Life & Style Weekend - - ART - WORDS: TONY GILL Tony Gill is co-direc­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the vis­ual arts on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years.

The 14th an­nual Sunshine Coast Art Prize opened to the pub­lic on Thursday this week. Once again, it gives the pub­lic a chance to see a se­lec­tion of the best con­tem­po­rary art that Aus­tralia has to of­fer. The word “con­tem­po­rary” is all-im­por­tant in view­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion.

Con­tem­po­rary can mean “not tra­di­tional” or “as now”, which refers to when the art­work was pro­duced and not to any spe­cific style. It is best to view this ex­hi­bi­tion with an open mind and be pre­pared to in­tel­lec­tu­alise with the artists and their thoughts about their creations.

Judg­ing will not take place un­til Au­gust 29, so you have plenty of time to view the works be­fore­hand and have the op­por­tu­nity to make your “peo­ple’s choice” se­lec­tion.

I am proud to have been as­so­ci­ated with in­sti­gat­ing this now pres­ti­gious art prize and pay homage to Ferre De Deyne and He­len Perry, who have both been there from the out­set and con­tinue that sup­port.

A myr­iad other peo­ple have had equal faith in the prize and con­tinue to as­sist in pre­sent­ing what is now one of the fea­ture prizes for con­tem­po­rary art in Aus­tralia.

Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery­trail. for the many tal­ented artists and the in­di­vid­ual gal­leries’ open­ing hours.

Gallery snip­pets

Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery

Sunshine Coast Art Prize: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 15

The an­nual Sunshine Coast Art Prize is at Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery. Now in its 14th year, the prize show­cases a se­lec­tion of the best con­tem­po­rary art in Aus­tralia. With the win­ner re­ceiv­ing $25,000, this prize is now highly re­garded among the nation’s best artists in all two-di­men­sional me­dia. Be a part of this ex­hi­bi­tion and vote for your “peo­ple’s choice”.

Gympie Re­gional Gallery

Du Reitz Art Awards: var­i­ous artists Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Au­gust 23

The in­au­gu­ral Du Reitz Art Awards were launched on Thursday at the Gympie Re­gional Gallery. Open to artists in 2D and 3D cat­e­gories and with a prize pool of more than $13,000, this award is ex­pected to be­come a main­stay of the Gympie Re­gional Gallery’s art sea­son. You can vote for your favourite in the “peo­ple’s choice” sec­tion.

Stevens Street Gallery, Yan­d­ina

Fea­tured artists: Rindi Salomon and Andrew Shillam

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: Un­til Au­gust 31

Rindi Salomon’s work is pri­mar­ily ab­stract geo­met­ric design in­spired by the old build­ings, river and farm­land sur­round­ing the artist’s home in Grafton. It is fun­da­men­tally about line, shape and colour of which the sub­ject mat­ter lends it­self read­ily. Andrew Shillam’s latest work is ab­stract wood sculp­ture, par­tially in­spired by the an­cient arte­facts found on the Orkney Is­lands and the work of his great un­cle and aunt, Queens­land artists Kath­leen and Leonard Shillam.

But­ter Fac­tory Arts Cen­tre, Cooroy

Joy of the Jour­ney: The BRAG Trade Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 3

The BRAG Trade is a col­lec­tive of early-ca­reer artists with com­mon links through vol­un­teer­ing at the Bund­aberg Re­gional Art Gallery (BRAG). It fea­tures five artists: Kevin Ald­croft, Gabrielle Mc­don­ald, Paul Perry, Pa­tri­cia Shep­pard and Ray­mond Sin­gle­ton. The ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­plore the artists’ di­verse re­la­tion­ships with forms, themes and tech­niques. Many of the works are visu­ally in­spired pieces with un­con­ven­tional paint­ing tech­niques, di­men­sional draw­ings and multi-pat­terned pieces.


MAIN PHOTO: At Caloun­dra Re­gional Art Gallery is Le­vi­tate by Stephen Bush, a SCAP fi­nal­ist. ABOVE: At Stevens Street Gallery, Yan­d­ina, is Rindi Salomon's Blue Sea Grey Sky.

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