EP artists encouraged to showcase at Kimba

Kimba's Art Prize and Exhibition to be held in October hopes to attract artists from all across the Eyre Peninsula this year, and are appealing for those thinking of entering to do so before the deadline on September 6.

The Art Prize and Exhibition in 2017. Image supplied.

The Art Prize and Exhibition in 2017. Image supplied.

The Art Prize has nearly double the prize money than last year, with the overall winner to be awarded $2000, and $1000 a piece to be awarded to best Fine Art and best Photography.

$300 will be awarded for the Local Artist Prize to someone from Kimba's postcode area, and $200 will be awarded to the People's Choice.

Art Prize team member Barb Woolford said the exhibition this year had been extended to three weeks.

"This year the exhibition has been extended to three weeks to accommodate the widespread interest the event generates and fully appreciate the fabulous talent on show," she said.

"An additional highlight this year will be the Artist in Residence component with Eyre Peninsula artist Karen Carr running community workshops over a nine day period to create Kimba's latest public artwork; a mosaic of local iconic native species," she said.

Last year the Kimba Art Prize attracted about a thousand people to the gallery over its 12-day exhibit, and featured about 200 works of art.

This year the event will kick-off with a Gala Opening on October 11, with all five winners announced on the night and South Australian art judge Kirsty Jamieson in attendance to talk about some of the artworks on show.

To enter your artwork into the art prize before September 6, fill out an entry form available at www.kimba.sa.gov.au, visit the Kimba Art Prize Facebook page or contact Maree Barford on 0424 745 176.