Coraki ready for big Art Prize
THE festivals of the Northern Rivers define our cities and towns.
Lismore has the Lantern Parade, Casino has Beef Week, Nimbin the MardiGrass, and Coraki has its Art Prize.
While Coraki recently hit the headlines because of a local resident in the Big Brother house, the annual Art Prize brings the community together in many different ways.
The Coraki Art Prize has something for everyone in the community - from the wonderful workshops run at Coraki Public School by internationally renowned artist Digby Moran, to the hilarious quiz nights hosted by political statesman Senator John Faulkner, to opening night and the exhibition, and artworks in a wide range of media.
In winning last year's Richmond Valley Community Event of the Year, the Art Prize was described as "the glue that binds a community together", and it's all work done by volunteers.
The social contributions the Coraki Art Prize makes are enormous - in particular, the workshops where young people learn from established artists.
Art Prize committee chair, the indefatigable Melva Thompson, said people understood the community harmony the Art Prize fostered.
"The event has become an important part of the fabric of the area," she said.
The quiz night, the event's major fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, September 29.
Entries for the Art Prize close October 17, with opening night and announcement of the awards on October 26 at the Coraki Conference Centre.
Find out more by emailing @corakiartprize.com.au