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Local residents seize the opportunity to shine at the Arts Awards Exhibition in Ballarat

Tuesday 23 September, 2008

Artwork by Ballarat residents, Casey McIntosh and Petera Clamp, have been selected for exhibition in The Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards 2008, and will be on display in a free public exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from 11 October to 2 November.

Casey McIntosh's painting titled "All Over Red Rover" is a bold reflection of his personal cancer journey. At 19 years old, Casey is a talented addition to the Visual Art category in this year's Arts Awards exhibition.

Petera Clamp's artwork titled "Hopes and Dreams" is a beautiful calligraphy mixed media work that encompasses words of hope and inspiration for cancer patients.

Ballarat is the second of three regional Victoria destinations to host the Arts Awards 2008 exhibition. The tour gives local residents an opportunity to display their work alongside a selection of work from the main exhibition held in Melbourne this July.

The Arts Awards 2008 theme Seize the Day inspired a record number of Australian artists of all ages to enter. Entrants expressed their cancer experience in diverse forms, with works entered in categories including visual art, short story, film, poetry, Indigenous art, and children's writing and art.

Judged by high profile experts including Kelly Gellatly, Tony Wilson and Arnold Zable, the 2008 Arts Awards Exhibition brings together the most outstanding of these works in a powerful and moving display.

Cancer Council Arts Awards Coordinator, Bree Keat, said the Ballarat Arts Awards 2008 exhibition offered Ballarat residents the opportunity to share and discuss a range of emotions that affect those touched by cancer.

"This show will bring together members of the local community who have been through a similar cancer experience and creates an atmosphere of sharing, healing and hope," Ms Keat said.

Dates: Ballarat Arts Awards Exhibition
Opening: Saturday 11 October 1-2pm
Free and open to all
Exhibition runs from 11 October to 2 November
Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North,