The people have spoken
  • Friday 02 September 2011

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize and the Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship are celebrating their last exhibiting week by announcing the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.

Presented annually by the Sunshine Coast Council,, the national contemporary art awards announced the favourite works as chosen by visitors to each of the galleries.

After eight weeks of voting Pei Pei He was named People’s Choice Winner for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and received $2,500 from People’s Choice sponsor Frank and Dixon with her work Metropolitan Reflections 1.

Mandy Gunn was named People’s Choice Winner for the Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship and was awarded $1,000 for her work Patterns of Speech.

Manager of Library and Gallery Services, Ross Duncan said that the art prizes were a great success as they have drawn large crowds to the galleries.

"We have had a great response to the awards this year with a significant increase in visitation to the galleries for these exhibitions," he said.

"The People’s Choice is a great way for visitors to highlight the artwork that appeals to them and both artists are deserving winners."

Both artists hail from Victoria and were excited to hear about their win.

Mandy Gunn has been creating sculpture, installation and assemblage works from found and recycled materials over the past 15 years.

Mandy said that the main focus for her work is a concern for the environment, recycling and climate change.

"Patterns 6 is a series of six boxed constructions each representing a whole Shakespearean play while the scroll incorporates the rest of the Complete Works of Shakespeare shredded and hand woven," Mandy said.

Pei Pei He said that he creates finely detailed work by repetitively using black and white dots and lines and blurring moving images to portray the sense of a city's spirit and infinity.?

"I have always been fascinated by the rhythm of the modern city, where all aspects of change and movement occur, where the spirituality of human beings seems present and where a magnificent picture of real life in the urban environment takes place," Pei Pei said. ?

There is still time to see the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and The Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship. The exhibitions are open until 11 September in the Caloundra Regional Gallery and Noosa Regional Gallery.