The 36th Exhibition of ‘the churchie emerging art prize’ has closed and the People’s Choice Prize has been won by Dylan Bolger. The $3,000 prize sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services is awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from the public throughout the exhibition. One lucky voter has won a two-night stay at Spicers Hidden Vale, courtesy of Spicers Retreats.

Bolger is a Maiawali, Karuwali, Pitta-Pitta, and Gomeroi artist who uses the macaranga leaf motif to explore resilience and Blakness. This ancient plant is considered a pioneer plant, meaning that it will be one of the first to grow back after devastation such as wildfire or flood.⁠

‘I use the macaranga leaf to represent my people and culture as being of an “old-world genesis” as we grow back through the devastation of colonisation’.

‘the churchie’ exhibition is only possible thanks to the support of generous sponsors. Prize Money Sponsor: BSPN Architecture. Principal Sponsors: Fardoulys Constructions, Madison Cleaning, and Chartwells. Major Sponsors: Thynne + Macartney, Tierra Group, Spicers Retreats, Brisbane City Council, Vault Magazine, and the Churchie Old Boy’s Association. Co-sponsors: Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect, Furnware, Sunstate Charters, Morgans Financial Limited, and Look Education.

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