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Council plans region-wide Street Art Competition to beautify towns

Longreach Regional Council is preparing to unveil a street art competition with the aim of introducing new public art to the region’s communities.

An upcoming Beginners Wire Sculpture Workshop will serve as the catalyst for the Street Art Competition in which the three major cash winning entries will be gifted to Council in return for the prize monies offered. The retained entries will then be used to add to the streetscape and beautify townships in the region. Other sculptures in the competition can be gifted to Council for community display or sold publically on the day of judging.

Mayor Ed Warren said with the gifting of the ‘Around the Campfire’ series from the Queensland Government, the time is right for communities in the region to benefit from additional art installations. 

“The state has gifted us the ‘Around the Campfire’ sculptures which were created for Expo ’88. They’re being installed on Eagle Street this month and they’ll make a big difference once they’re there.

“You only have to look at what a difference Cocky Bignell has made in Isisford with the fantastic giant Yellowbelly to see the value of public art. We want to encourage more people to create works that hold significance and bring meaning to our public spaces.”

Council has engaged Jericho artist Milynda Rogers to hold free Beginners Wire Sculpture Workshops where participants will make simple wire sculptures for walls, gardens or larger sculptural pieces. The workshops will upskill participants in the art of sculpture making so they can develop artwork for the Street Art Competition.

The competition will open following the workshop and run for three months to allow artists to develop and create their artwork for submission. Three cash prizes are on offer - $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for a Peoples Choice section with votes cast by the community to determine a winner on judging day, Saturday 10 November.

The Beginners Wire Sculpture Workshop will be held at the Longreach Show Grounds with two options for people wanting to attend – Saturday 4 or Sunday 5 August. The workshop is free to attend but there are strictly limited places – anyone interested in participating should reserve a place immediately by contacting Council on (07) 4658 4111.

Entires now open:

Download the entry form here!