ART PRIZES: South Burnett Rural Women's Network's Olivia Everitt and Steph Denman want as many artists as possible to get involved in the exhibition.
ART PRIZES: South Burnett Rural Women's Network's Olivia Everitt and Steph Denman want as many artists as possible to get involved in the exhibition. Michael Nolan

Exhibition draws on female experience

WHAT does it mean to be a woman living in regional Queensland?

This is the question female artists should contemplate ahead of the South Burnett Women's International Women's Day Exhibition.

The exhibition is open to all female artists practising in the South Burnett, with up to $2000 in prize money on officer.

Arts co-ordinator Olivia Everitt said all the money raised during the exhibition would be spent supporting women in need.

"The exhibition services a dual purpose, it celebrates the diverse talent of artists practising in the South Burnett and Cherbourg regions, and we want to support arts development through providing the International Women's Day arts awards," Mrs Everitt said.

There are three prizes on offer.

First is a $1000 South Burnett Regional Council Major Art award funded through the discretionary funds of the four female councillors, Kathy Duff, Danita Potter, Roz Frohloff and Ros Heit.

The second is a $750 Highly Commended award paid for by Peddle Thorp, and third is a $350 Young and Emerging Artist award provided by Taabinga Station.

To qualify for this last award, artists needs be either younger than 25 years old or in the first five years of their practice.

A 10 per cent commission from the sale of the artwork in the exhibition, along with the entry fees, will go to South Burnett CTC's domestic violence support network.

An auction will be held on April 5 and all are welcome to donate art.

The proceeds of the auction will also go to CTC's domestic violence support network.

The exhibition is just one of the events held during the week.

The women's network will also host a breakfast at Cassis on March 8 from 6.30am.

It will feature a presentation from Melissa Barnett, a well-known journalist who lives at Taabinga Station.

Mrs Barnett writes for a web portal and runs a farm stay business, vineyard and cattle enterprise with husband Michael.

Her recent appointment to the helm of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network already has Melissa bringing new ideas to the table around paddock-to plate innovation, rural women's health and the regional art spaces.

Tickets for the breakfast go on sale on February 1.

Pick up an entry form at the Kingaroy Art Gallery to enter the exhibition or download one from southburnettwomen.org.au.

Entries close on February 9 and the exhibition opens March 8.

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