An annual art prize that offers rich rewards to artists from northern NSW and southeast Queensland is open for entries.
The $3000 Border Art Prize is open to artists from the Tweed Shire, Gold Coast City or adjoining local government areas
It is jointly coordinated by Tweed River Art Gallery (TRAG) and Gold Coast City Art Gallery at Surfers Paradise, which take turns hosting the event on alternate years.
Now in its 12th year, the prize will be on display at Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah during the summer holiday period
‘The prize is open to all media and results in a large display of diverse artwork by professional, amateur and emerging artists,’ Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said.
‘It offers generous monetary prizes and the artist is free to sell or retain their winning entry, because the works are not acquired for the Gallery’s collection.’
This year’s entries will be judged by Museums & Galleries NSW CEO Michael Rolfe and will be vying for the $3000 first prize sponsored by Tweed Shire Council.
The second and third prizes, for $1500 and $500 respectively, have been funded by the Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery.
‘Well-known local artist and life-drawing teacher Shirley Kennedy continues her patronage for the arts and support for emerging artists in particular, by sponsoring seven awards to encourage artists with strong artistic abilities and potential for further development in their field,’ Ms Muddiman said.
Ms Kennedy and Ms Muddiman will select the winners of two $500 Shirley Kennedy Encouragement awards and five $100 Shirley Kennedy Highly Commended awards.
Entry forms must be lodged with Tweed River Art Gallery by 5pm on Thursday 8 November.
Artworks must be delivered for pre-selection from 23 to 25 November and finalists will be exhibited from Friday 30 November 2012 to Sunday 13 January 2013. Full details of how to enter are listed on the entry form.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Gallery’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ArtGallery/ArtGalleryBorderArt.aspx and printed copies are available from Tweed River Art Gallery or Gold Coast City Art Gallery.