The winners for the 2017 Queensland Regional Art Awards have been announced. Prizes valued in excess of $25,000 were awarded to nine regional Queensland artists.

The Queensland Regional Art Awards is Flying Arts Alliance’s annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. With this year’s theme being Iconic Queensland, artists were invited to consider the unique and iconic elements of their own regions to produce works reflecting our diverse Queensland communities.

Breaking previous entry records, more than 220 artworks were submitted to the awards this year. The same artworks were displayed on the People’s Choice gallery and received a record number of votes.

The Flying Arts Art for Life Award of $10,000 was awarded to Jo St Baker of Redcliffe for her sculpture, The Sandmen. 

Other prize winners include: Erin Dunne (Rockhampton), Shanoa Rea (Woombye), Meaghan Shelton (Imbil), Alan Tulloch (Ipswich), Barbara Cheshire (Gulliver), Jane Dennis (Cooktown), Scott Denholm (Moffat Beach) and Helenna Dohle (Linville).

Judges included Henri Van Noordenburg from Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Mike Mitchell of Mitchell Fine Art, Sandra Conte of Libraries Galleries and Museums, Moreton Bay Regional Council. Executive Officer, Kerryanne Farrer, is thrilled to see Flying Arts continuing to contribute a vibrant visual arts sector in regional Queensland through the award in 2017.

“These awards are a significant annual platform for emerging and established artists living in regional Queensland to exhibit their work in a tour, to build a network of peers, to connect with new audiences and boost their professional profile,” she said.

“We would like to congratulate all entrants of this year’s competition – the number and quality of entries this year was exceptional, and demonstrates the wealth of artistic talent across regional Queensland communities. The staggering support of both valued partners and participating artists continues to make this award possible each year.”

A total of 29 artworks have been selected to tour in the Iconic Queensland exhibition, curated by Van Noordenburg. The exhibition will tour to Brisbane and a number of regional centres in 2018 to 2019, including Toowoomba, Ingham, Emerald, Julia Creek, Munduberra, Childers and Warwick.

For more information about the Queensland Regional Art Awards and the Iconic Queensland Touring Exhibition, please contact Flying Arts on 07 3216 1322 or email info@flyingarts.org.au.