Emerg­ing art on dis­play

Bri­ga­low a plat­form for young artists

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Mackenzie Colahan Mackenzie.Colahan@cnbtimes.com.au

THE tal­ents of bud­ding lo­cal artists are on dis­play for the next month at the Ba­nana Shire’s long-stand­ing vis­ual art awards.

Pre­sented by the Ba­nana Shire Art Gallery As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bri­ga­low Arts Fes­ti­val shines a light on the work of cen­tral Queens­land’s lead­ing artists.

Each Oc­to­ber for more than 40 years, the re­gion’s best art is hung, judged and ad­mired through­out a four-week show­ing.

This year’s fes­ti­val, which was of­fi­cially opened at a lav­ish af­fair last Fri­day, at­tracted 283 sub­mis­sions across 12 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, fine art, tex­tile, three di­men­sional and dig­i­tal art.

Bri­ga­low has carved out a rep­u­ta­tion for un­earthing ta­lented in­di­vid­u­als, pro­vid­ing the in­spi­ra­tion and ex­po­sure needed to launch am­a­teurs into promis­ing artis­tic ca­reers.

For many, it pro­vides a rare op­por­tu­nity to have their work promi­nently dis­played in a gallery – ev­ery artist’s dream.

In keep­ing with its com­mit­ment to kick-start­ing the ca­reers of bur­geon­ing artists, the win­ner of the emerg­ing cat­e­gory, Kassie Warren (pic­tured), re­ceived a schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land’s McGre­gor Arts Re­treat.

The Toowoomba pro­gram is the long­est run­ning re­gional vis­ual arts work­shop and will give Ms Warren the op­por­tu­nity to learn from some of the state’s most creative minds.

The 31-year-old painter said she was ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue her artis­tic am­bi­tions.

“Art started out as a hobby but I made a de­ci­sion this year to fo­cus on it a lot more to see where it can take me,” she said.

“I en­tered Bri­ga­low last year and this year I re­ally wanted to win.

“I was stoked.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more and I’ll see where it goes.”

Ba­nana Shire Art Gallery As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Alan McTag­gart said the vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mis­sion was to en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion’s up-and-com­ing artists.

“We have some re­ally top qual­ity lo­cal artists that are turn­ing out in­cred­i­ble work,” Mr McTag­gart said.

“The fes­ti­val is the high­light of our cal­en­dar.

“It’s a big a step up and the show is pre­sented pro­fes­sion­ally.

“En­tries must have been cre­ated within the last 12 months, so it’s all to­tally new.

“We had in­cred­i­ble sup­port from our cor­po­rate spon­sors with prize­money to­talling $10,000.”

The art­work was ap­praised by qual­i­fied judge, Rock­hamp­ton’s Mark Coombe.

A full list of award win­ners is avail­able on The Cen­tral Tele­graph web­site.


UP AND COM­ING: Kassie Warren with her win­ning oil pas­tel paint­ing, the aptly ti­tled Man in the Orange Tur­ban.

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