TOP NOTCH: President of the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Alan McTaggart, here with Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier, says this year's Brigalow Arts Festival will be high quality.
TOP NOTCH: President of the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association Alan McTaggart, here with Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier, says this year's Brigalow Arts Festival will be high quality.

Best artistis in the region go head-to-head

A TOP up in prize money has made this year’s Brigalow Arts Festival hotly contested.

With opening night a few days away at the Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Alan McTaggart, president of the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association said that entrant numbers are up this year thanks to increased reward.

“This year we’ve increased the prize money by a couple of thousand to $11,00 which has seemed to brought in more competing artists to enter,” Mr McTaggart said.

“There’s $2000 worth of prize money across each section.

“Rather than one prize for 20 entrants, we’re spending more money around more artists.

“It’s an expensive business creating art and it’s our way to show we appreciate the effort they are making.”

Banana Shire Council Mayor Cr Nev Ferrier will open the evening before judge Tallara Gray looks over each entry to determine who will walk away with a share of the prize money.

“We’ve got remarkably good local artists as well as art coming in from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Brisbane who submit every year,” Mr McTaggart said.

“These are recognised artists in their fields so the competition is really quote hot to get the major prize especially in the open section.

“You just don’t want to hang stuff on the walls that’s below standard.

“They know it’s a top quality exhibition hall and they’re doing their best to put up good work.”

Presentations will start at 6pm with light refreshments and live music by local musicians.

Also on October 19 there will be a photography workshop with Australian contemporary art photographer Joachim Froese.

“Still looking to fill some spaces we have left but to get this quality photographic experience is something not to be missed

“He’s exhibitioned all around the world.

“It’s a great opportunity for photos artists to learn from the best in business.”

The festival officially opens from 5.30pm on October 18 at the Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery.

Tickets $10 at the door.

Follow Brigalow Arts Festival on Facebook for more.


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