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Journeys : August September 2009
Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize – see the exhibition Life on the move Send in the clown T his year’s most unusual Roadside callout sheet reads ‘Tattersalls Hotel – look for roller-door and balloons – the member is a clown’. The drama unfolded when James Fisher, an RACT member for more than 20 years, was about to perform at a children’s birthday party in his alter ego as Jimbo the Clown. Excited kids were waiting and Jimbo was in full costume – so it wasn’t a good moment to lock the keys in the car, along with most of his props and equipment. “Luckily I had my balloons and lolly bags, so I kept things moving for 15 minutes,” Jimbo says. “By that time, RACT Roadside had come to the rescue.” RACT customer service consultant Ben Grubb took the call, recognised the urgency of the situation and made sure a patrolman arrived without delay. These portraits were three of the first entries received – they’re the work of young Tasmanian artists (from left) Rebecca Brogan, Meaghan Roberts and Loralee Newitt. Will any of these be among the winners? We’ll let you know all the results in the next issue of Motor News Journeys. T he entries are in – more than 50 of them – and now the panel of judges is getting down to the job of determining the winners of this year’s RACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize. Entrants are asked to enter a portrait of a living Tasmanian who has provided inspiration in the artist’s life. Each artist is required to include a written submission on why the subject provided personal inspiration.Results will be announced in Devonport on 4 September. Entries will then tour the state in an exhibition that gives all Tasmanians the opportunity to view the works. The winner receives $5000 and a trip for two to see the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney. The runner-up and Sponsor’s Choice winner receive $500. This year there is a new People’s Choice award of $500, giving members of the public an opportunity to vote for their personal favourite. The prize is a partnership between RACT Insurance, Clemenger Tasmania, Geon and Tasmanian Regional Arts. The objective is to foster the development of young Tasmanian artists and provide an opportunity for the public to recognise the talents of Tasmania’s emerging artists. The judging panel this year includes Adriane Boag of the National Gallery of Australia, Helene Weeding of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Kim Schneiders of Interweave Arts, Launceston. Exhibition dates Devonport Launceston Hobart 5-20 Sept 25 Sept – 12 Oct 17-31 Oct More information – www.typp.com.au Make a statement and express yourself with a Designer Plate. Choose from a great range of Bling, Camo, Metallic and Floral Plates, all for a once-only payment of just $395. Call 1300 787 060 or go online August / September 09 25
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