2011 Art Prize Curator Dorothy Haig with some of her beautiful pieces.
2011 Art Prize Curator Dorothy Haig with some of her beautiful pieces. Contributed

Prize draws out the finest of art

BUDDING artists are being urged to tap into their creative side and begin preparing alluring pieces for this year’s Scots PGC Art Prize.

The bi-annual event is taking place next month and artists’ imaginations can run wild, with pieces able to be presented in two dimensions using any medium they chose.

2011 Art Prize curator Dorothy Haig said most people could connect with art in some way.

“Some people are blessed with the gift of being able to create and express themselves through art, while everyone is capable of enjoying it on at least one level,” she said. “It invades our silence, manipulates our thoughts and plays on our emotions.”

Parent and member of the school’s Parents and Friends (P&F) Association Suzanne Tomich said she was pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the businesses that have thrown their support behind the events and signed up as sponsors.

“I would really like to thank all of the sponsors because I know it has been a difficult year for people to be asked for funding with two lots of flooding,” she said.

“But I have been blown away with how generous people are.”

Mrs Tomich said the prize now only recognises the talent of local artists but is an important fund-raiser for the P&F.

“The Art Prize is an initiative of the Scots PGC Parents and Friends Association that aims to gather and awaken the local Warwick community to the wonder of Art and celebrate our talented adult and student artists,” she said.

This is the Scots P&F’s fifth Art Prize and past events have attracted more than 60 artists and all of the pieces submitted will be presented for sale.

Prizes up for grabs include a $2000 for the winner of the open section and $500 cash and a night of accommodation for two for the runner up. The Student Section also offers cash prizes and art supply vouchers.

The event will be held at Scots PGC College Oxenham St campus on Friday and Saturday, October 22, 23.

How to get involved

Artists wishing to participate can find entry details and forms at www.scotspgc.qld.edu.au or contact Jo Fessey Art Prize Coordinator 0439 777 729 or 4667 4924.

To reserve a ticket to the Official Opening, contact the College on 4666 9811.



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