RME Downlands Art Exhibition
September 18th – 25th
10am – 4pm
Tickets available at the door for $5, $4 concession, free for school-aged students
Kathy Ellem runs her own art gallery and workshop space, Kathy Ellem Fine Art, in the historic gold rush town of Beechworth. Kathy won the prestigious Australian National Equine Art Prize in 2017 (with an $8000 cash prize), and more recently, the Christine Drewyer Award at the Women Artists of The West 48th National Exhibition (United States).
Catalogue sales will commence from 7pm Friday 17 September at our our Gala opening event. All artworks will be then be available for purchase at the exhibition or by leaving an expression of interest on the artwork page or by calling (07) 46909560
The RME Downlands Art Exhibition is usually held in the College’s Graham Centre. This is at the top of the curved driveway, the entry on Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Hopefully, we can continue this grand tradition in 2021. Our regular curator, Evan Hollis, strives to present a large, formal gallery space with artworks curated primarily by genre. Sub-categories in media can also dictate placement. Accepted artworks are of a standard whereby inexpensive works are often hung near serious investment pieces creating an interesting viewing experience and purchasing options for all browsers.
During the exhibition Tea and coffee are available at the Café in Tudor Hall which is adjacent to the Graham Centre. Visitors can relax with morning or afternoon tea or lunch whilst contemplating your newly acquired art under the shaded café tables.
The RME Downlands Art Exhibition is a weeklong event that meaningfully engages the Downlands and wider community with artists, artwork and creative minds. As the major fundraiser for the Parents and Friends Committee, the funds raised from the Exhibition go directly to the improvement of College facilities, teaching and learning and pastoral care of students.
Our Vision And History
We staged our first art exhibition in 1987, with the help of our art department and the Parents and Friends Committee. The preparation was long and arduous, shared between a group of dedicated people. But it was certainly worth it.
The doors opened to reveal a dazzling array of fine paintings and prints of glorious colour and variety, detailed and unusual silver, glass art, ceramics and crafts. Each alcove and turn revealed something of beauty to be admired or bought. Not only was there something for the avid art collector, but enough variety of style and form to please everyone. The opening night was a particularly successful evening and certainly one to be put on most calendars as a must for next year. 200 people gathered in the Graham Centre for a champagne and gourmet supper accompanied by music.
The show was also a great financial success, helping to fund new art equipment, increase the school art collection and help finance a future artist-in-residence in the school.
This vision remains true three decades later.
Book Tickets for Gala Opening 17 September 2021 at 7 pm
Book tickets for RME Downlands Art Exhibition Gala Opening on 17 September at 7 pm. The exhibition opens between 18 - 25 September, 10 am - 4 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $ 5.00