SHOWCASE: Curator Shanna is busy hanging the 250 entries before this year's Brigalow Arts Festival opens tomorrow.
SHOWCASE: Curator Shanna is busy hanging the 250 entries before this year's Brigalow Arts Festival opens tomorrow. Contributed

Emerging talents showcased at Brigalow Arts Festival

THE TALENTS of budding local artists will be on display tomorrow night at the opening of the Banana Shire's longstanding visual art awards.

Presented by the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association, the annual Brigalow Arts Festival shines a light on the work of central Queensland's leading artists.

For more than 40 years, the festival has celebrated art of outstanding quality and depth, which is hung, judged, and admired throughout the four-week showing each October.

This year's festival attracted 250 submissions across a 12 categories including photography, fine art, textile, sculpture, jewellery, three dimensional and decorative art.

Brigalow has carved out a reputation for unearthing and nurturing talented individuals, providing the inspiration and exposure amateurs need to launch themselves into a promising artistic career.

Banana Shire Art Gallery Association president Alan McTaggart said the volunteer organisation's mission was to encourage the development of the region's up-and-coming artists.

"We have some really top quality local artists that are turning out incredible work,” he said.

"The festival is the highlight of our calendar. It's a big a step up and the show is presented really professionally.

"Entries must have been created within the last 12 months, so it's all totally new.

"We have incredible support from our corporate sponsors with prize money totalling $10000.”

The artwork will be appraised by qualified judge, Rockhampton's Mark Coombe, who is in the process of running the rule over the entries.

The winners will be announced at the official presentation, starting 6pm at Friday evening's opening.

In keeping with their commitment to kickstarting the careers of burgeoning artists, the winner of the Emerging category will receive a scholarship to the University of Southern Queensland's McGregor Arts Retreat.

The Toowoomba program is the longest running regional visual arts workshop, providing a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the state's most creative minds.

To be eligible, entrants must not have won a prize at a major art competition.

The cultural celebration kicks off on Friday, October 12, from 5.30pm at the Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery.

There will be light refreshments served by Biloela State High School Hospitality Students and live music by Saxophnic, Dell Hodgson and Annette Rideout.

Tickets are availale at the door: $10 for Adults and $5 for Concession card holders. Free for students, sponsors and entrants.