LOCAL artists are being encouraged to start preparing for the 2003 Bega Valley Art Awards.
Entry forms for the annual competition are now available from the Bega Valley Regional Gallery in Zingel Place with more than $5000 up for grabs this year.
Besides the $2500 major prize (any subject, any medium) there will also be smaller cash prizes for best oil ($300), best sculpture ($300), best abstract ($200), best acrylic ($200), best watercolour ($200), best pastel ($200), best drawing ($200), best mixed media ($200), best work by an indigenous artist ($200), people’s choice ($400) and best local entry ($300).
This year’s competition is being judged by the director of the Forest Gallery near Batemans Bay, Garry Ellis, with the winners to be announced on the night of Saturday, October 11.
Entries will remain on exhibition until November 9.
Council director Ross Cameron said the competition was being sponsored by Bega Valley Shire Council and a number of local business houses and generous supporters of the arts.
Mr Cameron said he was particularly pleased to see a new category included this year for the first time – best work by an indigenous artists – thanks to the Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Entry forms and copies of the conditions of entry are available from the gallery in Zingel Place or by phoning Mr Cameron on 6499 2187.
Entries will close on Friday, October 3, with all works to be delivered by the following Monday, October 6.
The winning work will be added to Council’s permanent art collection.
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