This artwork, Black Madonna, was created by local artist Karla Dickens. Karla will contribute work to the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve art exhbition.
This artwork, Black Madonna, was created by local artist Karla Dickens. Karla will contribute work to the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve art exhbition.

The art of tropical fruit

With thousands of visitors descending upon the city to celebrate the coming of the new year with style, glitz and glamour, the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community (that’s pretty inclusive) is preparing for the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve party.

And along with the party goes the annual art exhibition, which will hang at the Lismore Showground for the party night and recovery day. The exhibition will open at Serpentine Gallery in North Lismore on January 6.

The curators of this year’s exhibition, Elle-Mental, are calling for entries. Local lesbian, gay, etc artists and friends are invited to submit artwork of any medium and any size. Musicians, dancers and performance artists are also sought to the join this celebration of queer culture over the New Year period.

Tropical Fruits is again offering a first prize of $500 and two prizes of $250 each for second and third. Winners in the people’s choice awards will be chosen by the partygoers at the exhibition. For the previous two years, local artist Paul Bashford has won the people’s choice award and will be exhibiting again this year.

Another local artist on show is Karla Dickens, who is currently exhibiting her work at the Brisbane Museum. Karla is a two-time winner of the Northern Rivers Indigenous Art Award and a finalist in the 2009 NSW Parliament Indigenous Art Award.

Elle-Mental celebrates the four elements – earth, fire, water and air. So there’s the theme.

Entry is free.

To find out how to submit work, how to register as a volunteer, or for more info phone Neil on 0423 242 276 or Amoonda on 0432 622 654. Or email tropicalfruitsart@gmail.com.


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