Queensland Regional Art Awards 2017 now open for entries

Emerging and established artists in regional and remote Queensland are invited to enter to win a share of over $25,000 in prizes in the Queensland Regional Art Awards 2017.

Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the state’s identity. Artists this year are invited to explore the unique and iconic elements present in their own slices of Queensland.

Flying Arts Alliance Executive Officer, Kerryanne Farrer, says, “We are excited to see how artists interpret the theme this year. While some of the iconic features of regional and rural Queensland are well known, others are only clear when you’re a part of those tight-knit communities.”

There are a total of eight awards on offer this year, with cash prizes and residencies available totalling over $25,000. All entries that meet the criteria will be eligible for the Flying Arts ‘Art for Life’ Award of $10,000, be displayed in an online gallery for entry into the People’s Choice awards, and have the opportunity to be selected for a touring exhibition to visit Brisbane and regional centres in 2018.

Karen Stephens of Winton won last year’s top $10,000 prize with her artwork, Noogooraville. “To be the recipient of the generous Art for Life award and the recognition of my painting by people I respect reinforces that my voice as both a regional and remote artist is important no matter where I stand,” she says.

This year there is a brand new award category especially for artists located more than 300 kms from an urban centre. The Remote Artist Award offers a fully funded one week residency at McGregor Summer School (Jan 2018) valued at $2,500 thanks USQ Artworx.

The Queensland Regional Arts Awards is a hallmark event produced by Flying Arts Alliance – a highly regarded arts and cultural organisation that has made a significant contribution to Queensland’s cultural vibrancy with a vision of Art for Life.

For all entry information go to the Flying Arts website at flyingarts.org.au/whats-on/QRAA-2017, contact the Scheduled Program Lead on 3216 1322, or email:.

Entries close 5pm 17 July 2017.

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