The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development.
In 2020 the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) celebrates 10 years, a decade of rewarding and celebrating Queensland regional arts and the wealth of creativity and imagination thriving in the regions.
Decadence may invite notions of luxury and self-indulgence. It may evoke ideas of wanton excess or wastefulness, perhaps with a casual or deliberate disregard of consequence. Dependent on circumstance, personal definitions of decadence can shift quite suddenly.
In 2020, artists were encouraged to explore the complex notion of decadence within their own communities and households across Queensland – both in times of shortage, and in times of plenty. The theme was addressed in an accompanying artist statement of 100 – 150 words.
2020 Judging Panel
Dr Campbell Gray – Director, The University of Queensland Art Museum
Alison Shaw – Arts and Cultural Officer, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
Tracy Heathwood – Director, Artspace Mackay
2020 WINNING ARTWORKS
Flourish, LeAnne Vincent (Ipswich) – The Flying Arts ‘Art for Life’ Award, thanks to Holding Redlich – $10,000 cash, non-acquisitive and Spotlight Award, a professional text to be written by visual arts essayist and consultant Louise Martin-Chew, PhD valued at $1,000, thanks to Onespace Gallery and art words
Outback, A Sense of Place, Katrina Goldsworthy (Cornubia) – The Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award, thanks to The Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew) and the Geoff Booth Foundation – $3,000 cash, non-acquisitive
Worth the Cost?, Erin McKenna (Mackay Region) – Young Artist Development Award, thanks to Turner Family Foundation – $2,000 cash, non-acquisitive
I seem more award of subtleties in my space, Melissa Spratt (Gold Coast) – Textile Art Award, thanks to an Art for Life donor – $1,500 cash, non-acquisitive
REAP, Donna Davis (Ipswich) – Digital Art Award, thanks to State Library of Queensland, The Johnson and Flying Arts – Fully funded one-week residency at State Library of Queensland, The Edge, including 7 nights accommodation at Art Series – The Johnson, valued at $4,000
Seagull and Crane – a traditional Lardil story from Mornington Island, Joelene Roughsey (Gununa, Mornington Island) – Remote Artist Award, thanks to Woolloongabba Art Gallery – $1,500 cash, non acquisitive
Shimmering Gold, 2020, Paul Perry (Bargara) – People’s Choice Award (Adult), thanks to TAFE Queensland – $1250 cash, non acquisitive
A Time Before, Edwin Hamill (Buderim) – People’s Choice Award (Youth), thanks to TAFE Queensland – $750 cash, non acquisitive
The exhibition travels with supporting public programs and collateral material. Enquire with Flying Arts for further information.
QRAA EKPHRASIS CHALLENGE 2020
A co-production of Flying Arts and Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF), the QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge asked poets Australia-wide to respond to eight artworks in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards 2020. Read More
DECADENCE TOURING EXHIBITION
Banner Image: Rivers, Creeks & Streams. Kylie Stevens. River water, copper leaf, earth, charcoal and acrylic on canvas. 2020.