Thirty finalists in the 2020 Queensland Regional Art Awards will be on display at Rosalie Gallery at Goombungee as part of the Decadence touring exhibition, presented by Flying Arts Alliance.

Toowoomba Region artist Cara-Ann Simpson was chosen as one of the 30 finalists and has her work on display as part of the tour.

The exhibition showcases the visual responses of artists from regional, rural and remote Queensland to the theme of Decadence, contending with notions of luxury, freedom, happy circumstances and welcome surplus, or the darker side of self-indulgence, wanton excess or wastefulness.

Ipswich artist LeAnne Vincent won the major $10,000 Art for Life Award, thanks to Holding Redlich, and the Spotlight Award, thanks to Onespace Gallery and art words, for her artwork Flourish, which explores the idea that botanic growth is made richer from the decadence of other plants.

LeAnne says she will be pleased to see her award-winning piece tour to regional Queensland.

“Winning this award is an important career-changing moment for me and will provide many opportunities,” LeAnne said.

Flying Arts CEO Kerryanne Farrer said the theme took on a new meaning with the coronavirus outbreak.

“When we chose the theme of the 2020 Queensland Regional Art Awards, Decadence was intended to be a double entendre. ‘Decade’ pays homage to the 10-year anniversary of the awards and ‘decadence’ itself is a term often mis-aligned with the arts,” Kerryanne said.

“We could have never imagined this theme would take on such a pertinent meaning. What has resulted is an exhibition which speaks poignantly to the lived experiences of regional and remote Queensland artists in 2020.”

Decadence will be on display at Rosalie Gallery until May 1, 2022. Self-guided activities for children are available all day during the gallery’s open hours.

Rosalie Gallery at 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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Image: LeAnne VINCENT / Flourish 2020 / cyanotype photograms on cotton with thread / 90 x 90 x 0.02cm / Art for Life Award – Spotlight Award / © LeAnne Vincent

For more information or to arrange an interview with an artist please contact:
Odette Miller
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Flying Arts Alliance Inc. 

Flying Arts Alliance gratefully acknowledges the Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew), the Geoff Booth Foundation, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Turner Family Foundation, private donors and government, philanthropic and corporate supporters and Award sponsors who help make the Queensland Regional Arts Awards possible.

Flying Arts Alliance is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Flying Arts Alliance acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and seas on which we work, live, and create. We also pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Flying Arts is an arts and cultural development organisation which has been delivering visual arts projects and services to regional and remote Queensland since 1971.

The Association has played a significant role in inspiring artists and communities, as well as helping to overcome the impacts of regional isolation and remote living.