Obi Art Prize returns

May 13, 2019 | Entertainment, Visual Arts

It’s the right time of year to let all the artists across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland know that the Obi Art Prize is now open for entries!

October 2019 will see the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre’s second Obi Art Prize taking place from October 4 – 7, at the Maleny Community Centre.

One of the event organisers, curator and artist, Satya Demasson, said “The Obi Art Prize will be open to all artists working in 2D with the theme being Earth, Dreams and Magic. We are providing a valuable venue for local and national artists to showcase their work.”  

The Maleny IGA / Spida Productions First Prize is $5000, and the Ken Mills Toyota People’s Choice prize is $1500.

Satya continued, “With the continued support of our amazing major sponsors Maleny IGA, Apex Maleny, Ken Mills Toyata and Spida Productions, we are expecting this years art prize to be as successful as the inaugural event which was held in 2017.”

The opening night will see a very special guest, national treasure and Australian legend, Indigenous elder, actor, musician, activist and gifted storyteller Uncle Jack Charles.

“Come along and join us on the opening night, Friday October 4 to meet Uncle Jack, view the art and cast your People’s Choice vote,” said Satya.

Entries close 5pm Monday July 22, and finalists will be notified by email or telephone by Friday August 23.


“The 40 finalists selected will form the 2019 Obi Art Prize, and works must be delivered to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre no later than Friday September 20. The winners will be announced on the opening night, October 4.”


You can keep abreast of the latest updates on the Obi Art Prize Facebook page and website, obiartprize.com, where you can view all the information you need to enter.


“Entries are already starting to come in, but artists you have plenty of time to start creating and submit your work,” Satya added, “and in the process support The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – the sole beneficiary of the Obi Art Prize, with all profits going to help fund social programs at the Centre.”


Sounds like a win- win to us.


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