Local artist highly commended in national award
  • Friday 05 August 2011

The winner of the Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship national contemporary 3D art prize, presented by the Sunshine Coast Council, was announced last night.

Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan presented Ange Leech from Victoria with the overall winner award and Shannon Garson from Maleny with the Highly Commended award.

"The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the winner to undertake study or training interstate or overseas. This may be through a recognised art institution, participation in short-term workshops or study with a nominated artist," Councillor Brennan said.

Ange Leech was thrilled with the win and said that her winning work, Booth 1. ‘Not without my Carby’ is an interactive sculpture.

"Viewers are invited to place their hands into gloves so that they can assemble and reassemble the work," Ange said.

"The prize will enable me to attend a puppet-making course in Prague and receive guidance in traditional wood working techniques such as carving and designing as well as attending lectures and performances."

Maleny based artist Shannon Garson is well known for her delicate porcelain vessels decorated with lively drawings. Her winning pieced entitled, Wallum Mapping – Diurnal Variation is from a body of mixed media work inspired by the Wallum Swamp eco-system.

"There is so much to be learnt through simply observing the world and being aware of the physical elements that surround us," Shannon said.

The Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship for 2011 is currently being exhibited at the Noosa Regional Gallery until 11 September, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit www.travellingscholarship.com.au