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Inaugural Rural Art Competition at SAFE a great beginning

25 Mar 2013

Due to the well established NMIT links with the Seymour Alternative Farm Expo (SAFE), NMIT's Head of Program/Senior Lecturer of the Bachelor of Illustration, Dr Colleen Morris was invited to be on the judging panel for the inaugral Rural Art Competition.

The art competition was initiated this year to celebrate 20 years of SAFE.

General Manager and Organiser of SAFE, Colin Stray, explained the introduction of an arts competition in 2011. "We are encouraging different forms of art including photographs, paintings and sculptures." Mr Stray said.

Emerging Artists and Sculptors were invited to submit work that best depicts an aspect of Rural Life and the environment. There were two categories: 2D any medium (painting/drawing/photography); and Sculpture and 3D Form.

In planning the competition there had been a purposeful focus on the use of recyclables, particularly in the 3D category. "It's a simple way of drawing attention to the fact that we need to think more seriously about our environment and the way we can utilize used materials. It has also added a different and exciting creative dimension to our competition", said Mr Stray.

"The number of high calibre entries was most encouraging. The success of the competition will lead to it becoming an 'events' fixture on the Expo calendar. It is a great beginning." said Dr Colleen Morris, NMIT's head of program for the Bachelor of Illustration and one of the members of the judging panel.

New South Wales artist Tony Curran was one of the finalists who documented the lengths he had to go to get his entry to the Expo for judging in the finals.

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