Capturing farm life

Pull on your gumboots or blunnies, it’s time to find inspiration for your Art About Town entries say organisers Sue Popowski and Jodie Saville. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Creativity. Explore life on the farm in landscapes, portraits or stills this year as Art About Town takes a field trip.

The annual event, hosted by Circular Head Council, will this year follow an agricultural theme.

We’re hoping by using the On The Farm theme it will bring some relevance to the community, make art relevant to the community it is in and the industry that supports the community,” says Jodie Saville, youth and community officer at Circular Head Council.

“Art is everywhere. We want to expose people to art in their every day life, see things they may not see as art in a new light. We want to bring art and culture to the community but also make it relevant and familiar.”

Encouraging locals to add their own twist to the theme, Jodie said pieces would be judged on the creativity and originality of the works. 

A variety of new events will be added to the Art About Town calendar including Sounds of Smithton, a mystery walking tour on Friday September 21.

Fear not, for the Art About Town regular features will return including the CHArtchibald Prize, That’s Classic music concert and art and photography competitions. 

Based on the national Archibald Prize, the local competition calls for a portrait of a past or present Circular Head identity. Artists are also asked to submit a short paragraph about the person.

“The CHArtchibald Prize is open to all artists,” says Sue, adding interest from along the north west coast is growing each year.   

“There is some good work coming out of the local schools too, I would love to see them become confident enough to have their works framed and on display amongst some great artists.” 

Sponsored by Circular Head Council, there is $1000 in prize money for the overall winner. There is no entry fee nor commission for any work that may be sold. 

For all ages, the open competition welcomes photography and art in any medium while the youth art and photography competition is open to ages 12 to 24. As well as this, the art and photography competition is introducing a primary school aged section this year for local students to submit work through their school.

The That’s Classic concert will be held on Friday September 7 followed by opening night of the Smithton High School production of Pasta la vista Baby! on Friday September 14. 

Art About Town month will launch at Time Out on Emmett in Smithton on Friday September 7, with the winners of the CHArtchibald Prize and art and photography competitions to be announced. 

Entries to the CHArtchibald Prize close on Friday August 17. To enter, contact Sue Popowski for an entry form on 0407 648 102 or email apo99776@bigpond.net.au or Jodie Saville on 6452 4803 or jsaville@circularhead.tas.gov.au.

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