judging
16 August 2021 10:00 - 18:00
Collection of exhibits (day 1)
17 August 2021 08:00 - 12:00
Collection of exhibits (day 2)
Contact Competition Coordinator
Phone: 07 3253 3900