Art about town

Circular Head Council’s Jodie Saville with CHArts’ Justin O’Reilly (centre) and Mark Rees add colours to Time Out’s red wall with pieces entered in this year’s Art About Town exhibition. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Youth. Art is all around us, and now even more so with the return of Circular Head Council’s youth art exhibition, Art About Town.

Pieces from local artists and photographers aged 12 to 25 adorn empty shop windows in Emmett Street and the cafe wall at Time Out.

The exhibition runs until Friday November 14, with a panel of judges announcing the four prize winners in two categories: Art About Town (art in any medium) and In Focus (photography).

The judges – newly elected Circular Head Arts committee members Josie Riches, Justin O’Reilly and Mark Rees – will select winners based on the artist’s skill and originality, as well as the aesthetics of the piece and the inspiration it brings.

O’Reilly admits art is “subjective” and therefore each judge will likely have their own favourite, as will the voting public.

He said the idea of having art scattered about Smithton was a brilliant one: “It brings it to a whole other audience. It fills windows, and this lovely red wall that Time Out has been generous to lend us.”

Circular Head Council youth and community officer Jodie Saville said the event has proved a huge success in the past, and though this is her first year in the role, she can see the enthusiasm youngsters have for the arts in Circular Head.

The winner in each category will win $200, while two encouragement prizes of $50 will be also be awarded.

The public vote is now open, culminated in the final prize – a $100 public vote prize. Entries can be submitted at Time Out and the Circular Head Council office.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday November 19.

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