The winners of the Queensland Regional Art Awards 2016 were recently announced. The awards attracted a diverse range of artworks, each reflecting the theme Colours of Queensland in their own way.
Run by Flying Arts, an organisation focusing on delivering arts-based projects to regional areas, 179 entries were received in total. Held in Flying Arts’ 45th year, the diversity and quality of the works made decisions difficult for the judging panel, which consisted of art dealer Andrew Baker, Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine and Senior Visual Arts Lecturer Dr Beata Batorowisz.
These judges selected six of the eight winners, with the final two being dictated by People’s Choice (all eight winners are pictured below). Thirty-six works were also selected for the exhibition that follows the awards.
Some of the winning works were complex; some were simple. Some used a vibrant palette of colours; others told a more understated story. All showcased life in each artist’s respective community in a special way. In fact, the communities of the artists themselves directly reflects the diversity and widespread nature of the Awards – close to 1900km separated the furthest submissions.
Noogooraville - Karen Stephens (Redbank)
Mapping the Colours - Carmen Beezley Drake (Rockhampton)
Pineapple Music - Edwin Hamill (Buderim)
It was just after dusk and the quiet had begun to descend - Mieke den Otter (Bellbird Park, Ipswich)
Bush Bride - Nina Dawson (Mission Beach)
Ocean Blue - Helenna Dohle (Linville)
Entwined III - Donna Davis (Deebing Heights)
Generating the Colours of Queensland...after dark - Buck Richardson (Kuranda)
Words by Stephen Chinnery
Images by Flying Arts Alliance Inc