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Art At The Heart Of Our Community

Story: Story Brooke Jacobson Photo Paul Neil
Jun 28, 2018
Art At The Heart  Of Our Community

rtists of the 4017 and beyond are sharpening their pencils and cleaning their brushes in anticipation of the annual Artrageous community exhibition.

The competition, now in its sixth year, opens on July 13 and calls are currently being made for entries.

Artrageous resident artist Shane Rodwell said the competition had expanded.

“Originally it was just for artists who lived in the 4017 postcode, but we have expanded it to include artists who are affiliated with the Artrageous community arts centre,” he said.

“We find the competition is a great way to engage with the community, and also to nurture emerging artists. And it’s a way for people who have a passion for art to climb up another rung on the ladder.”

The judge for this year’s competition is Christine Atkins. Christine paints in oil and is also a notable pastel artist. Her work includes lino prints, pen and ink and charcoal drawings. Christine has won numerous awards for her paintings, and her work has been published in many artists’ books and magazines.

“This is a really accessible competition, for artists and the community,” Shane said.

“ We do have a lot of professional artists who enter, and there are those who enter who may not make a living from art, but they’re passionate about it.”

The winner of the competition receives a solo exhibition of their work at Gallery 4017 in Loftus Street, Deagon, which will be held in June next year.

Last year’s winner Marietta Hanaghan currently has her exhibition of watercolours titled ‘Water.Logged’ on show.

“The competition is also a fundraiser,” Shane said.

“We are a not-for-profit, non-funded organisation and, as far as I know, we are the only artistic organisation like it in Australia.”

Entries in the Community 4017 Exhibition must be delivered to the gallery at 82-88 Loftus Street, Deagon by 3pm on Tuesday, July 10.

The winner will be announced on opening night, on Friday, July 13 at 6.30pm. Members of the public are also invited to attend opening night.

For more information, contact Artrageous Community Arts and Crafts Centre on: 3269 1535 or email: