CORAKI Art Prize committee member Melva Thompson with entry River Red Gums by Juriaan Beek.
CORAKI Art Prize committee member Melva Thompson with entry River Red Gums by Juriaan Beek. Patrick Gorbunovs

Art show is a special one

FOR a small town, Coraki is good at pulling a crowd ... of art lovers.

In its 15th year, the Coraki Art Prize will take on a different character for a special Australia Day Art Prize being held in addition to the annual Art Prize in October.

The Australia Day Coraki Art Prize will be a sectionless art show. However, it will still retain the character of a country art show, being hosted at Brandon Hall in Coraki.

The show is set to receive a warm welcome back this year after organisers were forced to cancel last year's prize after Coraki Art Prize director Melva Thompson was in rehabilitation from a debilitating series of strokes.

But, like Mrs Thompson, the show is back with bang and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

"As I had the break from the show because of my illness, when I came back to it I thought we'd try a new idea," Mrs Thompson said.

"We decided to have a sectionless show so that any artist, not matter which media, could win best in show."

Despite the fact there will be no prizes for different sections, the Coraki Art Prize committee has donated $1000, which will be awarded to best in show.

Second prize will be $300.

And in another change, the show will be held over the Australia Day weekend in conjunction with Coraki's role in hosting Richmond Valley Council's Australia Day celebrations for 2014.

"We wanted the show to be part of the Australia Day celebrations as a way to give back to the community," Mrs Thompson said.

"Saturday will be a nice day to come to the show when it's quieter, while we're expecting Sunday to be busier."

The Anglican Church committee will be providing a light lunch and Devonshire tea on both days for a small cost

 

Coraki art Prize

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26, from 10am-4pm

Where: Brandon Hall, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Coraki

Cost: Entry to the show is free and there is no commission on art sales, as a celebration of Australia Day.



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