9-by-5-inch format ignites innovation

Stunning 9x5 works including those by Lou Potter (held by Anni Washington) and Rebecca Berrett will be up for judging and available for sale.
Stunning 9x5 works including those by Lou Potter (held by Anni Washington) and Rebecca Berrett will be up for judging and available for sale.

The Artists' Collective Studio's call for two-dimensional works in a 9 by 5 inch format -- an ode to the cigarbox lid genre of the past -- has drawn an assortment of stunning works from 40 artists, many of them local.

A total of 90 artworks will be judged on Friday by Karina Devine, director of the Warwick Art Gallery, who will also be present at the exhibition opening later that afternoon to share her thoughts. Prizes will be awarded thanks to sponsorship from Jennings & Kneipp.

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The gallery's Anni Washington said some artists certainly pushed the boundaries of the competition rules (we're looking at you, Michael Pieper), but the result is one of the broadest ranges she's seen.

They run the gamut from lino cuts to scraper board, watercolour, pastel, acrylic and textile art.

"It's an eclectic mix of interpretation of the Australiana theme, delivered in a wide range of media," Ms Washington said.

Most of the entries of for sale, and given their smaller size they offer an affordable option for adding to the private collection, or starting one up.

Everyone's invited to the exhibition opening at 5.30pm this Friday, with drinks and nibblies on offer. The exhibition then continues on to April 28.

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