Artworks on display awaiting announcement of primary school winners
The works of finalists in Gladstone Regional Council's 2017 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition are on display at the Visitors Centre Gallery at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens until January 31.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said 15 schools had participated in the competition with 227 entries received.
"Thank you to our region's younger students who keenly and creatively expressed their thoughts and ideas about Australia," Councillor Burnett said.
Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said there had been a great response to the competition which was now in its 11th year.
"Exhibited works feature drawings, paintings or collages of an aspect of Australia that the young artists' believe is iconic," Cr Bush said.
"Through their art our younger generations have provided us with a window to their thoughts and it is interesting to see their vivid interpretations of Australia."
The competition was judged by Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Curator Jo Duke with winners to be announced at Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day on January 26 at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands.
"The challenge to judge the artworks was certainly not easy due to the quantity and quality of the artworks received," Cr Bush said.
"Six artworks will be selected to be printed on commemorative postcards as part of Australia Day 2017 celebrations."
Following the exhibition at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens, the artworks will then be displayed at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum from February 2 to 28 and at the Leo Zussino Building, CQUniversity Gladstone Marina Campus from March 6 to 31.