Clunes artist Katka Adams has donated a $1500 people’s choice award.
Clunes artist Katka Adams has donated a $1500 people’s choice award. Jacklyn Wagner

Boost for region's art

A CASUAL conversation in the Trinity Catholic College canteen has led to the decision to offer a major art prize of $10,000 in the inaugural Wilson Visual Arts Award.

The exhibition will be held at Trinity in August.

Entries are open from April 16 and any Australian citizen can send in an entry.

Works in any medium will be considered, including painting, photography, sculpture, glass work and jewellery.

"The exhibition itself is a work in progress," committee member Suzette Pearce told The Northern Star.

"We're still nutting out the details and seeking sponsorship for the major award.

"It will be non-acquisitive and we decided to start out with a big prize to attract as many artists as possible."

Ms Pearce said Trinity used to hold an annual arts and crafts fair and had a strong reputation in the arts, particularly the standards achieved by its HSC students.

"A few of us got talking in the canteen one day and we decided to put together an all-inclusive arts award as a community event under the auspices of Trinity Catholic College and in particular for the Northern Rivers arts community.

"We knew the Lismore Regional Art Gallery was struggling and were saddened when the funding to reproduce Margaret Olley's art studio went to the Tweed gallery instead of Lismore.

"We wanted to do something for Lismore in addition to the annual portrait prize.

"We've had support from Brett Adlington at the regional art gallery, as well as from Arts Northern Rivers and Southern Cross University.

"NBN TV and The Northern Star have offered sponsorship for our publicity."

Entries will be judged by art curator Peter McKay of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Entries open April 16 and close June 22. The exhibition will be held on August 23-25.

There will be a $1500 people's choice award offered by Clunes artist Katka Adams.

Terms and conditions and entry forms are at