October 29, 2018
A painting depicting the struggles of farmers battling drought, poor roads, rates and red tape has won this year’s South Burnett Open Art Competition.
The winning entry was announced at the exhibition’s opening night on October 5, and has been acquired by the South Burnett Regional Council to add to the region’s permanent art collection.
Mayor Keith Campbell, who performed the official opening, said he was impressed by the breadth and depth of talent on show, and congratulated all the artists who took part.
He also congratulated the Gallery’s volunteers for the hard work they put into organising the competition, which has run every year since 2007.
This year the competition was expanded from showcasing only the works of South Burnett artists to works created by Australian artists, and entries filled the walls of all three galleries.
All entries were judged by Brian Tucker, a Brisbane-based art lover who had an exhibition of selected works from his own private collection at the Gallery in June.
Entrants were invited to submit artworks executed in oils and acrylics, watercolours, pastels and any other medium.
There were also separate categories for photography, sculpture and ceramics, Indigenous Art and several sections for children’s art.
The winning entry was chosen from all the entries submitted.
The competition offered $8450 in cash prizes, including a new Children’s category for art based on Australian poetry, sponsored by Hivesville artist Shannus O’Sullivan.
Other sponsors included the South Burnett Regional Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd, the Wondai Lions Club, Bendigo Bank, the Wondai Regional Art Gallery and the Wondai Country Markets.
Gallery curator Elaine Madill also congratulated the artists taking part in this year’s competition, and said she expected more artists from outside the region will take in future years as word about it spread.
This exposure to non-regional artists would only help to broaden and deepen the skills of local artists, she said.
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2018 Open Art Competition Winners
$3000 South Burnett Regional Council Acquisitive
- First prize – ‘Imprisoned Farmer’ by Darryl Jones
Section 1: Oils Or Acrylics
- First prize ($500) – ‘Boulder Break’ by Keith Blake
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Lushness of Epiphytes’ by Maggie Spenceley
- Highly Commended – ‘Red’ by Robyn Dower
Section 1: Watercolours
- First prize ($500) – ‘Morning At Mt Coot-tha’ by Jason Skewes
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Venice’ by Thelma Archibald
Section 1: Pastels
- First prize ($500) – ‘Unsure – Study 3’ by Carmel Birchley
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Is It Dad?’ by Joanne Tollefson
- Highly Commended – ‘Life Of Brian’ by Lyn Felsman
Section 1: Any Other Medium
- First prize ($500) – ‘Farmyard Chook Scene’ by Heather Brainwood
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Come Dance With Me’ by Dot Rowland
Section 2: Photography
- First prize ($500) – ‘Forgotten’ by Sharron McDonald
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Sunset At BP Dam’ by Heather Stanton
Section 3: Sculpture And Ceramics
- First prize ($500) – ‘Grand Old Lady’ by Suzanne Flintham
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Shell We Have Tea At The Beach’ by Carol Forster
- Highly Commended – ‘Old Yeller’ by Robyn Dower
Section 3: Indigenous Art
- First prize ($500) – ‘Sand’ by Meg Hansen
- Second prize ($200) – ‘Echidna Feasting’ by Maurice Mickelo
Section 4: Children’s Art 4-6 Years
- First prize ($30 Bendigo Bank passbook) – ‘Outer Space’ by Heather Delahoy
- Second prize ($15 Bendigo Bank passbook) – ‘Me and My Shadow’ by Mya Maniju
Section 4: Children’s Art 7-11 Years
- First prize ($30 Bendigo Bank passbook) – ‘Stormy Night’ by Addison Cooke
- Second prize ($15 Bendigo Bank passbook) – ‘You Can Do Gymnastics’ by Lucy Hobbs
Section 4: Children’s Art 12-15 Years
- First prize ($30) – ‘Concealed Peaks’ by Hannah Woodward-White
- Second prize ($15) – ‘Isla Sorna’ by Brandon Lohse
Section 6: Children’s Open Age Photography
- First prize 12-18 Years ($30) – ‘The Sunset Group’ by Holly Stephen
- Second prize 12-18 Years ($15) – ‘Sleeping Giant And Grain Of Timber’ by Grace Berry
Australian Poetry Theme Art Competition
Ages 12-15 Years
- First prize ($120) – ‘The Man From Snowy River’ by Nina Obst
- Second prize ($80) – ‘The Man From Snowy River’ by Lara Murray
- Third prize ($50) – ‘The Man From Snowy River’ by Isabella Appledorn
Ages 16-18 Years
- First prize ($120) – ‘A Dog’s Mistake’ by Amy Murray