The ‘Artbeat’ of the Fraser Coast

by Hervey Bay Art Society

One of the biggest art competitions of the year opened on July 18 at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough.

This is the 38th Annual Competitive Art Exhibition (ACAE) hosted by the Hervey Bay Art Society (HBAS).

This annual competition has been the mainstay of the art scene on the Fraser Coast. Thirty-eight years ago, HBAS was approached by then Hervey Bay City Council to create an annual art competition. The rest is history as it quickly became the annual ‘Artbeat’ of Hervey Bay.

The past three years have been difficult for everyone, and the Annual Competitive Art Exhibition has not been immune.

Despite issues around Covid-19 protocols, the ACAE was held each year. This year’s exhibition is an opportunity to reinvigorate the art scene on the Fraser Coast. Entries from our local artists and those around our state will be on display at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough between Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 30.

Without willing sponsors, quality community events like this cannot happen. Fraser Coast Regional Council, Kondari Hotel, Hervey Bay RSL, Out of the Square Picture Framing, Wide Bay Gallery, and Latitude 25 RV Lifestyle Community are proudly sponsoring this year’s exhibition.

Mayor George Seymour and MLA Adrian Tantari both generously donated to support this art competition. Noted artist, Karol Oakley is judging each of the seven sections. Awards and prizes were presented at the opening.

Invite yourselves and your friends to view quality artworks and appreciate the fabulous display areas within Gatakers Artspace.

Take a stroll around the historic precinct and partake of a treat or two at one of the cafes. Get out and about and use the little freedoms we took for granted a few years back.

Our local art scene is thriving again and a thing to be enjoyed. Come along and be involved and soak up the creativity.