Toowoomba's Mayor, Paul Antonio, welcomed over 100 attendees to the opening of the 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition.
Exhibits of the 17 award-winning emerging artists can be enjoyed at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for the next month. Being honoured are the most promising artists who possess 'bold ambition' including Donna Mitchell, Caroline Austen, Karri McPherson and Charlotte Tegan. These artists were selected for awards from over 150 artists. From around south-east Queensland, they have been busy finding out what is on people's minds, to express that in art.
Local artists are exploring new modes of practice. Awards went to those who have developed a clear area of interest and a body of work. Supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council, the selected works will also be included in 2019 Crates on Wheels tour.
Over 100 attended to see works by Donna Mitchell and others at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Donna Mitchell spoke at the opening award ceremony. Her paintings capture a sense of character in her subjects and celebrate connections between people. Donna explained that she felt privileged to paint some members of the community. She hopes her work will inspire reflection on relationships and the resilience of the human spirit. Her collection of paintings were completed within one year.
Donna's searched Toowoomba for a homeless subject and this search took her to the Toowoomba City Church's soup kitchen where she met 'Nat' of Homeless for a Night fame. Getting to know the stories of the homeless was important to Donna, so some of the gallery exhibit is to prompt viewers to remember those less fortunate.
Portrait of Cameron, by Donna Mitchell, shows engagement in colour, line, reduction in form and sensually painted surface.
The Biennial Emerging Artist Award follows the direction set by the previous biennial in which artists were invited to express the concepts prevalent within their practices. In this way artist's works lead the project curation and reveal surprising connections between works.
You can see the exhibition for the next month at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.