This award was generously sponsored by Put Some Colour in your Life.
The creative industries add colour and vibrancy to our shire. They a bring joy and experiences and cleverly trigger emotions.
These applications were terribly tough to judge. They were all exceptional artists with great networks, skill and giving tremendous things back to the community. This was an other example of when the judges had to go to a fourth and then fifth round of judging before a winner shone through. Unfortunately, the major prize can’t be given to everyone.
This is how the finalists answered the question: DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES.
Barb Suttie Art www.suttieart.com
• Producing artworks with an Environmental message
• Bringing art to the people. Local Artist in Residencies upon invitation in the Northern Rivers region and Brisbane
• Creating and selling paintings which promote the beauty and topography of our beautiful Tweed Valley and surrounds
• Art Tutor for visitors and locals-Art in the Mountains Festival Ukitopia, Foodie Fest, Tweed Fusion
• Writer for how to paint articles promoting my art, our Caldera and sharing my techniques and knowledge. Australian Artist Magazine
• Artist Retreats collaborative venture with Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat
• Mentoring Youth-Individual Art programs
• Collaborative community art projects eg: Caldera Art, MOAG solo Exhibition/ventures, Uki Café Art Gallery
• Art products: Books published/ represented in Books, Block Prints
• Art Workshops/Tutor for Nortec /Tafe and private classes
• Provide artworks for local B and B’s, Exhibitions, Galleries and online
David Lovegrove www.davidlovegrove.com
• David Lovegrove Art provides art and visual literacy workshops for young people Australia-wide in schools and libraries, is engaged by a number of agencies both locally and interstate to provide illustration work & art demonstrations for commercial clients and is currently working on a graphic novel in a Japanese Manga influenced style to be launched in early 2015. Currently innovative fine art creations using a unique ambidextrous drawing and painting approach are being created for the fine art market.
• I am renowned for my ambidextrous double-handed drawing performances after I created a unique way of drawing using both hands at once. This year I have made two ads for Qantas Airways Ltd using this approach, the first being a 30 second for the Qantas Cash Card in which I drew various items such as Vespa scooters, ladies stiletto shoes, pizza etc, in mirror style. The ad showed my face and named me, and ran nationwide during prime time for a month during ‘The Voice’, ‘Sunrise’(Ch7) and ‘House Rules’, reaching millions of viewers.
The second ad ( which I just completed) was for the Qantas sponsored Tropfest international film festival and the concurrent and inaugural ‘Tropvine’ contest (shown on the Vine app platform owned by Twitter.)
• David Lovegrove Art develops creative products – currently I am creating a graphic novel in a manga influenced style, self publishing a book (print and digital) about the secrets of Chinese Kung Fu (at which I am an advanced student) as well as writing and illustrating two children’s books.
• As a fine artist I am creating a new body of artworks using my unique two handed ambidextrous approach that are both art pieces and performance pieces. I create the artworks on paper and on large boards and film the double handed drawing with a GoPro camera.
Matt Ottley www.mattottley.com.au
• I am a highly regarded, award winning Artist, children’s book illustrator/writer/composer.
• I have written and illustrated more than 26 picture books that have been translated into numerous languages; including the highly successful What Faust Saw (1995), Mrs Millie’s Painting (1997), Faust’s Party (2000), Faust in Space (2006) as well as illustrating Sailing Home (1996), The Bubble (2004), Little Penguin (2005), Tree (2012) and Parachute (2013). I won the Australian Children’s Book Council Honour book award, for Luke’s Way of Looking (1999) and the thought-provoking picture book with John Marsden Home and Away was awarded Honour Book of the year in 2009.
• I was funded by the Australia Council’s music and literature boards for production of my book and musical work, Requiem for a Beast. This work went on to win the Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year (2008) and also the Queensland Premier’s Award for Young Adult Fiction. Production of this work involved working alongside the Bundjalung people of northern NSW. It was cited as a “stunning piece for secondary and adult readers. An unprecedented work, moving between the forms of novella, picture book, graphic novel and musical work. A remarkable exploration of the parallels between a young man’s battle for psychological freedom, and the processes that bind and blind us in society.” The book contains a CD of orchestral music, composed by myself, and Aboriginal song performed by indigenous artists.
• I compose music for a wide range of performance ensembles, from solo players through to full orchestras.
• I travel throughout Australia undertaking educational workshops, including literacy programmes for remote indigenous communities
Tweed Creative Studios www.tweedcreativesstudios.com.au
• Music Shop Musicians Accessories
• Rehearsal Studios/Workshop space
• Offering a facility for the use of local community organisations for youth and special needs persons
• Music Tuition in Guitar, Singing, Drums, Bass, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin
• Second Hand Instruments and Amps
• Collectables, Old Wares, Retronalia
• Computer Repairs
• Music Management
• Guitar and Amp Repairs
• Murwillumbah’s only Djembe and percussion instruments
• Costume Design
• Jewellery and Art on display