Great South East showcases Coast's art
  • Thursday 24 July 2014
Letters in Water by finalist Miles Allen

When Channel Seven’s Great South East goes to air on Sunday, August 3, the region can expect an influx of Queenslanders eager to discover the Sunshine Coast’s arts and culture scene.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was delighted to hear the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize had attracted the attention of the Great South East program which airs each Sunday at 5.30pm.

“Laurel Edwards, presenter of this popular program, could see the potential of the Sunshine Coast being a preferred arts and culture destination,” Cr McKay said.

“Laurel was treated to a personal viewing at the Caloundra Regional Gallery of some of the outstanding artworks which have been named as finalists in the prestigious 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

“The crew then made its way up the idyllic scenic roads to Maleny to visit Arley Farm which is offering one of the enticing prizes of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize – a two week residency.

“They also visited internationally renowned Flaxton artist Miles Allen, a previous Art Prize finalist, and Maleny artist Joanne Turner’s Studio 33.

Joanne is one of the 40 finalists, chosen from more than 300 entries, vying for the $20,000 in prizes at this year’s awards. The 40 finalists’ work will be on display at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from Wednesday, August 27 to Sunday, October 26.

"So make sure you tune into Channel 7’s Great South East at 5.30pm on August 3 and be proud as our beautiful region is showcased as a holiday destination which not only offers pristine beaches, subtropical forests and warm sunshine but is also bursting at the seams with a rich culture of artistic talent and prestigious Art Prize opportunities.”

For more details on the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit council’s gallery website - www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.