The Ipswich Art Awards 2021 is here with the event expected to be bigger and better than ever.
The standalone event runs until the 30 May.
The Ipswich Art Awards has been held annually since 2000, attracting about 200 local artist entries and 2,000 spectators every year.
The judges for this year’s Ipswich Art Awards are Curator of Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery Samantha Littley and art dealer, valuer and researcher Bruce Heiser.
Mayor Teresa Harding thanked the 146 entrants for their contributions to Ipswich’s vibrant creative community.
“The Ipswich Art Awards provide a platform for engagement, recognition and professional development for Ipswich’s best local artists,” Mayor Harding said.
“The Creators of Ipswich Summit was just the beginning of this council’s support for the sector.
“Now, we are moving forward with our creative strategy, policy and ongoing funding streams including further grants under the Regional Arts Development Fund.
“The artworks speak for themselves, with over 250 beautiful entries on display.”
Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chair Councillor Andrew Fechner said the Ipswich Art Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the imagination, skill and endeavour of our creative community.
“Ipswich Art Awards entrants are judged across eight categories: painting-acrylic and oil, painting-watercolour, three dimensions, mixed media, new media, print making, drawing and pastels, and photography,” Cr Fechner said.
“The Awards are widely recognised as one of South East Queensland’s outstanding arts competitions and I’ve been delighted to see the interesting and diverse entries across the eight categories.
“I encourage the community to visit the exhibition at North Ipswich Reserve until 30 May to experience for themselves these artworks by our best local artists.”
For more information about location and viewing times for the Ipswich Art Awards 2021 click here.