Queensland artists living outside the Brisbane City Council area have until July 2 to receive discounted entry into the Queensland Regional Art Awards 2019, which offers a $25,000 prize pool and the opportunity to participate in a prestigious touring exhibition.
The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is the largest visual arts prize to promote and showcase art produced exclusively in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
The QRAA aims to provide artists with a platform for professional artistic development with 7 award categories and prizes including artist residencies, cash prizes and inclusion into the QRAA 2019 touring exhibition.
This year artists are encouraged to reflect on the diverse elements and qualities which comprise their own communities and locations in Queensland through the theme ‘State of Diversity.’
Rockhampton artist Erin Dunne, winner of the $10,000 Art for Life Award in 2018, says receiving a major prize in the QRAA has opened up new avenues for her professional artistic career.
”Winning the Annie Tan memorial Watercolour prize in 2017 was one of the things that gave me the confidence to resign from my teaching position and pursue my career as a full-time artist. Since winning the ‘Art for Life’ award I have been offered my first solo show at the Rockhampton Art Gallery and a two-year mentorship with Sydney-based artist Todd Fuller,” Erin said.
“This award is an incredibly important foundational milestone in my practice that will act as a launch pad for further opportunities in future.”
Flying Arts CEO Kerryanne Farrer is excited to see the art produced to match this year’s ‘State of Diversity’ theme.
“Artists in the Queensland regions provide a valuable inside perspective into what makes Queensland a truly unique state. We hope that they will find inspiration in the diverse ecosystems, wildlife, people, places and personalities that make up their communities and surroundings.”
All Queensland artists are eligible to enter the award provided they live outside of the Brisbane City Council area. Early bird entries close July 2, 2019. The final date for submissions is July 30, 2019.
For further details about entry visit Flying Arts’ website: www.flyingarts.org.au/events/qraa-2019.
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