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RQAS Biennial 2018 

The RQAS Biennial beginning 5th September 2018 is a cultural program of events celebrating the talent of Queensland artists. In addition to our three major competition exhibitions, there will be workshops, demonstrations of fine art skills, a fashion parade, gala opening night events, artist talks, discussion forums, morning teas and live music.

Queensland Figurative 2018 (from 5th September) is an open competition calling for artists to create works that have the human figure as an integral part of the composition. A huge success in 2014 and 2016 past judges included Archibald-winners Wendy Sharpe and Frank Giacco, this year’s judge will be 1998 archibald winner Lewis Miller Total prize money for this year’s event is $11,500.

Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize (from September 25, 2018) Harold Richardson was the first gallery director at the RQAS and a long-standing president. His wife Agnes was also an integral part of the society as an artist and in supporting the RQAS to grow and develop. This prize is awarded in their memory and made possible by an endowment of funds from their estate. The Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize is an open competition calling for artists to demonstrate their drawing skills. There is over $2000 in prizes for this prestigious competition.

Young Artist Award (from October 16, 2018), which was introduced in 2016, is continuing and expanding to include artists aged 14 to 17 and 18 to 30. Promoting engagement with schools and art colleges, this open competition offers an exhibition platform for young artists and more than $2000 in prizes for Queensland’s emerging fine art champions. Young artists are invited to submit a two-dimensional artwork of a subject (taken from life), genre and stylistic approach of the artist’s choice.



“At the RQAS we are committed to providing a platform for emerging and established artists to expand their practice and grow artistically. The RQAS Biennial festival provides opportunities for all Queensland artists to gain exposure and experience with a large-scale biennial event. This program of events and exhibitions seeks to inspire, to educate and to enthral the people of Queensland, providing a valuable contribution to Brisbane’s cultural and artisitc communtiy.” – Rochelle Lindquist – Gallery Director of Petrie Terrace Gallery.

“The RQAS is celebrating its 130th year and is very proud of its history and achievements in encouraging and supporting artists across all genres and media, and its commitment to encouraging and supporting young artists who are seeking a career in fine art. The event will be held at the Petrie Terrace Gallery, home of the RQAS, and its aim is for this to be a high-profile and exciting event in the Queensland art calendar.” – Margaret Thomas President of the Royal Queensland Art Society (Brisbane Branch)




When:  5th September to 27th October 2018

Times:  Tuesday through to Sunday 10am to 3.30pm (Mondays and Public Holidays by appointment)

Where:  Petrie Terrace Gallery:  Unit 3, 162 Petrie Terrace Brisbane 4000

Phone:   07 3367 1977




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