Flanagan Art Prize gears up for its seventh year

ARTISTS from Ballarat and beyond are being encouraged to enter their work in this year’s Flanagan Art Prize.

ART APPRECIATION: St Patrick’s College archivist Catriona Banks.

ART APPRECIATION: St Patrick’s College archivist Catriona Banks.

Now in its seventh year and run by St Patrick’s College, the prize is an acquisitive competition offering a major prize of $5000.

St Patrick’s College director of community development Paul Nolan said professional artists from across Australia were encouraged to enter the competition.

“St Patrick’s College is traditionally regarded as a professional sporting school but we’re so much more than that,” he said. “We want to encourage professional artists to showcase their work to our students and encourage our boys to get a finer appreciation of the arts.”

The competition will also offer a separate cash prize of $1500 for the best piece of work from an emerging artist, while an affordable art prize will be on offer for artworks valued at less than $500.

Mr Nolan said the competition attracted works in all media including painting, sculpture, woodworking, and photography.

“The local arts community certainly embraces the Flanagan Art Prize and values it,” he said.

“There aren’t many art competitions in Ballarat similar to this one and we’re trying to provide the opportunity for artists to have their art showcased in a different gallery.”

Winners will be announced  August 22.



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