By Karen Simmons
Banana Shire audiences will be treated to an award-winning selection of regional Queensland talent with the showing of ‘Paint the Town’ at the Regional Art Gallery over the coming months.
Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery celebrated the official opening of “Paint the Town” exhibition on Friday, July 22.
Madeline Brewer, the program team leader, made the journey from Brisbane for the opening along with Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier.
Annette Rutherford, Gangulu Ancestor, conducted a Welcome to country and the gallery also conducted a floor talk on Saturday, with Madeline speaking in depth about the exhibit and the Flying Art Alliance.
An initiative of Flying Arts Alliance, Paint the Town, is the touring exhibition of 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards and showcases the works of 28 talented emerging and established artists from across regional Queensland.
Evoking the spirit of celebration by responding to the 2021 exhibition theme, artists examine the activities, environments, and moments in which they rejoice in celebration.
Chris Stannard, Curator at Cultural Services, Cairns Regional Council, and one of the 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards judges, said the exhibition presents a uniquely Queensland perspective as artists looked to their local community for inspiration.
“As we poured through all the entries, the judges and I were struck by the strength of the themes that had emerged,” Mr Stannard said.
“Many of the entrants had responded to the title Paint the Town by addressing concepts of ‘place’ and ‘community.’
“Perhaps not surprisingly, given we’ve spent much of the last eighteen months travelling only within Queensland, and our focus has become increasingly localised.”
The Cairns Curator said the result is a collective body of work, that is very much from and about regional Queensland, as seen by its artists.
Flying Arts Alliance Executive Officer, Kerryanne Farrer said the diversity of artistic practice represented in the exhibition pays a timely tribute to the organisation’s history during its 50th anniversary.
“In Paint the Town you’ll see artworks from the far reaches of our vast state; as far north as Cairns, as remote as Gununa (Mornington Island) and as central as Charleville. Now, 50 years on, it’s a pleasure to continue platforming the rich artistic talent of our state,” she said.
The Queensland Regional Art Awards is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The initiative aims to provide a platform for further professional development.
The Paint the Town touring exhibition of the 2021 Queensland Regional Art Awards is an initiative Flying Arts Alliance in partnership with Museums and Galleries Queensland.
The exhibition will tour until 2024 to Cairns, Atherton, Biloela Emu Park, Bundaberg, Mundubbera, Miles, Roma, Dalby, Warwick and Gatton.
Paint the town exhibition will be hosted at the gallery in Biloela until September 2, 2022.
The Gallery is open weekdays 9:30 am – 4:00 pm