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REGIONAL ART AWARD: Our entry

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NOTE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

One of our Artists Survey Books has been uploaded on the Queensland Regional Art Awards website.

The ‘People’s Choice’ judging is based on an online viewing and voting system. For those unfamiliar with these little books they present a humorous and ironic view of the challenging issues facing regional artists. This book deals with issues associated with being a regional artist during the current extractive mining boom.

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SO – Please check out the book as described in this post.

THEN, go to the website – at the link below – scroll down the artists name list on the right-hand side of the website. We are under “V” for Victoria at the very bottom of the list. 

Here is the link: NOTE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED-THE LINK IS STILL ACTIVE AND SHOWS THE ENTRIES

http://www.flyingarts.org.au/QRAA-2012-Gallery-The-Essential-Character-of-Queensland-ga2543.html.

The cover of the Artists Survey book

The book cover with exploration ‘holes’

Open text pages showing comments on mining and the community

Unfolded showing texts and illustration of extractive industries effect on southern Queensland

Some of the texts, there are 20 in all, are as follows:

  1. Instead of Weetbix or Cocoa Pops and milk for breakfast you have coal grits.
  2. When you can’t afford your power bill you cook using coal spill gleaned from railway lines and roads.
  3. Your farming friends can’t ship their produce to cities and ports as all freight options are biased towards the year-round transport of coal.
  4. Your art exhibitions opening crowds are split between the tradies and the drillers drinking your beer and their managers drinking your wine – neither buy your art.
  5. All of your rustic old community pubs have been remodeled into nite clubs and commodious verandahs enclosed to stop drunks throwing up – tossing bottles – or falling off onto the pavement below.
  6. The occasional distant thunder that you once may have thought be an approaching storm now turns out to be the constant thunder of B-Double trucks shipping coal.
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Written by Cooper+Spowart

August 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

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