The Exhibition features more than 1000 works in a variety of media including oil paint, watercolour, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery, installation, print making, millinery and drawing. For the first time, the Exhibition is part of the official Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers program and has been extended to eight days from 22 to 29 September.
Led by curator Evan Hollis, the 2018 exhibition will feature a high standard and diverse selection that has cemented the exhibition amongst the region’s premier and largest art events. Attracting international, national and local artists, the Downlands Art Exhibition is also a huge event for the wider community, with more than 1300 people visiting last year. For investors, some of the biggest names in Australian art will be showcased, from the traditional Hans Heysen through to the more modern John Perceval, Tim Storrier and David Bromley. Feature artist Rex Backhaus-Smith is one of Queensland’s most celebrated artists using watercolour, acrylic and gouache to create nature inspired lyrical paintings.
The Exhibition Gala Opening is from 7pm on Friday 21 September and is a fabulous night of art, food and friends with tickets strictly limited. The Exhibition opens 10am to 4pm daily and the Art Café will operate throughout. For artists, the curator will again grant the USQ Artsworx Encouragement Award prize for tuition at the McGregor Summer Arts Retreat. All pieces displayed are available for sale, being the primary fundraiser for the Parent and Friends’ Association and supporting student learning.
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