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Major Prize winner at 1770 Art Prize, 2023!

Judged by QAGOMA's Tarragh Cunningham, Vanessa's painting Judith with the head of Holofernes won the $5000.00 major prize. 

Inspired by both personal experience and Artemesia Gentileschi's highly emotive version, this painting references the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, and has become the latest of many versions painted by artists throughout the centuries.

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Curator Vanessa Allegra with her install team, Woodgate Arts in Spring 2022 


Vanessa Allegra featured in Bundaberg Regional Gallery's Here + now exhibition 2022

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Grant awarded to teach 

Chosen as a subject for 'I am Woman' an exhibition by fine art photographer Sabrina Lauriston, 2022.
Photography. Bundaberg photographer Sabrina Lauriston presents solo exhibition for International Women’s Day (

Objects by Vanessa Allegra selected as Lethbridge 20,000 finalist, 2022

Masked solo exhibition MEC 2022

Overall Second Prize Winner, 1770 Art Show 2022

Troubled Heart selected as Brisbane Portrait Prize Salon des Refuses exhibition 2021

Courier Mail 2021: Local Artist Set to Sail World on Her Boat

Who We Once Were selected as Lethbridge 20,000 finalist 2021 (SOLD)

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'Us and Them' wins Christian Thomsen Award for Painting, 2018 (SOLD)

Major Prize Winner 1770 Art Show, 2019


The artist meeting with her 2017 Archibald Prize subject, world renowned climate scientist Prof. Tim Flannery


Vanessa Allegra's portrait of iconic grazier Rod Bettiens won Overall Major Prize, Mt Perry Fine Art Competition 2017 (SOLD)

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