Award-winning local artist to host free workshops for kids

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2016 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition First Place Section Two: 'Crab Classic' by Connor Randles (2015)

Award-winning local artist to host free workshops for kids

Gladstone Region primary school students can attend one of three free workshops with award-winning local artist, Ping Carlyon, in December.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the workshops were designed to help youngsters prepare an entry for Gladstone Regional Council's 2017 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition.

Basic materials will be provided with participants to take along their own art gear and creative ideas.

Workshops will be held from 10.30am to noon on December 12 at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, December 14 at the Miriam Vale Community Centre and on December 16 at the Calliope Community Centre.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning the Gallery & Museum on 4976 6766.

"The competition attracts hundreds of submissions each year and entries are then displayed at various venues across Gladstone from January to March," Councillor Burnett said.

Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the contest was open to all Gladstone Region primary school students.

"The competition ties in with our Australia Day celebrations and encourages our younger generations to draw, paint or collage an aspect of Australia that they believe is iconic," Cr Bush said.

Competition entry forms are available at the Gallery & Museum, Gladstone Regional Libraries, Council venues and offices and online at

A limit of one entry per student applies with submissions required by 4pm on Friday, December 16.

Winners will be announced at Council's 2017 Australia Day Family Fun Day at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands, on January 26 with prizes for the winning artist in each age group.

Six award winning works will then be printed as 2017 Gladstone Region Australia Day complimentary commemorative postcards and will be available during the celebrations and exhibitions.