Pop­u­lar art com­pe­ti­tion to open at town cen­tre venue

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ 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.

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