Thursday, May 23, 2024


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Whitsundays Regional Council Champions Local Arts Scene

Whitsunday Regional Council is showing support for the local arts scene by sponsoring the main prize at the upcoming Great Barrier Reef Festival Art Exhibition.

They have contributed $3000 to the prize pool, affirming their commitment to fostering local artistic talent.

Mayor Collins expressed Council’s dedication to promoting a thriving arts culture in the Whitsunday region.

“It’s important we support opportunities for artists to showcase their creations and connect with local audiences,” he said.

"It not only benefits our local artists but contributes to the cultural experiences available for our community."

The organisers from Creative Connections Whitsunday Inc have welcomed Council's sponsorship, which contributed to raising the total prize money to over $8000.

Glenda Brown, Exhibition Coordinator, emphasised that art prizes play a crucial role in providing artists with exposure and opportunities for artwork sales, and a unique cultural event for locals and visitors.

To add to the event's prestige, the winning artwork will be added to the Council's curated collection.

Panellists Sandy Guy and Bonney Bombach, along with a Council member, will help with the preselection process.

Deadline for entry is 30 June 30 2024 and all artists are invited to enter. 

The exhibition is due to be held at the Whitsunday Sailing Club from August 1-5, 2024. The event will display a variety of 2D and 3D artworks and photographs, and attendees can participate in the 'People's Choice' Award by voting for their favourite artwork.

WHAT: Great Barrier Reef Festival Art Exhibition
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: 1-5 August

Last year’s theme was Whales and this year artists are invited to explore ‘Above and Below’ works. Photo supplied

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