- Highlife Magazine - Grammar Art Show

The Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show is not only a key event on the local social calendar, it also offers one of the widest selections of art under one roof in Australia.

Last year the event sold more than $120,000 of art in one weekend, and this year sees an even wider range of incredible art, aiming to provide something for everyone.

In 2015, the organisers of the event previewed a selection of artworks on social media, a move that was well received by patrons. More than 90 per cent of the art previewed sold at the art show last year.

The feature artist for 2016 is Laura Douglas, whose sensationally simplistic style will enthral attendees. Laura captures the movement of horses with amazing skill and power of restraint, using the simplest of lines to create incredible impact. Laura’s signature painting style is in demand and has garnered invitations to paint for Polo in the City, Myer Melbourne’s Spring Racing promotions and Gai Waterhouse’s private functions during Spring Racing.

Another impressive feature at the 2016 show is the $30,000 ‘life size’ African Kudu by award-winning artist and Toowoomba Grammar Old Boy Cory Salmond. Standing at almost three metres high, the work is an example of his recent artistic practice in highly detailed studies of African wildlife.

This year a collection of nine pieces will be exhibited by current Toowoomba Grammar boys who are passionate about learning Indigenous Australian art techniques. The boys are donating the total sale proceeds of their exhibits to Yalari, a not-for-profit organisation started by Grammar Old Boy Waverley Stanley, which offers scholarships for Indigenous children at leading Australian boarding schools.

With a wide range of paintings, ceramics, vases, jewellery, textural creations and photography, ranging from $40 to six figure investment pieces, everyone is welcome.

Tickets for Opening Night and High Tea are available online or by phoning (07) 4687 2500. Be sure to book early, as tickets are limited and always sell out. The art show and popular coffee shop are open 10am to 4pm, with door entry only $5 on 19 and 20 March. Go online or follow on Facebook and Instagram.