FLASHBACK: Blackbutt’s Peter and Sandra Anderson picked up four awards in the last David Bryce Rural Art Awards for their photography … Peter won 3rd prize in the Social Documentary category, while Sandra scooped two first prizes (Landscape and Social Documentary) and a second (Social Documentary)

March 4, 2024

Voting began on Monday … but we don’t mean just for the local Council elections!

Voting also began at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery for the People’s Choice Award at the prestigious David Bryce Award rural art competition.

Sixty-three entries are now on show at the gallery, interpreting different aspects of rural life.

The biennial competition is open to artists who live in rural or regional Australia.

Entries must feature a current rural scene, person or activity rather than an historic depiction of earlier times.

The competition began in 2018 to honour the memory of pioneering South Burnett artist David Bryce.

Bryce was one of the region’s most respected and prolific artists, who continued to produce works right up to his death in August 2000.

Many of his artworks are now included in local private collections, as well in the South Burnett Regional Council’s collection.

The 2018 and 2020 competitions attracted a mix of paintings and sculptures, however the 2022 competition was limited to photographic entries only.

This year all media have again been accepted with a special category for photography.

Entrants are competing for cash prizes, including $2200 for the overall winner.

Section category winners will each receive $500, including the People’s Choice Award winner voted on by visitors to the gallery.

Votes can be lodged at the gallery this week (open 10:00am to 4:00pm) and up until 5:30pm on Friday.

All competition winners will be announced at a special awards night celebration from 6:00pm on Friday (March 8).


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