Creatives of the region are being encouraged to submit their art to the Bundaberg Art Prize 2022 competition.
After the huge success of last year, event organiser Phil Oakley said he was thrilled to host the competition and expected plenty of entries.
“We sold over 60 artworks, which was 1 in 7 of the entries totalling $35,000 in sales last year, showing that there is very strong support for the arts in Bundaberg,” Phil said.
The format of this year's competition remains unchanged with four sections open for entries.
Bundaberg Art Prize 2022 sections include:
- Easel Works
- Works on Paper
- 3D Works
- Digital Media
These categories cover everything from paintings and drawings, to sculptures and ceramics to photography, digital drawings and short digital films; so all visual art forms are eligible.
Phil said with over $20,000 in prize money, including $10,000 overall first prize and $1000 going to the best young emerging artist aged under 25, there was sure to be plenty of interest.
“We're expecting to see the best of the best from our region's artists, with a spattering of artworks from some Brisbane based artists and a few interstate entries, with around 400 artworks in total,” he said.
“From past experience artworks will range from traditional landscapes, scenes and portraits, moving into the semi abstract to pure abstract, in a variety of mediums including watercolours, drawings, pastels, acrylics, oils and collage.
“In the 3D section we're expecting both large and small pieces in a variety of mediums including ceramics, steel sculptures and wood works.
“In the Digital Media category, traditional photography alongside digital drawings and short digital videos will be showcased.”
Phil said the Bundaberg Art Prize 2022 entries would be presented to the community while judging is announced.
“Our judge this year is Dr Maryanne Coutts who, as well as being an award winning artist in her own right, is Head of Drawing at the National Art School,” he said.
“She also appeared as one of the main presenters in an ABC TV series called “Life Drawing Live” alongside Rove McManus and Wendy Sharpe.”
Phil said the Bundaberg Art Prize 2022 competition would be held at the old Hyundai and BMG dealerships in Bourbong Street.
He said artists had until the end of the week to get in their creative pieces.
“We have extended the closing date for entries by two days to midnight on Sunday 4th September,” he said.
“Entries can be submitted online at bundabergartprize.com.au, although artworks don't need to be delivered to the venue until Sunday 11th September.”
The Opening Night and Awards Presentation is being held on Friday 16 September, which last year attracted over 200 people.
The event provides the opportunity for art lovers to mingle with some of the artists and purchase artworks while having some food and drinks.
Tickets are on sale through eventbrite.
With the exhibition open to the general public for two weeks, from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 2 October, there is set to be an eclectic range of artworks to view, showcasing the best of the region's creative talent and with all artworks for sale.
You can find out more about the Bundaberg Art Prize 2022 here.
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