HOW TO EXPAND ARTISTIC HORIZON
HORIZON FESTIVAL IS A GOOD PLACE TO START AN ARTISTIC EDUCATION
The third annual Horizon Festival opened yesterday and Sunshine Coast Council is to be commended for this continuing initiative to promote the arts.
However, it is impossible to embrace all our cultural events under one banner in such a diverse and rich artistic area.
The vibrant art scene on the Sunshine Coast has shone for the past 40 years or more, through commercial as well as public galleries, workshops and open studios.
Many of these sites also have exhibitions or events happening during the Horizon Festival, so it is always worth looking into the variety of happenings to be experienced at all times of the year, to keep the horizons expanding on all fronts.
The Coast is Queensland’s major provincial artistic centre and one of the leading visual arts destinations in Australia.
This festival can become a major player in the cultural festivals of the nation and will steadily embrace all arts activities.
Along with the 14th annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize (the winner to be announced next week), it stands the region in good stead to only increase its profile as “the arts destination”.
We look forward to our peak tourism body creating the long awaited Culture Trail as a welcome reaffirmation of the strength of culture on offer.
It is great to see the Horizon Festival grow and reach an increasing audience, who will see that there is always a reason to enjoy the arts of the region.
Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail website for the many talented artists and the individual galleries opening hours at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail.com.au
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Sunshine Coast Art Prize: various artists Exhibition dates: until September 15
The annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize is showing 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 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 award.
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art
Exhibition dates: until September 7 This is an exhibition that expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age. Playful and challenging, each artwork asks audiences to immerse their senses into a thinking, feeling and doing contemplation of what it is to be human in the digital age of technological acceleration. Experimenta Make Sense features more than 20 leading international and Australian artists who are involved in media art.
Art Nuvo, Buderim
Natives and Nature: various artists Exhibition dates: until August 31
This group exhibition brings to Buderim four outstanding female artists: Jennie Fawckner, from Toowoomba, with her landscape and floral oil paintings; Shannon Garson, from Maleny, with her fine highly decorated porcelain vessels; Emma Nancarrow, from Noosa, who captures natives from her garden in acrylic on canvas; and Farley Cameron, from Buderim, with her ink florals through silk on paper.
Noosa Regional Gallery
USE: selected artists
Exhibition dates: until September 8
USE is a new exhibition of contemporary jewellery and small objects, exploring the impact of tools in artisan practice, developed by the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland.
Tony Gill is co-director of Art on Cairncross and has been involved in the visual arts on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years.
NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL: At Art Nuvo, Buderim, is Emma Nancarrow's In Flight. TOP LEFT: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery features Stefan Dunlop’s Splash IV.
Stefan Dunlop's Splash IV at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.