New artists sought for this years’ exhibition

by | Jul 10, 2018

The Downlands Art Exhibition in Toowoomba is seeking ten new artists for its annual show in September.

Emerging and established artists are invited to apply by 14 July to exhibit in the region’s largest annual art show on 22 to 29 September 2018.

The Downlands Art Exhibition features over 1,000 works in a variety of media encompassing oil paint, water colour, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery, installations, print making and drawing.

For the first time, the Exhibition is part of the official Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers program and it has been extended from two to eight days.

All pieces on display are available for sale, with the Exhibition being the primary fund raiser for the Parent and Friends’ Association which supports Downlands student learning.

According to Evan Hollis who has curated the Exhibition for the past 11 years, introducing new artists is a way of broadening the mix of works on display.

“Exhibiting artists are generally by invitation only, so it’s a rare opportunity to open this prestigious show to new artists from around the Darling Downs and beyond,” he said.

“I am looking for a high standard of execution in traditional or contemporary art and something that will appeal to our buyers.”

“New artists will keep the show fresh and ever-changing – we have some patrons who attend and purchase each year, either for investment, for home decorating or just because they love art.”

Space for new work is limited to two square metres per artist, with no size limit for sculpture.

Artists have until 14 July 2018 to submit images of their art pieces, a brief statement about their work and a biography or CV.

All artists not represented by a gallery are eligible for the USQ Artsworx Encouragement Award.

Judged by the curator, the prize is tuition to the value of $920 at the USQ McGregor Summer Arts Retreat 2019.

In another first for this year’s Exhibition, USQ students undertaking a curatorial internship will assist in the administration of these ten new artists, so they obtain real world curatorial experience.

Further information is available