ART CENTRAL: Clarence Robertson from Anglo American Dawson with Kassie Warren at the Brigalow Arts Festival.
ART CENTRAL: Clarence Robertson from Anglo American Dawson with Kassie Warren at the Brigalow Arts Festival.

Thousands up for grabs for CQ artists

MORE THAN $11,000 in prize money was awarded to a talented crop of local and Queensland based artists at the opening night of the Brigalow Arts Festival on October 18.

Just over 110 people filled the Banana Shire Regional Arts Gallery with Golden Key International Honours Society member Tallara Gray acting as judge for the evening.

Alan McTaggart, president of the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association said that entry numbers exceeded expectations for the prestigious festival.

“We had prize winners from the local area as well as winners from Mackay and Brisbane,” Mr McTaggart said.

“The word is out that the Brigalow Arts Festival is on in Biloela and worth competing in.”

The Local Artist Award went to Auda Maclean who featured alongside some talented youth from the local schools.

“And there was some hot competition in the camera work with coloured photographs and black and white photographs,” Mr McTaggart said.

“Some of the black and white photographs were probably some of the best I’ve seen from the kids for a long time.

“I think it looks good for the future of the Brigalow Arts Festival which has been going for 50 odd years.”

Dorothy Rideout has retired as patron after many year’s service to the Festival,

Janelle Anderson from Theodore won the Emerging Artist Award and will attend the MacGregor Winter school in 2020 and Payton Stevens and Hannah Rideout were the Youth Winners.

A photography workshop with Australian contemporary art photographer Joachim Froese was held the following day which gave local photographers a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best.

“It was a small class and it was a very instructive and iterating time analysing our cameras and how best to use them, Mr McTaggart said.

“It was all about when, where and how you take the pictures that everyone wants to look at.”

The gallery remains open during business hours to view for free Monday-Friday until November 25 with viewing also from 10am-midday on November during the Markets in the Park.


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