Western Downs locals and visitors are invited to support the Western Downs creative talents at the Regional Artists’ Exhibition opening night on October 9.

The free exhibition opening event will announce the winners of the 2021 Regional Artist Exhibition and kick-off the artistic showcase, which will feature at Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla over the coming weeks.

The creative works of 19 different local artists will be featured across all media including painting, drawing, printing, photography, digital art, new media, textiles, sculpture and glass responding to the theme, Living in the Anthropocene Epoch. The Anthropocene Epoch is used to describe the most recent period in earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystem.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said, “Artists were challenged to respond to how a person, image, object, or place captured their experience of environmental and cultural change.

“The exhibition sparks the topic of the unique experience of this time of change within the Western Downs and hopes to foster a collective desire for a culture care, respect, and positive action. It is fantastic opportunity for all our artist from across the region to come together this year and get a chance to network within our happy inclusion arts and culture community.”

Exhibition Curator Leigh Schoenheimer said, “The standard of work this year has been absolutely exceptional and all of the entrants should be proud of their contributions.” The exhibition opening night will be held on Saturday 9 October 2021, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

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