Artist d’Arcy William Doyle lived in Mudgeeraba for almost thirty years until his death in 2001, with his famous paintings adorning many a home around the country. In 2004, Mudgeeraba identity Earle Hinschen founded the d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards, quickly establishing them as one of the top Australian visual art awards.
Sharon Hindle is the organiser of the Junior d’Arcy Doyle Awards, which have been included as part of the main Awards for the last four years. The Junior awards are open to children from ages four to 17, from all over the Gold Coast. Sharon explains the scope of the event.
“We have 70 entries alone for the Junior d’Arcy Doyles.
“Up until two years ago it was exhibited in a separate location but due to public interest and increased sponsorship it is now a drawcard.”
The main awards grow each year also, with the $10,000 first prize attracting a diverse range of landscape artists.
“With online purchases and Chinese Imports, it makes it increasingly difficult for Australian artists to make money,” says Sharon.
“Having this exhibition is a celebration of artists, their paintings and showcasing raw talent. It also is one of the largest prize monies in Australia and gives the winner recognition in the investment market.”
City of Gold Coast Division 9 Councillor Glenn Tozer recognises the positive cultural effect of the Awards on his area.
“I’m proud that the one of the premier landscape art prizes in Australia and its $10,000 first prize, has been so committed to Mudgeeraba for over a decade, helping our cultural economy thrive,” he says.
Last year, Gold Coast Spinners and Weavers arranged for their unique and colourful “yarnbombing” exhibition to coincide with the awards.
“We’re really pleased to see the Doyles and the Gold Coast Spinners and Weavers partner promotionally with our yarnbombing exhibition,” continues Cr Tozer.
“People love the spectacle and we think winter warmers on our village trees get us all in the best possible mood for the cold winter months.”
The d’Arcy Doyle Awards (and village yarnbombing) run from 28 June to 9 July. Entries will be displayed at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall from 10.00am to 7.00pm daily.