2018 Ipswich Art Awards

Theme – Figments Of Your Imagination

Entries close 5 pm Friday 16th March

The Ipswich Art Awards (the Awards) has operated since the year 2000. During that time it has become a huge success cementing itself into the position of being a major event in the Ipswich Festival calendar. Most works are received from artists throughout South-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales. It has also attracted attention from artists nationally.

The Ipswich Art Awards is among the top prize giving art exhibitions in Queensland.

The Awards link with other Ipswich Festival events including: the Ipswich Festival Parade, Street Party and the Wine and Jazz Festival. Linking the awards to these events ensures the greatest number of visitors possible to view the exhibition.

During the festival time the awards help provide a creative hub in the centre of the city by linking with exhibitions in the Ipswich Art Gallery and the Ipswich Community Art Gallery. The Ipswich Arts Foundation and the Awards provide additional art work to the city’s art collection by providing an acquisition prize.

The event has taken a strong hold on the imagination of the local community as well as appealing to visitors to the Ipswich Festival. We see the Art Awards adding to the lifestyle and recognition of Ipswich, presenting it as a dynamic and creative city in which to live.

For more information see Ipswich Art Awards .



Border Art Prize

Photo courtesy of Robyn Swaeney

WHEN: 25th  May – 15th July


The Border Art Prize is held at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre every second year and will be featured again from 25 May to 15 July 2018. The Prize supports the endeavours of artists living and working in the NSW North Coast and South Eastern Queensland. Open to all media and subject matter, the Border Art Prize attracts a wide variety of styles from both well-known and emerging artists, reflecting the region’s lively artistic community.

Artists living within the Tweed Shire, Gold Coast City, Ballina, Byron and Kyogle Shires and Lismore City Council areas are eligible to enter the Prize. Artworks may be in any media, genre and style, as long as they satisfy size, weight and display restrictions. From 2000-2016 the Border Art Prize was run as a joint initiative with Gold Coast City Gallery and welcomed entries from artists from the Tweed Shire, Gold Coast City and surrounding shires. In 2017 Gold Coast City Gallery withdrew from the Prize to concentrate on building their new cultural precinct. The Prize continues to be held at Tweed Regional Gallery every second year and invites entries from artists in the Tweed and surrounding shires.

The 2018 Border Art Prize entry form will be available in February 2018.

A good week

Some weeks are diamonds and some weeks are stone – this week was a diamond week. Sold a few framed images to two different customers which was a good start. It started on Monday when I sold a few framed images to two different customers which is always a good…

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