Kimba Art Prize ready to set sail

ARTISTS: 2017 Local Artist winner Steve Rigg with Kimba silo artist Cam Scale at the 2017 exhibition.
ARTISTS: 2017 Local Artist winner Steve Rigg with Kimba silo artist Cam Scale at the 2017 exhibition.

The 2019 Kimba Art Prize is set to showcase 170 entries from 70 different artists when it opens next week.

The three week exhibition will be officially opened on Friday, October 11 at a gala opening evening at the town hall, where judge Kirsty Jamieson will be announcing the four winning entries.

Kay Cottee, the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world, has been invited to officially open the event.

Ms Cottee is also an accomplished artist herself, as well as a motivational speaker.

Art Prize team member Pat Beinke said she thought the quality of this year's entries would set a challenge for the judge.

"Helping curate artworks of this standard is incredibly exciting and I don't envy the judge's role of choosing the winning entries."

Attendees at the gala opening will also have a chance to get involved in the judging, casting votes for a People's Choice Award winner.

Team member Heather Baldock said the opening night was just the start of a long list of highlights for the exhibition this year.

"The gallery will be open daily for everyone to enjoy the talent at their leisure," she said.

"The event's Artist in Residence component will feature the very talented Karen Carr who will lead the creation of a public mosaic featuring the iconic native flora and fauna of the Kimba region.

"Karen's talent has created some quirky critters celebrating their native habitat."

Ms Carr, who worked with the Kimba Area School earlier this year as part of Dream Big festivities, will be running mosaic workshops for school art students and the wider public over nine days during the three week exhibition.

Those attending the workshops, regardless of skill level, will be able to take part in the construction of the public mosaic, which will then be installed permanently in the Memorial Gardens outside the town hall.