NOTICEBOARD: Entries open for Coast Arts Festival

22 February 2018

Entries are now open for one of the Sunshine Coast’s most established arts events, the 38th Immanuel Arts Festival. A popular and well known event on the Coast’s cultural calendar, the Festival will run from 24 to 27 May and is an opportunity for artists – including students – to showcase their talent and increase their public profile; from emerging to established artists, all are welcome and are encouraged to enter.

This year’s feature artists – who showcase their work – are photographer and digital artist Dasha Riley, sculptor and author Denise Lamby, and painter Farley Cameron.

“Last year, the Festival attracted more than 250 artists from the Coast and beyond and $28,000 worth of artwork was sold,” said Convenor Melissa Evans.

“Artists can enter a range of categories including painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography, wearable and creative arts and this year, we’re thrilled to host such versatile and talented artists,” she said.

Artist in Focus Dasha Riley was awarded Australian Photography Magazine’s Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2015 and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s February 2016 edition.

Her images have been widely exhibited including at the 2015 Renaissance Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition in London. She was also one of the winners of the 2016 Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) National Photography Prize and three of her works were acquired into the museum’s permanent collection.

“Originally from Germany, Dasha’s work draws on her interest in the Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age. Her talent has been recognised overseas, interstate and locally and in 2016, she was a finalist in the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

“Dasha’s work is stunning and truly unique. It’s certainly worth visiting the Festival to see an artist of her magnitude,” said Melissa.

Artist in Residence Denise Lamby is a sculptural and installation artist, photographer and author. With a passion for fine detail, intricate design and labour intensive methods, Denise uses reclaimed and recycled materials to create unique artworks.

“Denise’s work has evolved from ceramics and printmaking, to fine line drawing and decorative cut steel. She uses numerous skills and techniques and was a finalist in the 2017 Brisbane Art Prize. We are very fortunate that an artist of Denise’s skill has agreed to be one of our Artists in Residence at this year’s Immanuel Arts Festival,” said Melissa.

Fellow Artist in Residence Farley Cameron is a painter specialising in silk and natural fibres.

Farley’s painting, ‘Plenty’, won Best Painting at the 2017 Immanuel Arts Festival. Her current artworks are created using a polychromatic printing process that involves painting water-based dyes onto a screen, then printing the image onto paper. This process allows for one print only therefore each painting is an original one-off artwork. 

“Farley is a contemporary artist and paints beautiful natural themes that allow her a deeper sense of expression. Years as a textile artist and graphic designer reflect techniques developed from creative work in these fields.

“We have such an exciting line-up of feature artists for the general public to enjoy but again, I want to encourage all artists on the Sunshine Coast and beyond to consider entering the Festival. It doesn’t matter at which stage of the artistic journey you are at, this is an opportunity to exhibit and grow as an artist,” said Melissa.

The cost of entering the Festival is $15 per category for one piece and $30 for up to three pieces. All artwork exhibited is on sale for the duration of the Festival. With more than $5,500 in cash and prizes, major awards include Outstanding Work of Festival with $1,000 in prize money and the increasingly popular People’s Choice Award, with $500 prize money.

Conditions of entry and entry forms are available now at, entries close on 6 April.

Written by

Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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