Girt By Sea Sculpture Festival.

Russell Island Community Arts (RICArts) together with Girt by Sea Art and Sculpture Exhibition

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 The Gallery of Modern Art is giving support to the Girt by Sea Sculpture Exhibition to be held between March 11 and March 19, 2017, in the form of judges, curators from Australian Art – Peter McKay and Diane Moon.
The icon of Queensland Art is providing judges for the Redlands and Islands event that is continuing to grow in stature.
“I am delighted the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is getting behind our event. It adds so much to it and augers well for the future,” Cr Mark Edwards said.
Sculptors and artists are entering for the expanded Girt by Sea event.
“For the sculpture section it is an open event, and for the art prizes this year, it is limited to Southern Moreton Bay Island entries only.
“However, I am pleased to announce that from next year, 2018 the art section will be expanded to include all the islands, including Coochiemudlo and North Stradbroke Island,” Mr Edwards said.
“I know artists from those islands are a little disappointed this year, and I hope this corrects that anomaly.”
Overall, there will be $74,000 in prize money, making it the most lucrative artistic prize of its type in Australia.
Existing or new works can be entered in the ‘Girt By Sea’ Sculpture Exhibition.
The Exhibition is an acquisition program with four separate acquisitions of  $8000 each and three of $14,000 each, held between March 11 to 19 March 2017.
The breakdown of the prizes are:
Painting Section. The following prizes are available to participating artists: a) Ten artists will be awarded a prize of $500; b) Five artists will be awarded a prize of $1000; c) Two artists will be awarded a prize of $2500; and d) One artist will be awarded a prize of $5000. A total of $20,000 in acquisition prizes and an additional $500 for people’s choice award.
Sculpture Section. a) Four artists will be awarded a prize of $8000; and b) Three artists will be awarded a prize of $14,000. A total of $74,000 in acquisition prizes and an additional $2500 in best exhibit and people's choice awards.
Together the combined prize money of about $100,000 will make the "Girt by Sea" exhibition a real highlight on the Australian Arts calendar and a feather in the cap for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

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