8 November 2010

A cocktail evening on Saturday 6 November marked the official opening of Redland Art Awards 2010.

Three prize winners were nominated by judge, artist Anne Wallace, from the exhibition of 52 shortlisted works.

Special guest Tim Morrell - curator and writer - spoke about the collection, and Mayor Melva Hobson officially opened the exhibition and
announced major prize winners.

All three commented on the high standard of works, congratulating all shortlisted entrants on their achievement during the
official opening proceedings.

Representatives from Redland City Council and Redland Yurara Art Society attended, as did some of the sponsors: Ross Hall (International Art Services), Alison Benfer (Golden Cockerel), Lisa McLaren (Stark Creations), and
Margaret Franklin (Margaret Franklin & Associates).

Prize winners were:

1st prize ($10,000) – Queensland artist Karla Marchesi for
I suppose it had to come to this

2nd prize ($4,000) – New South Wales artist Michael Muir for
Break on through

3rd prize ($2,500) – Victoria based artist Fergus Binns for
Toy Painting (Christmas Island action figure)

This popular free exhibition is open to the public and continues at
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, until Sunday 5 December.

Exhibition visitors are invited to cast their vote for the $500 Meredith Foxton People's Choice Award, which will be announced Thursday 25 November 2010 on the Redland Art Awards website.

Floor talk: Join judge Anne Wallace with the short listing panel (Anne Wallace, Simon Mee and Emma Bain) at 11.30am on Wednesday 10 November to hear more about Redland Art Awards 2010.

Redland Art Awards is a collaboration between Redland City Council through Redland Art Gallery and Redland Yurara Art Society with generous support from local and interstate sponsors.

14 June 2010

Entries are now open for the prestigious biennial Redland Art Awards 2010, a contemporary art competition open to all Australian artists, offering a national prize pool of $17,000, proudly sponsored by Redland City Council and largely supported by local businesses.

Redland Yurara Art Society and Redland Art Gallery are pleased to present this locally established competition, which is now celebrating its 27th year, attracting national attention with entries received from all states and territories, along with a significant pool of local artists.

The Redland Art Awards 2010 prize pool consists of four non-acquisitive prizes:

First prize - $10,000
Runner-up prizes - $4,000 and $2,500 (respectively)
Meredith Foxton People's Choice Award - $500

Submissions close 16 August 2010, and will be followed by an exhibition of finalists at Redland Art Gallery, corner Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland, from 7 November until 5 December 2010.

Popularity of the competition is particularly strong in the Redlands, largely due to the diversity and creativity of Redlands' residents – a community that proudly supports artistic initiatives.

Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson said the Redland Art Awards has been run through the Redland Art Gallery since 2006 and has proven to be a program highlight. "In 2008 over 500 competition entries were received and more than 3,000 visitors attended the exhibition. It is expected the 2010 event will attract even larger interest.

"We are fortunate in that we not only have an art award that attracts such a high calibre of entries here in the Redlands, but we also receive generous financial support from local businesses for the prize pool," she said.

Judges for the awards are Anne Wallace (Queensland-based artist), Simon Mee (Associate Lecturer, Collections Curator and Arts Management University of Southern Queensland) and Emma Bain (Director, Redland Art Gallery).

First held in 1981, Redland Art Awards was established by a small group of local artists known as Redland Yurara Art Society Inc – one of Queensland's oldest art societies. With a current membership base of 120, the society runs an active workshop and exhibition program from its studio at Pinklands
Reserve, Thornlands.

20 May 2010

Preparations for Redland Art Awards 2010 are well underway. Organisers are currently calling for entries from artists and seeking support from private enterprise in the Redlands.

Redland Art Awards is a biennial painting competition open to all Australian artists presented by Redland Yurara Art Society Inc and Redland Art Gallery. Redland Art Awards 2010 will open on the evening of 6 November 2010 and be on public display in Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 7 November until 5 December 2010.

The competition features four non-acquisitive prizes of $10,000, $4,000, $2,500 as well as the Meredith Foxton People's Choice Award of $500.

Redland Art Awards 2008 attracted more than 500 entries from artists in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia.

Nick Ashby the Redland Art Awards 2008 winner was later awarded the joint winner 2009 Artworkers Award, and a 2009 Bundanon Residency; and was a finalist in the Clayton Utz Scholarship, and the Gold Coast Art Award.

Redland Art Awards 2010 will be showcased for four weeks and will be an important draw card for visitors to the Redlands during the holiday season.