Emerging art on display
Brigalow a platform for young artists
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.