Artists shared an amazing $8500 in total prize money at the 2023 South Burnett Acquisitive art competition, hosted by the Wondai Regional Art Gallery recently.
Prizes are allocated in nine categories, with the overall winner taking out the $3000 top prize, the South Burnett Regional Council Acquisitive Award.
Photographs secured the main prize over the past two years, but this year a more traditional artwork won the top spot.
“Burnett River” by South Burnett artist Tiana Justine depicted the river overlaid with a hand-drawn map
The judge’s comments:
A work that drew me in, wanting to know more, read labels, and then the delightful watercolour complementing the words. The reversed map overlaying the scene looks to a past history and when maps were hand-drawn, giving more details than modern maps eg. “good soil” and “scrubby range”. The map is an artwork on its own.
Tiana’s painting will now be added to the South Burnett Regional Council’s permanent collection.
The opening night, on October 6, was very well attended with artists eager to learn if they had shared in any of the prize money on offer.
Sponsors included the South Burnett Regional Council, Wondai businesses, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Bendigo Bank and local politicians.
Entries in this year’s South Burnett Acquisitive will remain on display at the Wondai Regional Art Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily until the end of the month.