Entries called for new Redland Art Awards

Entries are now open for the prestigious biennial Redland Art Awards.

This national painting prize is now presented by Redland Art Gallery as a major Redland City Council initiative.

First held in 1981, Redland Art Awards was established by a small group of local artists known as Redland Yurara Art Society, which is among Queensland’s oldest art societies.

The contemporary painting competition, which offers a prize pool of more than$20,000, is open to all Australian artists.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s support for the long-running competition underscored the City’s reputation as a significant regional arts centre.

“That this event is now in its 29th year is testament to our thriving arts community and strong cultural appreciation in the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said.

“It is why the Redland Art Awards have become so popular with artists across Australia as well as residents who appreciate and enjoy our galleries.’’

Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Paul Bishop said 390 entries were submitted for last year’s competition, with 45 short-listed for display.

“We are expecting that to be exceeded this year,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“This is a highly regarded competition with an acquisitive first prize of $15,000 and $4000 for the runner-up,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“There’s also $2500 for the winner of the Local Environment Prize and $500 for the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by Redland Yurara Art Society.

“The real highlight though comes on Sunday 12 October when all the finalists go on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.’’

This year’s judges are Maud Page (Acting Deputy Director, Curatorial and Collection Development, Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art), Joe Furlonger (award-winning Australian artist and former recipient of Moet & Chandon Fellowship) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Redland Art Gallery).

Entries for the Redland Art Awards close on 29 July.

Download an entry form or contact Redland Art Gallery on (07) 3829 8484.