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"7th Annual International Miniature Art Awards and Exhibition"
2000-09-22 until 2000-10-15
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Gold Coast, QL, AU Australia

Gold Coast City Art Gallery is pleased to host the 7th Annual Australian International Miniature Art Award and Exhibition, an exhibition initiated by the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Queensland. This annual competition provides a forum for local and interstate artists, as well as international practitioners of the unique miniature format.

Miniatures have been a respected artform for approximately 500 years. Originally the term miniature artist described one who illuminated manuscripts, and at least as far back as the 13th Century illuminations of texts often included small works of art. Despite the connotations, miniatures are not just small paintings in a small frame.

Mediums represented include oil paint, watercolour, mixed media, gouache, pencil, acrylic paint as well as digital, and computer generated art and styles vary from the very traditional to the abstract. The size that selected images must adhere to is up to 10 x 10 cm, or the equivalent (not exceeding 100 square cm). Frame sizes are up to 100 cm perimeter (i.e. 25 x 25 cm). Some miniaturisation of the subject must apply to make the work eligible and ideally the image depicted should not be greater than 1/6 life size.

In 2000, the smallest painting is approximately 2 x 2 cm, and has been entered by an International Miniature Society member from Greece. The Prize money on offer totals $3,500, in the following categories: Best of Show $1,000;  Best Work in Oil, $500; Best Watercolour, $500; Best Mixed Media, $500; Best Print, $500 (hand pulled only); and Best Any Other Medium, $500 (including computer generated art, drawings, pastels, inks, gouaches and acrylics).

In 2000 the award features the work of 96 artists, and a total of 302 paintings on display by artists from USA, England, Germany, Greece, Israel and all over Australia (QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA and WA).

This year's judge is John Lovett, who is faced with a daunting task, as this is the first award of the millennium. 2000 also marks the 12th Birthday of The Australian Society of Miniature Art (QLD) Inc.

In 2000, the exhibition will again be complimented by the beautiful work of members of the Ikebana International Gold Coast Chapter 229 Inc., who practise the art of Japanese flower arranging. Their stunning, traditional and contemporary arrangements of fresh flowers will be on display in conjunction with the Miniatures Award Exhibition.

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