Avon Valley Gazette - - LET’S EAT -

ARTS in the Wheatbelt con­tinue to flour­ish with the sup­port of an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion at­tract­ing record en­tries.

Cen­tral Wheatbelt MLA Mia Davies said the 2017 Wheatbelt Art Prize ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tion and con­tin­ued to grow as a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the re­gion’s arts and cul­ture scene.

The Novem­ber event at Cum­mins The­atre of­fered a com­bined prize of $ 9000, at­tract­ing 160 en­tries across nine cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing two pho­tog­ra­phy classes for the first time.

Ms Davies said the com­pe­ti­tion drew a high calibre of en­tries and re­ceived on­go­ing sup­port from spon­sors and the com­mu­nity.

“Judges, spon­sors and event co- or­di­na­tors were blown away by the lo­cal en­thu­si­asm for art and the way the com­mu­nity has em­braced the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their artis­tic tal­ents,” she said.

“We broke all sorts of records for the event: record num­ber of en­tries, record prize money and record crowds that turned out to the launch on Fri­day night.”

The com­pe­ti­tion was started in 2006 by for­mer Merredin MP Bren­don Grylls.

This year’s win­ners in­cluded young artist Cas­sidy Smith, pho­tog­ra­phers Lyn­ley Arnott and Kate Caughey, artists De Passey, Dun­can True­man, Val Cur­tis and Lee Snib­son.

An iron sculp­ture by Pe­ter Forbes and stu­dents won the Arc In­fra­struc­ture prize.

Agri­cul­tural Re­gion MLC Colin de Grussa said he was im­pressed with in­ter­est in the arts in the Wheatbelt.

“Events such as this high­light the rich ta­lent of artists across a di­verse cross- sec­tion of the com­mu­nity, and the im­por­tant role art plays, al­low­ing peo­ple to tell their sto­ries,” he said.

“The arts scene in the Wheatbelt is go­ing from strength to strength at the mo­ment, in­vig­o­rated by the Pub­lic Silo Trail, WAM’s Wheatbelt Tour­ing Cir­cuit se­ries and events such as the Wheatbelt Art Prize.”

Jo Milling­ton won the Merredin Shire ac­qui­si­tion prize for her paint­ing ( left)

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