Entries are open for the Naracoorte Art Gallery's IBIS art competition

ART: Trent Stewart with his creation which took out first prize in the 3D category, Marsupial Lion in 2019. Photo: FILE

ART: Trent Stewart with his creation which took out first prize in the 3D category, Marsupial Lion in 2019. Photo: FILE

Get your brushes and canvases out, the IBIS Art Competition is open for entries.

The annual competition is a highlight for local artists and attracts a lot of entries, so be sure to start working on your entries now.

Naracoorte Art Gallery secretary Lesley Cook said there would be no official opening this year, but judging will be made available online.

"What we are aiming to do is to record the judges," she said.

"We will not be having an opening because it is too much, so what we are going to do this year is the judges will come along during the week and we will record their findings and then it will be posted on Facebook.

"People can come in and see the work and we will have certificates up after the judging."

She said the competition has been well supported in the past, and she was hopeful that would continue this year.

"I am hoping we will have a lot of entries . We need children to enter, they are free.

"It brings some fantastic entries in, we have such a creative community.

"It's been amazing in the past. It was quieter last year because I think people thought we weren't going to do anything, and I think COVID meant not only were we shut down, but we were shut down creatively.

"We were very lucky, and it was a fantastic display, it was just a shame we couldn't open the gallery."

There are four categories, with multiple sections in each - Two Dimensional Artwork, Three Dimensional (Sculpture, Mixed Media, Textiles, Jewellery and any other work that doesn't fit the painting & photography sections) Photography and Student (up to and Including Year 4, Year 5-7, and High School.)

Entry fees are $20 for adults, $15 for members and free for students.

Maximum two entries per artist per section - Second entry fees are half price.

Completed entry forms and artwork must be delivered to the Naracoorte Art Gallery by Thursday, April 15 2021.

No late entries will be accepted after this date and entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry forms and entry conditions are available by emailing naracoortegallery@gmail.com