April 14, 2018
A Munduberra artist with long-standing ties to the South Burnett has won the inaugural $2200 David Bryce Rural Art Award.
The competition, named in memory of well-known Kingaroy artist David Bryce, was won by Sue Lederhose for her watercolour “South Burnett Aerial”, a view of South Burnett farmlands reminiscent of some of Bryce’s works.
The work will now join the South Burnett Regional Council’s art collection so it can be admired by future generations.
A crowd of more than 70 attended the official opening of the awards exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on Friday evening to learn who had won the six prize categories on offer.
(A $500 People’s Choice award – voted on by gallery attendees – will be announced on May 25.)
Compere Patrick Burns said 84 pieces in all media had been entered in this year’s competition from rural artists and photographers.
Exhibition judge Peter Breen, from Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane, spent two days in Kingaroy to assess the works. Peter lived in Kingaroy from 1978-82 and knew David Bryce very well.
The winner of the $500 Photography prize was Sandra Anderson, from Blackbutt, for “Storm Over Nukku”, an imposing photograph of a derelict farm hut overshadowed by a brooding storm front.
Kathleen Gogerly, from Booie, won the $300 Youth prize for her pen and ink drawing of the Yarraman Hotel-Motel, while Sue Lederhose, from Mundubbera, took out the $500 Rural Animals category with her watercolour, “Sandy’s Goats”.
The $500 Portrait category was won by Kingaroy artist Elizabeth Greensill for “Trevor – Farmer, Neighbour, Friend”.
The Landscapes category attracted 31 entries so prize money was awarded to first, second and third winners.
Kingaroy artist Carmel Nott won he $500 first prize for “A Bunya Forest Gallery”; Dot Rowland, from Kingaroy, took the $300 second prize for “Farm Paddock”; and Shannus O’Sullivan, from Hivesville, won the $200 third for “Sunrise West Of Warrego”.
Mayor Keith Campbell, who assisted in the announcements along with Arts portfolio chair Cr Danita Potter, said he was very proud to say he had a David Bryce artwork in his home.
When he was chairman of Bean Growers Australia, the company had commissioned David Bryce to paint a picture of the company’s River Road processing plant.
This had been hung in Bean Growers’ boardroom until Mayor Campbell retired from the company, after which it had been presented to him as a retirement gift.
Mayor Campbell congratulated all the artists who put works into the competition for the quality of their pieces, and the Kingaroy Arts Team for developing the concept.