The Doyles Art Award, the Gold Coast's longest-running painting prize, marked its 20th year with a record-breaking number of submissions from across Australia. The exhibition, which opened on June 27, 2024, at the Firth Park Community Centre in Mudgeeraba, showcases approximately 600 artworks and will run until July 7.

This year's competition attracted 780 adult entries and 244 junior entries across various categories. The prestigious award carries a total prize pool of $30,000, distributed among the Landscape, Figurative, and Still Life categories.

In the adult competition, Nick Offer claimed the top prize in the Landscape category for his work Remains of the Control Room at The Space Tracking Centre, Orroral Valley. Trish Tait won first place in the Figurative category with Staring down the barrel, while Bronwyn Searle's Golden Girls took top honours in Still Life.

The junior competition recognised young talents across three age groups, with Lucas Sun, Charley Stewart, and Maito Tanaka winning in their respective categories.

Event Director Sam Sinner emphasied the exhibition's role in promoting both emerging and established artists. The event has built a reputation for supporting the arts community, with last year's exhibition returning over $70,000 to artists through prizes and sales.

Named after renowned Australian artist d'Arcy William Doyle, the award was judged by a panel including HOTA Director Susi Muddiman OAM, SWELL Sculpture Festival Director Natasha Edwards, and professional artist Hobie Porter.

The Doyles Art Award, which began in 2004 as a volunteer-led initiative, continues to receive support from various arts-focused sponsors, ensuring its longevity and the growth of its prize money.

This free community event offers visitors the opportunity to view a diverse range of artworks, meet artists, and potentially purchase original pieces. It stands as a significant celebration of artistic talent on the Gold Coast, providing a platform for artists to showcase their creativity and connect with art enthusiasts.

Pictured: Councillor Glenn Tozer,  Nick Offer, and Susi Muddiman OAM