Nyngan artists encouraged to enter 2018 Outback Archies art prize and exhibition

WINNER: 'The Shearer' by James Kerarns, winner of the 2017. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

WINNER: 'The Shearer' by James Kerarns, winner of the 2017. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Artists from Far Western NSW and surrounding areas are invited to enter the 2018 Outback Archies.

The Outback Archies, now in its eighth year,  is an annual art prize and exhibition organised by the regional arts organisation for the far west, Outback Arts. 

This popular exhibition and art prize is all about celebrating the colour, creativity and spirit of our communities across the Far West.

This year sees the new and exciting changes of 2017 continue such as new categories and bigger prizes involving exhibition and mentoring opportunities.

Outback Arts has also partnered with neighbouring arts boards Arts North West and West Darling Arts to offer emerging regional artists in those areas the opportunity to be involved in such a high profile event.

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Entries are open to works in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics.

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Open (including painting, drawing, print-making and etching), Photography, Sculpture (including glass art and wood and metalwork), and the new addition of a Ceramics category.

Prizes are also awarded to the most Outstanding Indigenous Artist as well as a prize for People’s Choice.

If you’re an artist living in the Shire areas of Broken Hill, Central Darling, Bourke, Cobar, Brewarrina, Bogan, Walgett, Warren, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Warrumbungle, Narrabri, Wentworth and Moree Plains get your entry form ready and enter today.

Communications and Projects Officer for Outback Arts, Eliza Walters, says that the art prize has evolved to suit the growing needs of the regions artists. 

“It’s a unique example of how strong the arts community is in rural NSW,” she said.

“The Archies is about providing that space and support to showcase the talented artists in our region and I think its reputation is reflected in the level of support received from entrants, sponsors and audience alike.”

“Thank you to our local sponsors for getting behind our annual art prize including our major sponsors North West Vets, Waterford Ryan Solicitors, Landmark Coonamble, CJ’s Country Kitchen, Coonamble Supa IGA. We would also like to thank Western Herald, Coonamble Times and Outback Radio 2WEB for their support,” she said.

The Outback Archies exhibition is to be held in Coonamble at Outback Arts’ new Creative Arts Centre from September 24 to October 26.

Applications are open now until Thursday August 30. Entry forms are available from outbackarts.com.au or on request at admin@outbackarts.com.au or 02 6822 2484.