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Brisbane artist Charlie Carrigan was congratulated by Mayor Keith Campbell on her metal sculpture “Evancee”, which took out the $7000 first prize in the Kingaroy Sculpture Competition

April 10, 2019

A metal mesh model of a nude has taken out the top prize in the $10,000 Kingaroy Sculpture Competition.

The sculpture was created by Brisbane artist Charlie Carrigan, who describes herself as a “creative expressionist”.

The announcement was made on Saturday morning before a crowd of about 30 people at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

The biennial competition, which began in 2017, offers a $7000 first prize open to sculptors from anywhere in Australia; a $2000 local prize for sculptors who live in the South Burnett; and a $1000 encouragement award.

It was created by the gallery’s managers, the Kingaroy Arts Team, with the aim of acquiring pieces that could be displayed as public art in the region’s parks and outdoor spaces.

The 2019 event attracted 11 entrants and judges Maureen Meggit-Lorne and Wayne Brown spent many hours last Tuesday selecting the winners.

The awards were announced by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, who officially opened the exhibition and congratulated the entrants on their efforts.

The judges said they’d had a very difficult time selecting the winners.

“The visual arts represent us, our humanity and our ability to create,” Wayne told the audience.

“But good art is like good music – it stops you in your tracks. So we were looking for pieces that did that, and moved us.”

The $2000 South Burnett prize was awarded to Tingoora couple Russell and Robyn Dower for their sculpture of two cows, “The Weaners”.

Robyn told the audience it was made out of 50-year-old fence palings sourced from their property. Her husband Russell played an active role in preparing the wood for the sculpture.

The $1000 encouragement award went to Mark Ladyman, from Wattle Camp, whose styrofoam sculpture of a giant hand was mounted in the adjoining Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre.

The day’s top prize of $7000 was awarded to Brisbane artist Charlie Carrigan for her metal sculpture “Evancee”.

Charlie said she was both delighted and surprised to have her work chosen.

She had only recently taken up sculpture after a break.

The judges said they had chosen her work because it moved them, and had made them stop and study it

Another work that drew a lot of attention on Saturday was a giant red ant sculpture created by Gold Coast artists Andrew Cullen and Dion Parker.

The steel and wire creation, which towers ominously over the main gallery, drew the admiration of both the Mayor and his wife Marion.

The Mayor speculated – perhaps jokingly – that the sculpture might be a great decoration for the Rogers Drive roundabout to welcome visitors to Kingaroy.

All entries in the sculpture competition will remain on display at the Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm weekdays, and 9:00am to 1:00pm on weekends and public holidays – except for Good Friday and Anzac Day – until the end of May, when they will be replaced by the Gallery’s two-month Winter Craft Festival.

Admission to view the exhibition is free.

Tingoora artists Robyn and Russell Dower won the $2000 South Burnett prize for their wooden sculpture of two weaner cows, crafted from 50-year-old fence palings on their property

Robyn and Russell Dower’s two weaner cattle which won the South Burnett prize (Photo: KAT)

Mark Ladyman’s prize-winning hand is in the foyer of the Visitor Information Centre (Photo: KAT)

The Mayor’s wife Marion Campbell was entranced by a giant metal sculpture of a red ant that dominates the main gallery and welcomes visitors to the exhibition

After the awards were announced, Gold Coast artists Dion Parker and Andrew Cullen discussed how they’d made their red ant sculpture with Mayor Keith Campbell


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