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Young artists encouraged to get creative for art prize

Bundaberg Art Prize
YOUNG TALENT: Bundaberg Art Prize is offering up a $1000 prize for the winner of their Emerging Artist section.

With the odds on their side, young artists are being encouraged to enter this year’s Bundaberg Art Prize and take home the first prize of $1000.

With less than a month left to enter the 2021 art competition, Bundaberg Art Prize president Phil Oakley said there was about a one-in-40 chance of winning $1000 in the emerging artist section, and he said there was still time to get creative.

“I’d like to give a shout out to younger people, as there is $1000 up for grabs in this section,” Phil said.

“There’s plenty of time to kick into action and get started on an artwork. There’s a one-in-40 chance to win.

“I know they all say, ‘I am not good enough’, but realistically it’s art and it could be anything that takes out the prize.”

Phil said entry numbers so far were on par with last year, which was a good sign that the annual event was going to be a success again.

Bundaberg Art Prize judge
Bundaberg Art Prize 2020 judge Tim Gruchy and Bundaberg Art Prize president Phil Oakley examining last year's entries before the opening.

Bundaberg Art Prize is a highlight on the local art calendar and draws artists from around Australia entering for a chance to win part of the $20,000 total prize money.

“We welcome any form of art,” Phil said.

“Whether it’s tapestry or a quilt through to video work and digital entries.

“It’s all part of art, and the idea is to get people thinking – what does it mean to me?

“Think outside the box, anything goes, and it may just have you walk away a winner.”

Phil said the Bundaberg Region was definitely growing as an art community, and he acknowledged Bundaberg Regional Council for the proactive support to the arts.

He also thanked this year’s sponsor of the Bundaberg Art Prize and said without their support the annual event wouldn’t be possible.

To find out all the section details, deadlines and how to enter click here.

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