Friday, February 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Whitsunday Wonders Artist Exhibit For Great Barrier Reef Festival

The Great Barrier Reef Art Exhibit has been confirmed to return in 2024, taking centre stage at the refurbished Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Scheduled for the first week of August, the exhibition will showcase a curated selection of over 70 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs, chosen by a panel of judges.

The special guest judge, Lauren Turton the Curator of Artspace Mackay, will have the honour of selecting the winning artworks, at the Opening Night on August 1.

Margie Murphy, Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Festival, expressed her delight at the addition of the Exhibition to the Festival. 

“The 2023 exhibition was a fantastic addition to the festival program, enhancing the artistic dimension of the event and attracting new visitors, and we can’t wait to see the new entries this year!” Ms Murphy said.

Following on from the theme of 2023’s exhibition, the theme of ‘Whitsunday Wonders: Above and Below the Surface’ has artists exploring the dual realms of the region.

Numerous art prizes await, notably the inaugural 'Cathy Knezevic Local Artist Award’, generously supported by the Whitsundays Arts Festival. 

“This prestigious recognition honours Cathy's foundational role in establishing the Whitsundays Arts Festival and her substantial contributions to the local arts community," commented Jess Begun, President of WAF. 

More awards are set to be announced, and with entries open from April 1, artists are encouraged to pick up their tools and get started.

Guests visiting the 2023 exhibition. Photo supplied

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