Artists for 2017 Strand Ephemera announced

Date published: 27 April 2017

The artists for Strand Ephemera 2017 have been chosen.

This year visitors to the Strand from July 28 to August 6 will be treated to an array of works by local, national and international artists, offering visitors a wide variety of artworks from a number of different mediums.

The chosen artists are:

  • Marion Gaemers & Lynnette Griffiths
  • Harriet Geater-Johnson
  • Jan Hynes
  • Alison McDonald
  • Tanya Coventry and Bowen State High School
  • Robert Crispe
  • Cameron Rushton
  • Banana Splits (Bernadette Boscacci and Sharon Kitching)
  • Pamela Lee Brenner and Johannes Muljana
  • India Collins
  • Tom Emmett
  • Carla Gottgens
  • Erica Gray
  • Jane Hawkins, Rhonda Payne and Sally Munns
  • John Heard
  • Geraldine Hermann and Pimlico State High School
  • Joy Heylen
  • John Nesirky
  • Katri Pekri and Alide Zvorovski
  • Fiona Quin
  • MJ Ryan Bennett
  • Lance Seadon
  • Vanessa Stanley
  • Sue Tilley
  • Christopher Trotter

All of the successful artists have been granted a $5,000 Artist Fee to support them in making their work, and will vie for a major $10,000 prize.

Council’s Gallery Services have also commissioned a piece by Texas artist Scott Wade entitled Dirty Car Art. Mr Wade will also run workshops while in Townsville for the event.

Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett have also agreed to loan their artwork CLOUD to this year’s Strand Ephemera – a piece that consists of 6000 light bulbs.

Other commissioned works include a dance performance by Dancenorth in collaboration with dancers from Poruma Island, a brand new piece by Melbourne artist Robbie Rowlands and a loaned work from Cairns artist Dan Wallwork.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said it was exciting to see the list of names and what they would contribute to this year’s event.

“Strand Ephemera is a massive event held every two years on our iconic Strand which attracted about 130,000 visitors of all ages in 2015, who participated in 290 programs, workshops and performances,” Cr Doyle said.

“The event attracts a very high calibre of artists from Townsville, the surrounding region, nationally and internationally.

“They each bring with them a wealth of creative ideas that provoke thought, offer insight and simply entertain visitors.

“The workshops and performances that are part of the two-week event always attract lots of interest and we received an enormous amount of positive feedback from the community.

“This year will be the ninth instalment of Strand Ephemera and the standard of work is simply getting better and better each event.”

Strand Ephemera is proudly supported by Glencore.