Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular 2013
Peter was invited to exhibit in the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular (BRAS) 2013 held at the Riverside Centre, Brisbane from 11th –20th April.
Hosted annually by the Rotary Clubs of Stones Corner, Hamilton and Brisbane High-Rise, the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is regarded as one of Queensland’s most prestigious art exhibitions, with $16,500 in prizes.
Entry to the exhibition is by invitation only and features prominent and up and coming Australian artists, all carefully selected by the curator.
Peter exhibited two pieces in the exhibition: Guitars for Joy (a large piece) and A Guitar to Play.
Although neither were purchased at the BRAS event, A Guitar to Play sold later at Peter’s solo exhibition at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre at the end of the year.
In the BRAS 2013 exhibition, 195 artists exhibited 463 high-quality artworks in a variety of styles and subject matter.
“We waded through over 700 artworks and came up with 463 pieces – consisting of both 2-D and 3-D works. For each artwork we looked at its content, quality, rendered skill, price, size, being resolved and suitability for the show as well as its saleability,” said Assistant Curator, Zoe Knight.
“We sold 102 items with a total of $112,943,” said Zoe. The money raised was split between the three beneficiaries: the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, Rotary’s ROMAC organisation (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children), and other local Rotary community projects. ROMAC provides dignity-restoring surgery to children from developing countries, and other Rotary community projects.
The judges for the 2013 Spectacular were Helen Grant (Editor, Australian Artist Magazine), Maureen Hansen (Professional Artist/Curator & Director, Wesley Hospital Collection), and Michael Wardel (Coordinator, Logan Art Gallery).
The ten day exhibition was open to the public for viewing and purchasing of high quality artwork and the prominent location in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD ensured that a large group of the business elite visit the exhibition at least once during the display period.
“Being in the centre of business in Brisbane many corporate buyers visit looking for work for office space as well as inner city dwellers seeking artwork for their homes,” said Zoe. “We have noticed a smattering of buyers wanting to invest in art as well. We have a regular base of loyal buyers who buy every year (the show has been going for over 30 years). We usually receive visits from several gallery owners in Brisbane as the show is gaining in status.”
The 2014 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular will run from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 12th April.