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​Artists impression of port makes impression on judges 

13 April 2017 

There was a record 46 pieces of artwork submitted for Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Paint the Port competition, which were on display at last night’s official exhibition opening. 

Prior to the opening guest judge Geoff Head and GPC’s People and Community General Manager, Rowen Winsor had the difficult task of selecting their favourite pieces in each category, open, high school, upper primary and lower primary.  

General Manager, Rowen Winsor said that this year the competition  received almost 10 additional entries adding to the difficulty to choose just one winner.  

“Last year was the first time we have held the competition and I think the community has really embraced this initiative, and we’ve really captured the talent of our port communities,” she said. 

 “The port is such a prolific part of the Gladstone community and it is great to see the community perception captured on a canvas. 

“We must congratulate all those who spent hours conceptualising and producing their masterpieces, their efforts did not go unnoticed.” 

Susan Draney’s open winning piece, Bundaberg Tugs, will be acquired by GPC and donated to the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum to be added to their permanent collection recognising the local talent in the region and celebrating our iconic Port.

2017 Paint the Port Winners:

  • 2017 Open Category Winner: ‘Bundaberg Tugs’ by Susan Draney
  • 2017 Open Category Highly Commended: ‘On the ground at RT Tanna’ by Allen Craigie
  • 2017 High School Category Winner: ‘Ocean Spirit’ by Aidan Hill
  • 2017 Upper Primary School Winner: ‘East Shores Parkland’ by Michael Marriott
  • 2017 Lower Primary School Winner: ‘Green Port Fun’ by Angus Long

Caption: Paint the Port Judges, Geoff Head and GPC People and Community General Manager, Rowen Winsor with open category winning art piece Bundaberg Tugs, by Susan Draney.

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