The Wondai Regional Art Gallery is expecting wall-to-wall crowds on Friday, September 29.
The Gallery expect a bumper roll-up for two reasons: the unveiling of the South Burnett’s biggest annual art competition, and the official launch of this year’s South Burnett and Cherbourg On Show long weekend.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell will be kicking off the long weekend by officially opening the 23rd annual South Burnett Art Competition, and presenting prizes to the winners.
This competition is open to South Burnett artists only, and provides a yearly showcase of the best artworks the region can produce.
This year it’s offering a total of $8000 in cash prizes for winning entries in the Art, Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics sections, including a $3000 Mayor’s Acquisitive.
This prize is awarded to an oustanding artwork from any of the four sections, which will be added to the South Burnett Regional Council’s permanent art collection at the end of October when the exhibition closes.
The competition also has a section for children’s art to encourage the region’s next generation of artists.
In addition to the art competition, a “Faces Of The South Burnett” photographic art project which captures portraits of South Burnett residents will be officially opened on the same night.
This project was led by the Barambah Branch of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network with support from the South Burnett Regional Council’s RADF fund and ABC Wide Bay.
The Gallery’s doors will open at 6:00pm, and the $5 entry fee includes a hot and cold supper, punch and live entertainment.
There’ll also be wine tastings and sales by the glass or bottle available from a South Burnett winery.
The opening night will conclude at around 7:30pm so that guests attending the South Burnett and Cherbourg On Show launch dinner at the nearby Wondai RSL can move there to enjoy dinner and a performance by the South Burnett’s leading indigenous band Muddy Flats.
After opening night, both exhibitions will remain on show at the Gallery each day from 10:00am to 4:00pm until the end of the month.
Admission to view them is free.
The Wondai Regional Art Gallery is located on the main roundabout at Wondai and can be contacted on (07) 4168-5926 or by email.
- You can also find out more about the gallery on their website