Regional Mardi Gras Art Prize

Mardi Gras

For the first time in Madi Gras’ history, Canvas Events has just launched a Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize in association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize is a $3000 visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists from all walks of life (heterosexual or homosexual etc), living all over Australia. The exhibition aims to celebrate diversity, acceptance, equality, and love in all its forms, and provide a platform for the growing LGBTI community on the south coast to celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on their home turf.

Canvas Events is honoured to announce that the Art Prize is part of the official Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras program

The Art Prize and exhibition will be presented in Kiama at the Old Fire Station from 14 – 20 March 2016 and other smaller venues in and around Kiama. Artists are asked to draw inspiration from a fabulous quote You should only be ashamed of bein’ ashamed taken from Kiama born, Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly’s memoir “Women I’ve Undressed”. A powerful mantra that according to Orry-Kelly was expressed to him by an infamous madame Ms Rosie Boot, who he decribes as Sydney’s “best-dressed laced-mutton”  lady of the night. An insightful idiom that clearly resonated with Kelly throughout his extraordinary life and career.

There are four (4) judges on the panel

Ross Wallace, Production Designer of the Gillian Armstrong Film about Orry-Kelly’s life “Women He’s Undressed”…/ross-wallace-l-producti…/

Michele Bauer, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras & Mardi Gras Arts

Dr. Catherine Carr and Paula Gowans from the Kiama Council Cultural Board

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s biggest tourist drawcards, with the parade and dance party attracting many international and domestic tourists. It is New South Wales’ second-largest annual event in terms of economic impact, generating an annual income of about A$30 million for the state.

To get involved, submit an entry or find more information please visit the Art Prize’s Facebook page MARDI GRAS REGIONAL ART PRIZE

Or contact Bruce Ferguson at Canvas Events on 0418 307 808 or

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