Girt by Sea competition a Bay Island art boon

A week remains for artists to submit works to the lucrative 2017 Girt by Sea art competition and exhibition, which this year boasts a $94,000 prize pool.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Council-supported competition, run in conjunction with Macleay Island Arts Complex (MIAC) and Russell Island Community Arts (RICA), offered outstanding opportunities to sculptors throughout Australia and painters from Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb Islands.

“The Girt by Sea art competition is one of the most lucrative events of its type in Australia with prizes offered from $500 to $14,000,” Cr Williams said.

“The sculpture section of the competition is open to all and is already attracting national attention, while the painting section is open to SMBI artists.

“Entry forms detailing artworks must be received by 3pm Friday 17 February, even if artworks are not yet complete or still in transit.

“The 2016 competition opened everyone’s eyes to the potential of a bay islands-based art exhibition like this and I have no doubt this success will be echoed in 2017.”

Division 5 (Redland Bay and Bay Islands) Cr Mark Edwards said the competition and exhibition not only celebrated the artworks, but also the SMBI’s unique Island lifestyles.

“Anyone who saw the calibre of artworks from the 2016 Girt by Sea competition would agree that it has the potential to be a major cultural tourism draw card, not just for the Bay Islands but for our whole city,” Cr Edwards said.

“With a total prize pool of around $94,000, and an entry fee of just $5 per painting and $30 per sculpture, it is a great opportunity for all exhibiting artists.

“Acquired sculptures will be installed in key public spaces, so the Girt by Sea competition is a rare chance to make a lasting impact on our city’s landscape and I really encourage everyone to get behind this exciting project.”

Entries to the 2017 Girt by Sea competition and are subject to terms and conditions and entry forms must be received by 3pm Friday 17 February 2017.

Application forms can be downloaded from The Bay Islands Getaway website and the Macleay Island Arts website.

The Girt by Sea awards evening will be held at Russell Island Recreation Hall at 6pm Saturday 18 March, with all welcome.

The following acquisition prizes are available to participating artists, subject to selection by judges:

Sculpture Section:  Four prizes of $8000 and three prizes of $14,000.

A total of $74,000 in acquisition prizes

Painting Section: 10 prizes of $500; five prizes of $1000; two prizes of $2500; and one prize of $5000.

A total of $20,000 in acquisition prizes.

3 thoughts on “Girt by Sea competition a Bay Island art boon

  1. Kirsty Holmes

    Just wondering if you have any information on where this event is held and where I can see the artwork. I cannot find any advertising for this at all – Just the competition entry

    1. Dave Heggie

      Macleay Island Arts Complex

      The first ‘Girt By Sea’ painting exhibition and acquisitive competition with $20,000 in prizes donated by Redlands City Council, commences at Macleay Island Arts Complex (MIAC) on March 3.
      Many sculptures entered for the GBS $74000 competition will be displayed in the waterfront gardens at the arts complex.
      With nearly 70 painting entries MIAC is very excited to be presenting such a prestigious event representing SMBI artists. Morton Bay identity Dick Bradley will open the exhibition at 6pm on March 3.
      This exhibition continues until March 26 with MIAC Gallery open each day from 10am to 3pm. Ceramics based upon the theme, ‘My Islands’ will also be exhibited.
      Queensland Art Gallery Curators Peter McKay and Ruth McDougall will be the judges. Winners will be announced at a presentation evening on March 18.
      Transport from the Macleay Island Ferry terminal will be available for the opening evening. Contact to book.
      Dave Heggie President Macleay Island Arts Complex


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