Local artist designs trophy to represent community
  • Saturday 09 November 2013

Local artist, Kim Guthrie has been commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council to design and construct the 2014 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award.

Kim Guthrie has lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast for 27 years and is a multi-skilled artist whose practice involves photography, sculpture and painting.

Kim said he is excited to have been selected to design the prestigious Sunshine Coast Australia Day trophy.

“I chose the Bunya Pine because it’s endemic to this region and for its instantly recognisable silhouette,” he said.

“The Award, which is made from timber and metal, was designed to be inclusive of all people in our spectacularly beautiful and richly diverse region.

“The inclusiveness is what informed the choice of this iconic species of Australian flora for my trophy design and I’m hopeful that all people embrace this spirit of coming together with acceptance of all nationalities and beliefs in contemporary Australia - as one dynamic community.”

Each winner in the seven categories of the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards will receive one of the beautifully designed art pieces at the Awards ceremony, hosted by Mayor Mark Jamieson, on Friday 24 January 2014.

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are an opportunity to publicly recognise and honour the achievements of citizens who have made an outstanding contribution to the region.

“And what better way to acknowledge and reward these outstanding efforts than with a piece of art designed by one of our talented local artists,” he said.

“I encourage residents to nominate the individuals and organisations in our community that work to make the region a better place that we can publicly acknowledge and celebrate their contribution on Australia Day via this formal, highly respected, awards program.”

Nominations are being sought for the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year sponsored by Seven Local News
  • Young Citizen of the Year sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Senior Citizen of the Year sponsored by Maroochy RSL
  • Community Group or Organisation sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
  • Creative
  • Environment sponsored by Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast
  • Sport and Recreation sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Nominations close 13 December 2013 and entries can be completed online, downloaded from council’s website or picked up from customer service centres, libraries, Sunshine Coast University and TAFE.

For more information visit council’s website or email ausdayawards@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.