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The Churchie – National Emerging Art Exhibition

June 12, 2010

The Churchie national emerging art exhibition offers an inspiring glimpse into the future of the Australian art scene. It provides a forum for artists to compete for a prize across five categories; paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture. Finalists from all Australian states and territories have been pre-selected with the overall winner rewarded with a $15,000 cash prize sponsored by Brand & Slater Architects.

It opened last night, with much fan fare. It is always a diverse showcase of work, and has been running annually since 1987. I was lucky enough to be a finalist and have my work purchased in 1990!

I would like to make a special mention of Andrew Thorpe’s painting, Last Light, Torbreck, a landscape of Brisbane’s first high-rise apartment block seen late in the afternoon. It is his second inclusion in The Churchie, previously exhibited in 2006. Andrew is developing a lovely body of work and I believe is someone to watch in the collecting circles. Especially after winning the 2009 Rotary Award.

The exhibition is running for seven weeks, until 1 August, 2010 at the Queensland College of Art Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane.

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