The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development.
In 2020 the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) celebrates 10 years, a decade of rewarding and celebrating Queensland regional arts and the wealth of creativity and imagination thriving in the regions.
Decadence may invite notions of luxury and self-indulgence. It may evoke ideas of wanton excess or wastefulness, perhaps with a casual or deliberate disregard of consequence. Dependent on circumstance, personal definitions of decadence can shift quite suddenly.
In 2020, artists were encouraged to explore the complex notion of decadence within their own communities and households across Queensland – both in times of shortage, and in times of plenty. The theme was addressed in an accompanying artist statement of 100 – 150 words.
2020 Judging Panel
Dr Campbell Gray – Director, The University of Queensland Art Museum
Alison Shaw – Arts and Cultural Officer, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
Tracy Heathwood – Director, Artspace Mackay
QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge
A co-production of Flying Arts and Queensland Poetry Festival, the QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge asks poets Australia-wide to respond to any of eight finalist works in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards 2020. The selected poet for each of the eight categories will receive a publication fee of $500. The six winning artworks will have their matching winning poem featured on a didactic panel in the touring Decadence exhibition, while the two winning poems that respond to the two People’s Choice artworks will be featured on the Flying Arts Alliance website.
Get cracking, writers: poems may be no longer than 12 lines, and the challenge closes on 30 November. Enter Now
2020 WINNING ARTWORKS
Flourish, LeAnne Vincent (Ipswich) – The Flying Arts ‘Art for Life’ Award, thanks to Holding Redlich – $10,000 cash, non-acquisitive and Spotlight Award, a professional text to be written by visual arts essayist and consultant Louise Martin-Chew, PhD valued at $1,000, thanks to Onespace Gallery and art words
Outback, A Sense of Place, Katrina Goldsworthy (Cornubia) – The Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award, thanks to The Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew) and the Geoff Booth Foundation – $3,000 cash, non-acquisitive
Worth the Cost?, Erin McKenna (Mackay Region) – Young Artist Development Award, thanks to Turner Family Foundation – $2,000 cash, non-acquisitive
I seem more award of subtleties in my space, Melissa Spratt (Gold Coast) – Textile Art Award, thanks to an Art for Life donor – $1,500 cash, non-acquisitive
REAP, Donna Davis (Ipswich) – Digital Art Award, thanks to State Library of Queensland, The Johnson and Flying Arts – Fully funded one-week residency at State Library of Queensland, The Edge, including 7 nights accommodation at Art Series – The Johnson, valued at $4,000
Seagull and Crane – a traditional Lardil story from Mornington Island, Joelene Roughsey (Gununa, Mornington Island) – Remote Artist Award, thanks to Woolloongabba Art Gallery – $1,500 cash, non acquisitive
Shimmering Gold, 2020, Paul Perry (Bargara) – People’s Choice Award (Adult), thanks to TAFE Queensland – $1250 cash, non acquisitive
A Time Before, Edwin Hamill (Buderim) – People’s Choice Award (Youth), thanks to TAFE Queensland – $750 cash, non acquisitive
Decadence Touring Exhibition: Expressions of Interest Open
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for Decadence, touring Regional Queensland in 2021 – 2022.
The exhibition travels with supporting public programs and collateral material. Enquire with Flying Arts Exhibition Lead for further information.
DECADENCE TOURING EXHIBITION
Previous Queensland Regional Art Award Competitions
View the winners and touring artists of previous years of the Queensland Regional Art Awards.