TALENT ROUNDUP: The Rotary Art Spectacular is encouraging rural artists to enter their work in this year's exhibition.
TALENT ROUNDUP: The Rotary Art Spectacular is encouraging rural artists to enter their work in this year's exhibition. Contributed

Rotary puts out the call for talented rural artists

INVITATIONS have been all but abolished at Queensland's most prestigious art exhibition, and rural artists have a chance to get inside the gallery doors of the Rotary Art Spectacular.

The show has opened submissions to any and all artists for the first time in its 40-year history, and organisers are encouraging people from regional and rural areas to enter.

Rotary Art Spectacular curator Brett Lethbridge said the emphasis on getting rural artists to enter submissions has to do with their charity partner, the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

"For the Rotary show, the decision to open up submissions to all and call for rural artists was about who they were supporting as a charity,” Mr Lethbridge said.

"It just made sense when we are supporting the RFDS in Queensland, because of the connections the flying doctors have to rural communities.”

Organisers had also decided it was time to expand the exhibition

"Because the show has been going for 40 years, they had developed a list of artists they knew and whose work they had shown,” he said.

"But there needed to be a situation where there are new people coming through all the time, because after 40 years some of the artists are deciding to retire or step away.

"So, this year, wanted give a big push to introduce some new aesthetics and a new look in to the show.”

Each year, the exhibition has offered artists the opportunity to be awarded $12,000 in prize money, while also raising more than $2million for charities and community causes.

Registration for artists is currently open, with submissions due by Friday, March 22.


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