2020 Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition: Phoenix

The Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition is an annual exhibition proudly presented by the Western Downs Galleries Committee. In 2020 the exhibition is hosted by Gallery 107 @ Dalby.   

The impact of compounding national and global events – unprecedented drought, bushfires and now a global pandemic have had a profound effect on the entire Australian community. This year artists were asked to seek inspiration and respond to the ancient myth of the Phoenix rising from the ashes as seen through the lens of personal, community or environmental transformation from death and destruction to new life.  

HOSTING GALLERY
Gallery 107 @ Dalby  

EXHIBITION OPENS 
Saturday 7 November, 5.30pm  

EXHIBITION DATES 
9 November – 12 December 2020  

Click here to book your ticket

***COVID-19 Precautions*** 
Numbers are strictly limited. Every person attending, regardless of age must have a ticket. 

Image caption: Carol McCormack | Gulf blues 2018 | Acrylic on stretched canvas | 400mm x 400mm 


Image courtesey Alicia Streten

Fast Four with Alicia Streten

Emerging artist Alicia Streten answered Fast Four questions about her arts practice and experience of entering in the Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition.

Q1. Tell us about yourself and your arts practice.

My name is Alicia Streten, I am a 20-year-old digital and traditional artist based in Chinchilla. Much of my traditional work is strongly focused around Baroque style portraiture, and I hope to one day master the style. As far as my digital work goes, I am more varied in my approach, and currently I am working on several pixel art landscapes.  

Q2. What does it mean to you as an artist entering the Regional Artists’ Exhibition?

As an artist, I always jump at the chance to exhibit my work to the general public. I really enjoy the candid feedback I receive from both artists and the public alike; I feel it helps me improve as an artist. Following on from that, the Regional Artists’ Exhibition granted me an opportunity to interact with other local artists who I may otherwise not.  

Q3. Tell us about your experience entering the Regional Artists’ Exhibition.

As with many contests and exhibitions I have entered, the first stumbling block is self-doubt. I almost didn’t enter my work as I didn’t believe it was good enough to be displayed. I don’t think I am alone in this attitude, but as they say, ‘A chance not taken is an opportunity missed.’ (Ken Petti) 

When I finally mustered the courage to enter my work, I found the process was quite simple, and the curators were very responsive to my questions and concerns. From the delivery to the collection of work, it was handled with care and professionalism, which is always a bonus.  

Another thing that set this exhibition apart from others was the quality of the opening event. Many of the artists were acknowledged for their works, even those who did not win prizes, which I appreciated, because a winning piece is not inherently better than the others, and the hard work of all artists deserves acknowledgement.  

Q4. Would you recommend other artists, emerging or established to enter the Regional Artists’ Exhibition?

I would absolutely recommend the Regional Artists’ Exhibition to all artists, established or emerging. It provides a great opportunity to exhibit your work, challenge yourself and grow both your skill and confidence. There is no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go and enter. 


Christopher Rigg with sculpture

Image courtesey Christopher Rigg

Fast Four with Christopher Rigg

Artist Christopher Rigg answered Fast Four questions about his arts practice and experience of entering in the Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition.

Q1. Tell us about yourself and your arts practice.

I graduated from Newcastle art school in 1988 after three years with a major in sculpture. My favourite teacher was the sculptor Lawrence Beck and if you’ve ever been to Broken Hill and seen the sculptures in the desert, you would be familiar with his work. He also organised a symposium at Wondabyne in NSW.

I spent most of 1989 sitting on the beach and realised that I really should start looking for a job and as such joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1990. I discharged from the navy after 21 years’ service and took up a position at a local Western Downs power station. Whilst at sea I continued to keep sketch books and design T shirts and patches for the crew however never seriously returned to creating art until I moved to Chinchilla in 2011.

My arts practice involves abstract works on paper in pen, and pencil and timber carved sculpture, and is highly influenced by my time at sea.

Q2. What does it mean to you as an artist entering the Regional Artists’ Exhibition?

I first placed an entry into the Western Downs Regional Art Prize in 2016 and was highly commended on my entry for that year. It was quite rewarding to be recognised in this way and helped motivate me towards making more work. I held my first two-man exhibition not long after that competition.

Q3. Tell us about your experience entering the Regional Artists’ Exhibition.

Making art is a very personal thing to do and putting your art out in the public can be very daunting. I find the Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition to be a small but not insignificant forum to put yourself into. The galleries are very supportive and extremely helpful and the staff at Dogwood Crossing, Miles readily assisted me with my first entry in creating an artist biography and statement.

Q4. Would you recommend other artists, emerging or established to enter the Regional Artists’ Exhibition?

I would absolutely encourage local artists to participate in this exhibition as it gets you out of your comfort zone. It can be an isolated experience creating art, alone in your studio and a competition like this can help you connect with other likeminded creatives in our locality.


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