Celeste Dawson has been an artist her whole life. But the 21-year-old’s creations have evolved immensely from the days of fingers holding crayons on butcher’s paper – she is now crafting stunning murals and mixed-media paintings.
With her career poised to launch into high gear at the completion of a bachelor degree in visual arts just weeks away, Dawson has also uncovered a passion for curating.
As a university assignment melded with an idea she had floated with Your Mates Brewing co-founder Matt Hepburn, an exhibition focused on social and political division began to take shape.
With the assistance of Dean Ansell and Kourtney Sugden, Dawson is bringing the There is Division in the Basement exhibition to vibrant Nambour venue The Basement.
“This event will give emerging artists a chance to exhibit free of charge and give them an opportunity to build connections and network while supporting a local charity,” Dawson says.
“It’s a win-win situation.
“Our main objective is to build art culture on the Sunshine Coast as there is so much potential here.
“We’d like to see art move into more accessible and approachable venues and to connect the community more with art.”
Entry fees and funds raised from raffle tickets will go to local charity The Board Meeting, which helps families with children who have disabilities or are battling rare illnesses.
All of the exhibiting artists have also agreed to donate 50 per cent of the sale price of their artworks to The Board Meeting.
There is Division in the Basement is on at The Basement in Nambour on October 27 from 6-8pm. Entry is $5 at the door. Visit the There is Division in the Basement event on Facebook.