Redcliffe City Art Gallery

The Redcliffe City Art Gallery Established in September 2000 as part of the Redcliffe City Library/Art Gallery Complex, the Gallery is the first dedicated public gallery in Redcliffe. Prior to moving into the new building the permanent collection and exhibition program enjoyed an interim space at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre on Downs Street. Redcliffe has a long tradition as a destination for artists. In 1957 the Redcliffe Art Contest was initiated to 'promote the beauty of Redcliffe's shores' and at the time was the only contest of its kind in Queensland. In the 1960s and 1970s, the contest attracted young and emerging artists many of who became leaders in contemporary Australian art. Long before the contest, from the time of European settlement in Queensland, Brisbane's populace escaped the summer heat and came to the peninsula for the healing properties of the sea water. Today, Redcliffe is a vibrant and progressive city that continues to attract artists. It boasts a large and active resident arts community and in recent years has seen eight commercial art galleries open on the peninsula. Redcliffe occupies an interesting position as a regional art gallery on the fringe of a major city, a position it shares with other public galleries at the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, and Caloundra. The Gallery offers an annual exhibition program that includes interpretive exhibitions from the collection, exhibitions by local artists, community and school groups and touring exhibitions. The exhibition program combined with educational and public programs, involvement with festivals and other local projects help characterise our city's unique identity. Encapsulating our artistic and historical journey, the Redcliffe City Art Collection housed at the gallery, records more than four decades of contemporary art practise and was pivotal in the development of the Gallery.

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THE REDCLIFFE CITY ART COLLECTION Redcliffe permanent art collection exists from an acquisitive art contest that began in 1957 as the Clontarf Beach Contest. A Betty Quelhurst oil painting The Pier, Woody point won the judges? eye and was acquired for ₤ 75. 1960 was the first year the contest was the Redcliffe Art Contest and in 1961 the Redcliffe Art Contest Society was formed to organise, promote and execute the competition. In 1961 the competition included a non-representational prize that was won by the Central Technical College student, Irene Amos for her popular Dogman. 1963 Sir Fred Schonell sponsored the Eleanor Schonell Prize of 40 guineas, as a memorial to his late wife. The criteria for the prize were 'a study of a child or children-dancing or with friends or with pets at school or at play' portrait not acceptable.? By 1975, the Redcliffe Art Contest had five acquisitive sections, Open section Representational (oils or acrylic), Non-representational, Portrait in Oils, Watercolour and the Fred and Ellanor Schonell - depicting activities of children. Since 1997, the annual 15 Artists acquisitive prize has presented smaller but more select examples of artworks that have links to Redcliffe. The opening of the Redcliffe City Art Gallery in 2000 provided a permanent home for the Redcliffe City Collection. The collection has grown to over 350 artworks and continues to play a pivotal role in the future exhibition programs of the Redcliffe City Art Gallery.