Awards brush up art
THE Queensland Times Ipswich Art Awards co-ordinator Wayne McDonnell wants to develop the exhibition into one of the best in the country. His vision is to attract quality artwork and visitors to the city to view the show. "We are on track to achieving this goal," Mr McDonnell said. "However, there is still a long way to go and we are constantly reviewing the exhibition, listening to comments and making changes where needed to better the exhibition. "This year we changed the category format to a subject format in place of a media format." Time is running out to enter the 2007 Queensland Times Ipswich Art Awards as entries close Friday. Since starting seven years ago, the awards have grown in the quality of work on display and prize money. Mr McDonnell said The Queensland Times had a proud and lengthy involvement with the event and last year included an acquisition prize valued at $1500 for a work featuring a recognisable Ipswich subject. The work acquired was by artist Craig Amos titled First Lights, a streetscape of Brisbane Street showing the post office building and surrounds. It hangs in the QT's foyer. The QT Ipswich Art Awards is the first major event of the Ipswich Festival with the official opening night on April 24. This is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets, which cost $20, contact the organisers at PO Box 727, Ipswich. All art will be for sale. The exhibition opens to the public on April 26 and continues until 5pm May 5, in St Paul's Church Hall, d'Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich. It will be open daily from 10am to 5pm.