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Hill’s History the theme for art comp

Thursday, 14th March, 2019

Councillor Maureen Clark with her brush and the info sheet for the Silver Dreams and Red Dust Art competition. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Councillor Maureen Clark with her brush and the info sheet for the Silver Dreams and Red Dust Art competition. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

An art competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Broken Hill has just started up for this year’s Heritage Festival.

Councillor Maureen Clark said the ‘Silver Dreams and Red Dust’ competition was themed around the Heritage Festivals’ mining and unionism one.

“The theme of the festival is mining and unionism in Broken Hill so following on from that theme, but very broadly, the art competition will be based around Silver Dreams and Red Dust,” she said.

“So people can interpret that (however they want.)

“The art competition will involve paintings, and they can be of any type such as watercolours, acrylics and oils, and it can be contemporary, traditional or landscape.

“We’ve got some beautiful landscapes around Broken Hill, and artists love it here because of the light, so if artists can incorporate that into their paintings that would be wonderful.

“There can also be scope for portraiture of different types.”

On the broad historical theme, Ms Clark said that information attached to the entry forms would help give artists a good starting point as to what they could focus on. 

“I have also put out some information which may help artists wondering about what sort of subject matter they could use for the theme,” she said.

“I have written a little bit about the history of Broken Hill, starting from European settlement to right up to the present day.”

She said it was wonderful that the local Rotary Club had jumped on board and were sponsoring the competition.

“The Rotary Club of Broken Hill have very generously said that they would sponsor this competition with prize money,” said Ms Clark.

“So the first prize will be $800, the second is $400 and the third of $200. Plus there could be additional prizes as well.

“So entries close at 3pm on April 2, and they must be handed into the Willyama Visual Arts Centre which is located opposite the Visitors Information Centre.

“Artworks themselves must be delivered to the Willyama Visual Arts Centre by April 12.

“The ten-day period between entry forms being handed in and then artworks being delivered allows us time to type up a catalogue, to know what entries we’re going to have. 

“But also for artists to provide us a little spiel about their work which gives them some context. 

“After the competition finishes, there’ll be an exhibition of the artworks from April 18 until June 2, where they’ll be displayed at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre.

“The Heritage Festival will kick off with a light show on the Trades Hall building on April 18th, and the art exhibition will be opening on the same night at 6pm at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre.

“I encourage Broken Hill artists to enter. We want lots of entries and we’re looking forward to seeing the creativity of our local artists and how they choose to interpret the theme.”

Entry forms for the Silver Dreams and Red Dust art competition can be picked up at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre, Council’s Administration Centre, the Library and the Regional Art Gallery.  

An entry fee of $5 will also apply, and all forms must be sent to the WVA Centre by 3pm on April 2, and then paintings by April 12.

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