Gallery & Museum adds GPC winning art work to local art collection
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM) will add an award-winning art work, generously gifted by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), to its local art collection.
Bundaberg Tugs by Susan Draney was recently selected as the 2017 winning entry in the Open Category of GPC's Paint the Port art competition and was acquired by GPC.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said GRAGM was pleased to partner with GPC supporting the organisation's ongoing investment in the development of arts and culture in the Gladstone Region.
"Ms Draney's work will be a great addition to the permanent collection and Gallery & Museum staff and volunteers look forward to taking stewardship responsibility for it," Councillor Burnett said.
GPC People and Community General Manager Rowen Winsor said local artists had enthusiastically responded to GPC's Paint the Port art competition with a record 46 artworks submitted.
Local amateur and professional artists from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions were invited to present their interpretation of the port or a harbour related theme celebrating the mix of industrial landscape and beautiful waterfront parkland facilities around the operational areas.
"The port is such a prolific part of the Gladstone community and it is great to see the community perception captured on a canvas," Ms Winsor said.
Gladstone Regional Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said donation of the art work by GPC would enhance GRAGM's local art collection highlighting the talent of artists in Central Queensland.
"GPC's Paint the Port art competition attracted strong interest from local artists and it is very exciting for GRAGM to add this donation to the community collection," Cr Bush said.
2017 Paint the Port winning category artworks will be on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum until Saturday, May 6.