Winners announced at 2013 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

A striking Picasso-esque painting, Lady With Red Earrings by Ray Tarrant is the 2013 winner of the annual State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition® which showcases new and emerging Victorian artists with a disability or experience of mental illness.

As the winner of first prize, Tarrant, from Bairnsdale’s Noweyung Art Group, will receive a $750 gift voucher. He joins 171 other artists in the free exhibition at Federation Square’s Yarra Gallery until 6 November.
Second prize ($500 voucher) was awarded to Cassie Lupo from Amicus Art Group in Bendigo for her painting Boy. Jenny Ngo from Arts Project Australia in Northcote won third prize ($250 voucher) for her painting titled Reynolds Falls.
Mr O’Brien encouraged Victorians to visit the exhibition


SOYA365 is a great grants program / competition for artist and designers, not only do you have a chance to win money, mentorship and a trip, it’s a great way to publicize yourself. What's more, entry is FREE! Here are the details below.

Australian creatives and artists aged 18 – 30 are invited to enter original creative work in the 2012 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA365) for a chance to win an overseas trip including 8 nights accommodation, airfare, $5,000 in cash and flights and skill up with experts.

This year SOYA has changed for the better, we're open 365 days of the year and each month a different category closes. Be sure to check your individual category pages for the countdown of days left to submit your entry for a specific category. Please not as it is tward the end of the year only 2 categrories are left, Architecture & Interior Design (Entries close: 7th September 2012) and Animation  (Entries close: 5th October 2012)

Architecture & Interior Design
Craft & Object Design
Film & Video
Interactive Content & Gaming
Visual Arts
Visual Design & Communications
Written Word

Also they have just announced the winner of The Craft & Object Design category.  Henry Wilson is travelling to London to exhibit his work at the London Design Fair. He also receives $5,000 cash and a mentorship with design mastermind Marc Newson.
Here is some of the work he entered…

I really encourage you to check out the SOYA365 to see all the all the awesome work artist and other creative people have put up.

Info & photos via SOYA365

Hidden Gems: Linden Postcard

So Linden Postcard Show has been running since 1991, this year being the 21st annual Linden Postcard Show. Every year hundreds of small format contemporary artworks by artists from all over Australia are shows in a salon style hanging at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts.  


Since the Linden Postcard Show has been running for so long it is not a Hidden Gem, however amongst the hundreds of small artworks they have up, you can sometimes find some amazing artworks(Hidden Gems).  There are even artworks selling for $1, so collectors go on the hunt for the great bargains. Unfortunately all the works I wanted was already sold out.

For Artists, this is a cheap and easy way to show and sell your artwork as well as having a chance to win up to $5000 award money.

This year’s winner was Dan Price The Architecture of Happiness graphite on paper. I hunted it down and found myself amazed by this little beauty.

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, 4 February 2012 – Saturday, 17 March 2012

LOCATION: Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 26 Acland Street,St Kilda 3182

*I was not allowed photos so these photos/ some info are via Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

Creative Nonfiction Cover Competition

The quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction is seeking an Australia-based

artist to illustrate our upcoming fall 2012 issue, Creative Nonfiction #46.

Medium: line drawings, collage, watercolors, etc. — and welcome all styles of interpretation well suited to a print format.

The chosen artist will work closely with our editorial and design staff to create 8 to 10 original designs that will be featured on the cover and interior of the magazine.

Creative Nonfiction has an international circulation of 7,000, so this is a great opportunity for an Australian artist (student or professional) to have their work seen by a large audience. The chosen artist will also be profiled for at least three months on CNF’s website, which attracts nearly 13,000 visitors per month, and this issue will be launched at the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival.

Interested artists should upload a resume and three low-resolution jpeg samples of their best work no later than 11:59 PM (GMT) on March 16, 2012. A link to an electronic portfolio is also preferred.

To apply or see more details, go here: