QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge 2020

Congratulations to the category winners!

WINNING POET: HELEN AVERY for ‘Seagull woman’, in response to:
SEAGULL AND CRANE – A TRADITIONAL LARDIL STORY FROM MORNINGTON ISLAND – JOELENE ROUGHSEY, 2020

WINNING POET: HANNAH JENKINS for ‘Untitled’, in response to:
REAP VIEW VIDEO ARTWORK – DONNA DAVIS, 2020

WINNING POET: ANNA BLACK for ‘Extraction of Energy’ in response to:
A TIME BEFORE – EDWIN HAMILL, 2020

WINNING POET: LAUREN RAE for ‘Six Step Beauty’ in response to:
WORTH THE COST? – ERIN MCKENNA, 2020

WINNING POET: JOCELYN DEANE for ‘Blue in Nature’, in response to:
OUTBACK, A SENSE OF PLACE – KATRINA GOLDSWORTHY, 2019

WINNING POET: ASHLEY HAYWOOD for ‘Plant Script’ in response to:
FLOURISH – LEANNE VINCENT, 2020

WINNING POET: ESTHER OTTAWAY for ‘Sensory Processing Disorder’, in response to:
I SEEM MORE AWARE OF SUBTLETIES IN MY SPACE – MELISSA SPRATT, 2020

WINNING POET: CARLO CAPONECCHIA for ‘Fish in a Bag’ in response to:
SHIMMERING GOLD, 2020 – PAUL PERRY, 2020

Thank you to the curatorial panel for the QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge: Annie Te Whiu, Mandana Mapar, and Nathan Shepherdson.

A co-production of Flying Arts and Queensland Poetry Festival, the QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge asks poets Australia-wide to respond to eight artworks in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards 2020. The selected poet for each of the eight categories will receive a publication fee of $500. The six winning artworks will have their matching winning poem featured on a didactic panel in the touring Decadence exhibition, while the two winning poems that respond to the two People’s Choice artworks will be featured on the Flying Arts Alliance website.

PLEASE NOTE: The QRAA artworks by Paul Perry and Edwin Hamill are part of the QRAA People’s Choice Category, and are not included as touring artworks with the QRAA. The selected poems for these artworks will therefore be published on the Flying Arts Alliance website instead of in the touring exhibition. The selected poet for each of these artworks will still receive a $500 publication fee.

FAA Alliance is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development organisation providing projects and services throughout Queensland with the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and corporate partners and benefactors.

The QRAA Challenge is supported by Australian Poetry via the Cultural Fund.

To enter the challenge, here’s what you need to know:

  • A non-refundable payment of $10 (or $8 concession) is required upon submission of the form.
  • Submissions close midnight 30 November 2020.
  • Announcement of our judges is under embargo until the finalists are declared.

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