Rose Rigley, Winner of the 2015 Queensland Regional Art Awards
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The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul De Jersey AC
“These art works will lift the spirits of our fellow Queenslanders at a time when that need remains great in many places.
More broadly, the exhibition highlights creative responses to the experience of living in our State in the 21st century that are both distinctive to regional Queensland, yet strike a universal chord.
It is vital to both artists and audiences that these distinctive regional talents and perspectives continue to enrich our State’s visual arts landscape.”
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Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply and Member for Yeerongpilly representing Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
“Regional Queensland is home to many outstanding individual artists and companies.
Celebrating these artists, their achievements, their excellence and the key role they play in the creativity and vibrancy of their local communities is vital.
I commend Flying Arts Alliance, in recognition of their 45th anniversary, for this fantastic initiative and the company’s ongoing commitment to fostering the growth and professional development of regional art and artists.
In particular thanks for providing some of our most promising Queensland artists with the chance to take part in a curated, touring exhibition.
Your success is a testament to the significant role you play in the success of the state’s arts sector.”
Jan Manton, Exhibition Curator
“It was a great privilege to be asked to curate this show and although daunting in some respects, it was also rewarding to have the opportunity to put together a snap shot of contemporary art from around the regions.
Not having a theme, has allowed artists to respond to what is immediate and important to them. The amazing thing is, as an audience, we get it.
That we are not all from the same community, region, area or locale, doesn’t preclude us from appreciating what we are viewing.
In fact it brings us to a great appreciation of what art is and what it does. At its essence, art is a reaching out, a need to recount, to share, to unpick issues, to put forward ideas and notions, to question beliefs, to delve into philosophies, and to rattle mindsets.
This exhibition demonstrates that there are no geographical, cultural, gender or age barriers in art.”