Thank you Stan­thorpe

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THE Stan­thorpe Art Prize 2018 was a huge suc­cess thanks to our com­mu­nity.

We were very for­tu­nate to have spon­sor­ship from the SDRC, many of our lo­cal busi­nesses and, of course, the over­whelm­ing back­ing of our vol­un­teers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

This sup­port en­abled so many pos­i­tive out­comes for artists, Stan­thorpe Re­gional Art Gallery and our com­mu­nity.

The Stan­thorpe Art Prize is of­ten an im­por­tant part of an artist’s ca­reer and of­fers recog­ni­tion, val­i­da­tion and ex­po­sure for artists.

This year we had record en­tries which en­sured that the stan­dard of the art work was at the high­est level.

There were 21 pieces of art sold and five pieces ac­quired.

This was the high­est num­ber of works sold to date.

This con­firmed that artists had both ac­knowl­edge­ment of and re­mu­ner­a­tion for their hard work.

This year, one of the ac­qui­si­tions was Bedrock Ely­sium by lo­cal artist De­nis Brockie.

De­nis is a much cel­e­brated artist with many awards for his work.

Open­ing night was sold out with 258 guests at­tend­ing and many util­is­ing ex­cel­lent lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, res­tau­rants and other busi­nesses.

There was a record 2500 vis­i­tors to the gallery dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Stan­thorpe Art Prize has helped put re­gional Aus­tralia on the map within the arts com­mu­nity.

These out­comes are a re­sult of the hard work and com­mit­ment from gallery staff and vol­un­teers, great com­mu­nity sup­port and the gen­eros­ity of our spon­sors.

The team is com­mit­ted to the on­go­ing im­prove­ment of the Stan­thorpe Art Prize and there are plans to make the Stan­thorpe Art Prize 2020 even bet­ter, host­ing more events dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion and bring­ing more vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

Thank you again Stan­thorpe. — Mary Find­lay, Gallery Di­rec­tor, Chair of the Stan­thorpe Art Prize Com­mit­tee

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SOLD: Bedrock Ely­sium by De­nis Brockie was sold through the art prize show.

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