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.

The annual event aims to provide regional artists with a platform for expressing their creative talents, as well as showcasing the lives of regional communities through a mixture of paintings and textiles all the way to wearable art. The judging panel and organisers were impressed by the calibre of the entries, which represented the wealth of artistic talent living and working in remote and regional Queensland communities.



Words by Stephen Chinnery
Images by Flying Arts Alliance Inc