pARTicipate began as a biennial event in 2011 with the goal to offer local artists the opportunity to exhibit and receive recognition for their work alongside their Southern Downs peers.
Artists who live on the Southern Downs (resident or rate-payer) are invited to enter. One work per artist representing one of the following categories will be accepted for display:
Drawing Ceramics Mixed Media Painting
Printmaking Sculpture Textiles
Sixteen cash prizes will be awarded
MAJOR AWARD $1000 sponsored by WARWICK CREDIT UNION
CATEGORY PRIZES x 7 $200*
5 x $100 ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS SPONSORED BY ROSE CITY SHOPPINGWORLD
1 x $100 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
AWARD FOR BEST ENTRY by an artist aged 10 - 14 years $250
AWARD FOR BEST ENTRY by an artist aged 15 - 19 years $250
*awarded at the discretion of the judge
Entry Forms - coming soon
Media Release - coming soon
Media Release - coming soon
The exhibition, Proximities, considers how our assessment of space and distance determine our emotional experience of objects - whether that is awe at the sight of a supernova exploding in the far reaches of the universe, or alarm at a discarded plastic bag floating in the ocean just metres from an unsuspecting turtle; whether that is a feeling of peace as our nearest star, the sun, shines benignly on a tranquil bushland creek; or amusement at the incongruous herd of cattle grazing against the improbable backdrop of Surfer Paradise skyscrapers.
Proximities starts with several dramatic works inspired by images from the Hubble Telescope. The focus is on the sublime. There is a frisson of fear. We feel glad it is "out there". Yet it is also within us. Because we are made of stardust.
Back on Earth, the paintings consider the ocean, from which life began. When organisms evolved on to dry land, they took the sea with them. “All the basic activities of life occur in water-filled cells bounded by membranes, tiny containers whose insides are remnants of the sea”*. We regard the sea as "out there", yet the sea is inside us.
From the sea, the paintings segue to landscape. Stuck indoors, glued to our devices, we regard nature as "out there". Yet the love of nature and the need to see it is "coiled in our bones, laced in our marrow, steeped in our blood"*. Albert Einstein went on to inspire: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery of nature; it is the source of all true art and all science."
Proximities also considers the homo sapien sense of exceptionalism in relation to other animals. Various other species are depicted in portraits or via inclusion in the landscape. How close are we to them? After all, they, too, are made of stardust.
Official Opening by Dr Julie Fragar Saturday 28 August 2021 at 10.30 am
Artist Talk "What makes a good painting" by Amelia Willmer Saturday 18 September 2021 at 10.30am
The Allora Photography Club’s exhibition Seasons of the Southern Downs endeavours to showcase the diversity and range of seasonal changes, within the Southern Downs regions, over the previous twelve months.
The Clubs’ main aim is to promote, educate and encourage photographers, of all skill levels and expertise, in the many aspects of photography, in an enjoyable, helpful and social atmosphere at their monthly meetings and regular group excursions. Their Members were encouraged to incorporate their individual expression and artistic interpretation of this subject to display their love and enjoyment of photography.
Image: Autumn Granite Belt Brewery Park Gale Ward