Popular art competition to open at town centre venue
■ Exmouth’s vibrant and varied community is about to be celebrated in a new art exhibition.
The town’s annual Exibald portrait exhibition and competition will open on October 16 and run until October 23.
This year, organisers Exmouth Cultural Arts Centre are welcoming entries by photographers for the first time and have changed venue to the town centre restaurant 5 Kennedy Street.
Exibald has until now been open to any medium apart from photography, but this year a photography category has been added which will be judged separately.
Both the main category and the photography category will have sections for children’s entries.
ECAC Exibald co-ordinator Di Larard said because Exibald was all about celebrating Exmouth people, all portraits must be of people who either lived in Exmouth or at least had a very strong link to the town. She also said entries should be accompanied by a short description of the person. Ms Larard said she was already aware of many entries being created and hoped other artists would be inspired to take part.
“ECAC’s recent portrait workshop has already inspired local artists to start painting their entries,” she said.
Ms Larard said ECAC was excited the change of venue brought the exhibition into the centre of Exmouth.
“We hope to open up more awareness of local arts by holding the exhibition in a venue right there in the mall,” she said.
She thanked 5 Kennedy Street owner Dexter Stone for hosting the exhibition and said he was supportive of local arts in general.
Entries must be presented ready for hanging on the morning of October 16 and should be limited to a maximum height of 90cm and width of 60cm.
Entry forms are available from Idaho Boutique, Exmouth IGA and the ECAC building on Learmonth Street.
More information can be obtained by contacting Di Larard on 0421 476 670.