(QldGovSpin) Peninsula Young Artists Shine

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 06/09/2004 - 22:41

Four of Peninsula's most promising young artists have been honoured as recipients of the coveted 2004 Education Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art.

Education & Arts, Anna Bligh


The work of Lisa McGowan from Tully State High School and the works of Anthea Pedley, Jamie Lau and Allia King from Trinity Bay State High School were selected from 112 entries in the Peninsula district exhibition for the 2004 awards.

Minister for Education and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh today congratulated the award winners on their outstanding work.

"Lisa McGowan's 'Coffee', Jamie Lau's 'Time in Continuous Motion', Anthea Pedley's 'Genderless' and Allia King's 'The Cubby House Effect' reflect the high standard of the Education Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art." Ms Bligh said.

In addition, a new award - the Chroma Regional Artist Award - was received by Kristy Beavon from Good Counsel College for her work entitled 'Tight Spaces and Life-Giving Places'.

The winning students' artwork and the other entries in the Peninsula district exhibition will be on display at the Tanks Art Centre until 3 October 2004.

Up to 56 students from 14 district exhibitions will be selected for the 2004 Minister's Arts awards.

"As part of their award, Lisa, Anthea, Jamie and Allia will be invited to participate in a five-day workshop in Brisbane in October and their work will be hung in the central state exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery early next year," Ms Bligh said.

"This award program gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional exhibition and to work with experienced artists during an intensive residential workshop."

"The Awards highlight the depth of artistic talent in Queensland high schools and give students a chance to extend themselves." she said.

For the first time this year Chroma Paints is sponsoring a new Regional Artist Award as part of the awards program. A recipient will be selected from each of the eight non-metropolitan districts involved in the Education Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art.

"The Chroma Regional Artist Award has been developed to encourage the artistic development of students in regional and remote locations throughout Queensland." Chroma CEO, Mr Wayne Gates said.

"To further increase the skills of senior art students, Chroma will also be sponsoring four regional artist days in locations that will be determined in consultation with the awards steering committee."

"Chroma's vision 'Brilliant Paint. Brilliant Minds' means that we are devoted to developing 'Brilliant Paints' and supporting art education to ensure we see the result 'Brilliant minds' can achieve when encouraged," Mr Gates said.

The Education Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art is organised by the Department of Education and the Arts with support from the Queensland Art Gallery and the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland.

Media contact: Shari Armistead 3235 4593



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