Mayoress joins Gold Coast art award judging panel

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The Gold Coast’s longest running painting prize is back with a prominent judging panel consisting of a first lady, a renowned artist and the director of a prominent gallery to judge artist submissions from around Australia.

Now in its nineteenth year, The Doyles Art Award and Exhibition has become the Gold Coast’s most established and highly anticipated painting prize with the calibre of its judging panel reflecting this.

Event Director Gillian Grove says The Doyles team are thrilled to host three incredible judges who each bring a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience to the awards.

“The judges are made up of renowned Australian art afficionados, including Mayoress Ruth Tate, internationally acclaimed artist Richard Claremont and Gallery One Director Leanne Pearce,” says Ms Grove.

“The artworks displayed are exceptional and reflect the talent and creativity of the artists who have submitted their works and we are encouraging everyone to come and visit the exhibition and show their support for the art community,”

The exhibition is open from 15 to 25 June, 10am to 5pm at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, 62 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba.

“Our landscape category boasts a $20,000 first prize, which is double from last year and with a $30,000 prize pool, so this is our biggest year yet,” says Ms Grove.

“The increased award fund reflects the event’s commitment to supporting and celebrating artists and we hope this prize money will go a long way towards supporting and recognising talent.

“There are also award categories for school-aged artists as well as a new All Ability Award – which goes to show that everyone is welcome to come along, participate and celebrate all that is wonderful about art.”

Named after famous Australian artist d’Arcy William Doyle, the prestigious award is the Gold Coast’s longest running painting prize and carries a prize pool of $30,000 across its three competition categories – Landscape, Figurative and Still Life.

The Doyles Art Award has attracted a number of high-calibre sponsors which have been instrumental in the increase in prize money including Bond University, Attwood Marshall Lawyers and SkyRidge Living.

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