Entries are now open for the Immanuel Arts Festival. A popular event on the local cultural calendar, this year the festival turns 40.
A lavish gala opening will be held on May 20, before the festival opens to the public from May 21 to 23. The event is an opportunity for artists of all ages, including students from any school, to showcase their talent.
Emerging and established artists are encouraged to enter. This year’s feature artists are Artist in Focus Chris Blake and Artists in Residence Justin Bruhn and Odessa Mahony-de Vries. The latter is a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran College and an established artist who won Best Painting at the festival in 2019. She specialises in painting with mixed media on canvas and plywood, and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Degree at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
For the first time, a Student Artist in Focus will also appear. Immanuel Year 11 student Libby Evans won Most Outstanding Work of the Festival in 2019 with her wearable art piece X-Radiance. Libby was also a finalist in the 2021 Stanthorpe Art Prize.
“In 2019, the festival had a 30 per cent increase in artist entries and nearly $25,000 of local artwork was sold,” Immanuel Lutheran College principal Colin Minke says. “Our festival shows that there is a demand for community arts events where artists can enter a range of categories including painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography, wearable and creative arts.”
The 40th Immanuel Arts Festival was launched at the school, with Chris Blake, Justin Bruhn, Odessa Mahony-de Vries and Libby Evans in attendance. Find out more at immanuelartsfestival.com.au.