After receiving a record number of entries from local, national and international artists, the 2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize winners will be announced at a Gala Opening on Friday 15 June. Established in 1972, the biennial Stanthorpe Art Prize is one of the oldest art competitions in Queensland and is open to both emerging and professional artists. The Gala, taking place at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, marks the opening of the exhibition of the works to the general public. More than 200 stunning and diverse artworks will be on display until Thursday 19 July, with all of them available for purchase.

Artists who have entered the Stanthorpe Art Prize have the opportunity to win prizes totalling $40,000, which includes the $25,000 major prize, across several categories. These categories include Significant 2D, Significant 3D, Emerging Artist, Local Artist, Volunteers’ Choice, Youth Award and Public Choice. All the winners of these categories will be awarded at the Gala Opening except for the Volunteers’ and Public Choice categories which will be voted on during the exhibition and awarded at the conclusion. The Gala event will be opened by QAGOMA Board Advocate Gina Fairfax, who is a strong advocate for access to the arts and education in rural, regional and remote communities.

The artworks will be judged by Ron Ramsey and Dr Kyla McFarlane, two experienced professionals in the arts sector. Mr Ramsey is Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and has worked with the most prestigious galleries in Australia as well as being Australia’s Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC from 2004 to 2007. Dr McFarlane is the Curator of Academic Programs (Research) at The Ian Potter Museum of Art. She has previously worked both independently and held key curatorial positions at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, The Centre for Contemporary Photography, and Monash University Museum of Art.

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