A David Bryce view of Scott Street, Wondai, in the 1970s looking up towards the CBD before the construction of the roundabout
Kingaroy artist David Bryce, who died in August 2000

April 10, 2018

The winners of the inaugural David Bryce Rural Art Awards will be announced on Friday night (April 13) at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

David Bryce was one of Kingaroy’s best-known and best-loved artists.

The awards were born out of a retrospective of his work in 2016 in celebration of what would have been David Bryce’s 100th birthday.

The Rural Art Awards celebrate the important role creative activities play in the lives of people who live in rural, regional and remote areas.

More than 80 pieces of artwork have been entered from all over south-east Queensland.

Seven prizes will be awarded, including the David Bryce Award which is the most prestigious and will carry a $2200 prize.

Awards judge Peter Breen co-founded the Brisbane-based, artist-run organisation Jugglers Art Space in 1998 and became its chair in 2011.

He is a practicing artist and has a personal connection to David Bryce.

He was the charge radiographer at Kingaroy Hospital from 1978 to 1982 and knew David because both attended the same Baptist church.

As an art lover, Peter also often visited David’s home.

The David Bryce Rural Art Awards will be officially opened at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm.

The award winners will be announced by Awards co-ordinator and compere Patrick Burns at 7:00pm.

The exhibition will remain on display until May 27, and visitors during the six-week showing will have an opportunity to cast a vote for their favourite piece.

The winner will receive a $500 People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on May 25.

The Gallery is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Mondays to Fridays, and 10:00am to 2:00pm on weekends and public holidays.

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