This ever growing art collection, including works by local primary school aged students, was initiated in 2006 with the first ever Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition, presented in 2007. The collection is inspired by 'who and what' makes Australia great, featuring a range of colourful and imaginative artworks. Since inauguration, the Gallery & Museum has received thousands of vibrant submissions, with the finalists of the annual competition announced at the Gladstone Region Council's Australia Day celebrations, each year.
After multiple exhibitions at Gladstone Regional Council venues each year, a selection of fourteen finalist works tour to Saiki City, Japan for a display in the Gladstone Region's Sister City. Each entry is digitised and stored in the Gallery & Museum's digital vault.
In December 2016, a pop up public artwork was installed in Gladstone CBD, featuring 60 of the competition's winners from the past 10 years and in 2018, a pop up public artwork was installed at the Agnes Water Library, featuring the 60 finalists of 2018. The online catalogues of images are available below, as well entry forms for the 2021 presentation.
Follow the link to the 2021 virtual workshop details: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/programs-events/2021-celebrate-australia-primary-school-art-competition and for more news about the 2021 project visit: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/news/call-for-entries-2021-celebrate-australia-primary-school-art-competition and http://gragm.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/2021-celebrate-australia